UPDATED 8.25.14 – YAHOO LOCAL APPEARS TO NOW ONLY SUPPORT BUSINESS PROFILE UPDATES VIA YEXT. IF YOU WANT TO CHECK YOUR BUSINESS LISTING’S STATUS ON YAHOO LOCAL AND ~50 OTHER LOCAL SEARCH SITES TRY YEXT’S FREE BUSINESS LISTING SCAN*.
You can create a free Yahoo Local Basic Listing by going to http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/local-listings/basic-listing/.
Yahoo has three different types of listings: Yahoo! Local Enhanced Listing ($9.95/mo), Yahoo! Localworks ($29.99/mo), Yahoo! Local Basic Listing. You can compare plans here.
For this article we are only demonstrating how to add a business listing to Yahoo local’s “Basic Listing”. The Basic Listing takes only seven steps to complete.
How to Claim a Free Local Business Listing on Yahoo
- Go to the Yahoo Local URL above and click on the “Sign up now” button
- Enter some details about the business you want to list. Start typing a category in the Business Category box and Yahoo will bring up available categories. Click the “Next” button
- Sign in to Yahoo. You have 4 choices; create a new account, sign in with Yahoo ID, Google ID, or Facebook ID
- In this demonstration we chose to use our Google ID. Click the “Accept” button
- Enter your birth date. Click the “Continue” button.
- Edit and submit your business information. Make sure this information is exactly the same as all of your other business listings, notably Google+ Places and your business’ website.
There’s a choice to “not display my business address”. Do not click this if you are trying to get citations for your Google+ Places’ page. Below this is a box to upload one company picture. Click the “Submit information” button when you’re done.
- Choose a type of verification. The quickest way is to receive a phone call. A Yahoo robot will call and supply a four digit number. Enter the number and click “Verify Code”
- That’s it! Yahoo will now review your business information and email you with a message stating whether the business will be published or not. Meanwhile you can click “View Your Dashboard” or move on to creating additional business listings
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