Unlike many free local business search directories – simply having a business phone with a listing in the local yellow pages won’t guarantee your inclusion into this local directory. You may also find that 2Find Local hasn’t “found” your location – yet. So you if you choose to use 2 Find Local, you won’t be claiming your business listing – you’ll be creating one.
So even if 2Find Local hasn’t “found” your particular location yet – you may be wondering whether it’s worth the time and effort to create a listing for your business.
Here’s a few things you should know before you list your site at 2FindLocal.com.
First you should know that in order to have your website linked to your listing at 2Find Local – they ask for something in return – a link back to their site.
This means that your listing really isn’t “free” but it also may mean that you have to contact your web developer to include the link. That means your “free” listing may cost the hourly rate of your web developer.
A quick search through the site shows few businesses have claimed and linked their websites to 2FindLocal. Even businesses with five star reviews don’t have a link to their own url. This is alarming.
However, even more alarming is that once you create an account and you’re logged into 2Find Local – you’ll find you can not only add or edit your own business listing – you can edit ANYONE’S business listing!
I’ve seen this local business search directory touted by several local search “gurus” as a prime place to claim your listing – but I’m alarmed at the apparent ability to go in and easily “hijack” other local listings.
Should you submit your business to the directory? I probably won’t hurt.
Would I put a link to the directory on your own URL? Probably not. While that is what is “required” to have your URL listed on the site – I’m not sure I’d participate in “promoting” this local business search directory until there are some behind the scenes “controls” added to protect listings that are claimed and created.