IYP SEO Rankings Report 2009

Posted by on Aug 13, 2009 in Marketplace

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Local search engine optimization (SEO) consultant Andrew Shotland has just posted his list of top Internet Yellow Pages sites according to their SEO efforts.

He came up with the list by searching Google with his personalization turned off, and found 20 of the top yellow pages headings in the top U.S. cities. He searched by city and category, scoring them in reverse order, giving ten points to number one, nine points to number two, and so forth. He then added up the points and averaged them across all the queries for all the cities. The IYP with the most points was crowned American IYP SEO Idol of 2009. Directory publishers would do well to study the top few, to improve their own optimization.

Here is his list:

1.Superpages
2.Citysearch
3.Yelp
4.Yahoo Local
5.InsiderPages
6.YellowPages.com
7.BizJournals
8.AreaConnect
9.MagicYellow
10.Switchboard
11.MerchantCircle
12.GetFave
13.Yellowbot
14.Yellowpages.Lycos.com
15.Kudzu
16.Discoverourtown
17.Loqal.com
18.Local.Ingenio.com
19.YellowUSA.com
20.IAF.net

Scores dropped significantly after the first six, Shotland said.

Written by Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill has been a senior writer / analyst with the AIM Group since 2004, except for a two-year time-out to serve as sales and marketing manager for Suburban Newspapers of America. She worked at newspapers in California, the Carolinas and Indiana as a classified advertising sales supervisor and manager, and in newspaper circulation in Alaska. At the SNA, she was responsible for bringing in new members; lining up exhibitors, and helping develop programs for the classified conference and the classified alliance. She is also co-author of “Implementing and Managing Telework: A Guide for those who make it Happen” (Praeger Press) and a prolific blogger and social media user. She is based in Phoenix.

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