Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.
Steven Ciccantelli: Until my new website gets indexed properly I have been using Google AdWords.For local business can anyone suggest any similar options?
Tony McCreath: Find the local business directory websites that rank for what you do and get yourself in them. Be very consistent with your business name, address and phone number but make your descriptions detailed but unique for each.
Dave Elliott: is very good for the kind of thing Tony is mentioning. ;
Tony McCreath: ;are they good for non US work, like in the UK and Australia?
I find most local seo tools and services don't cover non US businesses very well.
Update: they state UK and Australia are covered.
Dave Elliott: yeah, I use it for UK stuff and it isn't bad. Certainly the best of its ilk that i have found.
Oh, one word of warning though. DON'T USE THE submission url type thing. So many of them are wrong, it seems people have been using them as a way of getting back links. ;
Greg Kristan: another awesome tool is That will show you all of the listings for your site (like yelp, google places, etc.) and will show you all of the information that is being shown on those sites.
The tool will also let you know which ones you have not created
Dave Elliott: get listed is USA only :( although moz promised me it was relaunching the international versions around May
Greg Kristan: ;that is awesome that an international version will be available! I had no idea they were working on that
Dave Elliott: there used to be a uk(and possibly aus) versions but thy were inaccurate so they had to sack them off and redevelop them. I got told by moz that they should be relaunching the UK one in May.... so november, maybe.
Steven Ciccantelli: I probably am in too many directories and for now happy with AdWords and will continue to use. I was just looking for a complimentary service like yp or yelp.I am USA based and curious about perhaps AdWords competition. Google rocks but I don't want to forget the other markets.
Mike Hanson: I haven't tried for UK but it's an option. Definitely start with Google, Bing and Yahoo Maps. ;