- Claim your business listing on Google
Sounds easy and it is, but to the general business owner navigating the internet isn't always simple. Go to http://www.google.com/, type your business type and zip code into the search field (i.e. web design 85086) and if you see your business click on the MORE button below it. Once on your Google Maps page, click on "Add or edit your business" and sign into you Google account or create one. Make sure the contact details you enter are valid because Google may contact you to confirm your listing... to ensure your business listing isn't being hijacked.
If your business listing does not show up, add it http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/services/var_1.html > Local Business Center. You will be required to log in to your Google account (or create one). Once in you'll be able to add contact details, web address, hours, photos, payment methods and much more.
- Claim your business listing on Yahoo
Just like with Google, go to http://www.yahoo.com/ and type your business type and zip code into the search field (i.e. web design 85086) and if you come up click on the listing then select "Know more details about this business? Click here to share them with your neighbors." This will allow you to claim the listing as an employee or owner, once you sign into your Yahoo account.
If your business listing doesn't show up, add it by visiting http://listings.local.yahoo.com/csubmit/index.php.
- Claim your business listing on Bing
Since Bing is a newer search engine we need to help them populate their business resource section. Just like with Google and Yahoo, go to http://www.bing.com/ and and type your business type and zip code into the search field (i.e. web design 85086) and if you come up click on "Change your business listing" if you'd like to update the information and claim the listing. Prior to changing or adding any details you will be prompted to log in to your Windows Live account.
If your business listing does not show up, add it at https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx. If you don't have a Windows Live account, I suggest creating it prior to completing the listing form, otherwise you'll have to fill out the form twice. After completing all the details, you will need to follow the directions in the letter from Bing to complete the verification process.
As you submit your listings give yourself enough time, don't rush. Be clear and concise with your messaging and be specific.