What Is A Google Map Citation?


Trying to find out what a Google map citation is, and how it benefits a Google map listing? So many people talk about how important it is to have citations, but no one seems to actually come out and say EXACTLY what the heck a citation IS.

So here you go:

Answer: A Google local search map listing citation is simply mentions of your business Name, Address & Number (NAP) from across the web on other websites.

Consistency Is Important

Having the same phone number, address and business name consistently in all your business directories and citations (mentions of your name, address and phone number) across the internet is important and helps your map listing rank higher in local map searches.

Quality Citations Are Important

The quality of your citations for your NAP listings is important, get them from places like…

  • Yelp
  • Angie’s List
  • Yellowpages
  • Superpages
  • Hotfrog
  • Yahoo Local
  • Dex Knows
  • City Search
  • Service Magic
  • Youtube
  • Foursquare

You can find an awesome list of citations by city at MOZ.com

Citations also validate that a business is part of a community. It’s hard to fake membership in a chamber of commerce or a city or county business index, or being written about in a local online newspaper or popular blog.



Shyante JohnsonDecember 18, 2017 at 6:52 pmReply

This is great information. Thank you for taking the time to share. I do have a question. I’m a “micro” business owner of Bynum Ward & Associates. We’re a super small Real Estate Agency in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I’ve been doing my very best to update the many incorrect citations that exist for my business and there are a lot… However, 99% of the companies or sites refuse to make the corrections unless I pay a fee. Why is this? If they know the information they have is wrong and I’m trying to provide them with updated, correct information, why would they refuse to make the corrections without payment? Why wouldn’t they want their site to be as accurate as possible since people rely on the information? It seems like they are taking advantage of this very important area of concern. Do you know of a way to correct inaccurate info without paying?

residualrankDecember 28, 2017 at 6:44 pmReply

It is because Yext.com is buying up all the small and large directories and monopolizing the business directory industry. It is frustrating for people and expensive, and in my opinion unfair. Getting through to anyone to make a change for free without paying has for me been not possible yet.


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