How To Add or Update a Business Listing To Mapquest

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Mapquest.com, the original online map app, was acquired by Aol several years ago. While the site is no longer the dominant mapping service, it still gets a lot of local search traffic for people looking for both directions and businesses. You want to make sure that your business is listed there and that it’s up to date.

In January 2014, Mapquest decided to completely outsource the Mapquest local business center to Yext. So now if you want to add a business listing to Mapquest or you want to know how to update your Mapquest listing, you need to use Yext.

It’s pretty simple. You just sign up for a Yext Powerlistings subscription and then you can add or update your business info, not only on Mapquest, but on the 50+ other local search sites in Yext’s network. Yext Powerlistings also has some other great features including review monitoring, reporting on traffic to local search site profile pages and posting to your Facebook, Foursquare and Google+ accounts.

You can check out how your business appears in Yext’s network here.

Disclosure: I get a cut from sending business to Yext. It’s not much but it keeps the lights on at the blog, so if you’re interested in Yext, I’d appreciate it if you buy it through my link. Thanks!



5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ronald Harris // Jun 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Why make a person pay to add a business or update it. I like doing this myself I dont want to pay yext to do my business but if I dont can I be listed?

  • 2 Andrew Shotland // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Ron,

    The challenge many directory sites have is the cost of managing the listings/claiming/updating process. Until Yext came along, most did a pretty awful job of it because it wasn’t where the money was. Yext figured out a way to manage this function and turn a cost center for these directories into a profit center. I agree for those who want to do it themselves, it’s a drag, but there are a lot of businesses who just want it done for them.

  • 3 Ruth Siegel // Aug 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

    My business information has changed and I cannot update it because some directories now use YEXT. I paid SEO companies to create directory listings for me which are now not accurate. Do you hear the huge ripping sound? What fascists!

    I would NEVER, EVER consider giving YEXT a penny!

  • 4 Andrew Shotland // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Hey Ruth,

    Hard to say without seeing what happened, but my guess is that your listing changes have nothing to do with Yext and everything to do with most local directory site publishers’ inability to effectively maintain consistent data. While I can understand not wanting to pay Yext to fix this problem, fixing this kind of problem is one of the main reasons Yext exists. We see this kind of thing happen over and over again to listings that have been manually claimed.

  • 5 Ruben Pizarro // Sep 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Nice! I figured there had to be a way to upload business directory to whitepages, switchboard, 411, and some of the other ones that don’t allow you to register your business…

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