What Are The Top UK Citations For Local SEO?



Citations are a key factor in raising visibility in Google’s local search results. Yet, not all citations are created equally. In fact, less can be more when it comes to getting your citations dialled in.

In this article, we outline the essential, general purpose of UK citations that will get your Local SEO off on the right foot

You will also see listed, the top 50 citations sites in the UK as we see it here at Localise. For those of you still not 100% sure what a citation is or why they matter you can visit our citation FAQ section.



The best way to increase your chances to rank high for local searches is through Citations. Citations are not links but rather references that contain information about your business Name, Address, and Phone aka NAP on local review sites, directories and business listings. Google scrapes these third party business directories and listing sites and take the data into account when determining which business/website to show for Geo-targeted searches.

One mistake that many businesses make when claiming listings and citations is that they hire VA’s and outsource this task, as a result, there is inconsistency in the information which can do more harm than good. Both on your website and throughout the web the NAP information has to be consistent as Google evaluates the credibility of genuine and real businesses based on the fact that their information is valid.



The reality here is that no one 100% knows what are the best citations. But we can make recommendations based upon the quality and what we see working for the many businesses who we help in the UK.

We’ve curated a list of the best 50 UK citation sources and directories that we use for our clients. Work your way through the list, using the same information about your business at each listing location.

So whilst no one outside of Google knows exactly which the best citation sites are, we have reviewed the various professional opinions (old and new) from around the web and looked at the research that has been done to determine the what we believe are the top UK citation sources.

Additionally, these citations are potentially a solid source of traffic as they can feature on well-ranked pages so we must ensure our business is well represented on these pages with lots of details, photos, videos, and those essential reviews

In addition to this list, it is also a great idea to get your name and information listed in local directories, industry-specific directories, with local newspapers, with local chambers, and with local or regional blogs and websites. If you can get listed on a local Google News approved website than even better!

Note: To make this list helpful, most of the links send you directly to the URL to add your business.



Citation Site Domain Authority General / Niche Listing URL
maps.apple.com 100 General Go to site
facebook.com 96 General Go to site
bing.com 94 General Go to site
directory.independent.co.uk 94 General Go to site
directory.mirror.co.uk 94 General Go to site
google business profile 94 General Go to site
foursquare.com 92 General Go to site
local.standard.co.uk 92 General Go to site
directory.dailyrecord.co.uk 87 General Go to site
city-data.com 84 General Go to site
here.com 84 General Go to site
tomtom.com 80 General Go to site
bizcommunity.com 76 General Go to site
justlanded.com 75 General Go to site
yell.com 74 General Go to site
yelp.co.uk 74 General Go to site
192.com 66 General Go to site
gb.kompass.com 66 General Go to site
factual.com 62 General Go to site
cylex-uk.co.uk 61 General Go to site
bark.com 59 General Go to site
brownbook.net 59 General Go to site
communitywalk.com 58 General Go to site
infobel.com 58 General Go to site
spoke.com 58 General Go to site
thebestof.co.uk 57 General Go to site
freeindex.co.uk 56 General Go to site
storeboard.com 55 General Go to site
scoot.co.uk 54 General Go to site
lacartes.com 52 General Go to site
cybo.com 50 General Go to site
ibegin.com 50 General Go to site
thomsonlocal.com 50 General Go to site
uk.showmelocal.com 50 General Go to site
europages.co.uk 49 General Go to site
hotfrog.co.uk 48 General Go to site
n49.com 47 General Go to site
touchlocal.com 47 General Go to site
expressbusinessdirectory.com 45 General Go to site
2findlocal.com 44 General Go to site
findtheneedle.co.uk 43 General Go to site
misterwhat.co.uk 42 General Go to site
cityvisitor.co.uk 39 General Go to site
opening-times.co.uk 38 General Go to site
tupalo.com 38 General Go to site
mylocalservices.co.uk 37 General Go to site
uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk 37 General Go to site
tipped.co.uk 36 General Go to site
fyple.co.uk 35 General Go to site
opendi.co.uk 25 General Go to site



50+ sites may seem overwhelming at first however we’ve made it easy for you by sorting the list based on Authority which means you can start with the Top Tier directories such as Google Business Profile, Apple, Bing, Yelp, Foursquare etc and then move on step by step just like link building is done slowly over the period of time. Do check out the big players in the local search ecosystem to claim your listing on the sites first. Be sure to measure the results as you build the citations and see where you’re ranking also don’t make the mistake by giving this task to VA or Outsourcers for cheap money as any inconsistency as slightest deviation can be costly also in many instances VA’s end up making duplicate listings for the businesses.



If you don’t have the time to complete this task then why not hire one of the best Citations builders in the UK at Localise?

Our experienced citation team regularly builds over thousands of citations every month and we submit to more than 120 citation sites in the UK alone.

Get your business listed on the most important sites with Localise help. We’ve done the work, so you don’t have to! Through years of experience building citations, and conducting industry research we’ve created a list of sites that have the biggest impact for businesses in the United Kingdom when it comes to local search rankings and visibility.

We’re more cost-effective than any other provider and there are no recurring fees. We also believe that our Citation Building service is the most comprehensive in the UK.


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