General directories sort companies into groups such as industry, location, and company size. Some directories, however, are specific to a certain industry. This allows for a more efficient search and better results.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your business directories:

General and industry specific directories. If your business is in a specific industry, you will benefit from finding a directory targeted strictly toward companies in that field. For businesses handling a broader subject matter, general directories are more beneficial for reaching consumers.

Keep your directories consistent. One of the biggest challenges businesses face is managing directories and establishing consistency across all platforms. As you begin to update your company information on directories, be sure to keep a detailed list of all the directories your business uses. Make it a priority to revisit them on a monthly basis and ensure all the information is relevant and up-to-date.

Use directories with good credibility. Larger, well-known online directories are typically more trustworthy. This increases the likelihood that a directory will have the most accurate and up-to-date information available. Directories such as Yahoo and Yelp have strong reputations, and are generally considered to be reliable.

What directory do you use most often? What are the advantages of using this directory?

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