How to get your restaurant listed on search engines and restaurant sites

Every day a half of a million people eat out at restaurants in the US, and with Internet usage as prevalent as it is, it’s important that you make sure you are present wherever people look for restaurants — you better be sure your restaurant can be found online.

With all of the search, cityguide, social networking, yellowpage, and other sites available online, how do you make sure you’re listed? I’m compiling a list here of all of the restaurant-oriented or general local search sites that allow you to update business profile information — there’s a lot of them. Most of these sites allow you to update or add basic listings and some information for FREE.

Search Engines

Google – You can add, edit, or delete local business information via Google’s Local Business Center. Once you’ve done this, your business will show up on Google Maps – and sometimes in the main Google search results (see previous post). This service is free once you create or login to a Google account, although Google can also sell you sponsored listings.

Yahoo – Yahoo has a very robust set of listings, reviews, and ratings for local services and businesses, including restaurants. As a restaurant owner, you can add relevant information like hours of operation, specialties, cuisines, a short description, etc. This basic information is free with your Yahoo account, although their login site will try to get you to sign up for sponsored listings as well. Yahoo’s Local Listings site is here.

Windows Live Local – This is Microsoft’s local search site. You can check your listing and edit or add listings through the Windows Live Local “Local Listing Center” here. You’ll be asked to sign up or login with your Windows Live ID.

Ask City – Currently they don’t have an online method to update listings – but they source many of their listings from InfoUSA and from Citysearch (see below).

AOL Local Search – Currently they don’t have an online method to update listings, but they source many of their listings from InfoUSA and YellowPages.com (see below).

Local.com – Local.com is a search site dedicated to finding local businesses. You can update or add your restaurant on Local.com here.

Cityguides/Review Guides

– Citysearch – Citysearch is the grandaddy of Internet city guides; be sure they have your correct restaurant information. Search for your business on www.citysearch.com, then click on the “Have Updated Info? Suggest a correction” link. They also pull some information from InfoUSA (see below).

– Metromix – Metromix is a relatively new cityguide on a national level, having started in Chicago. They currently cover 9 markets in the US. You can submit your restaurant listing for consideration by their editors here (free account required).

– Yelp – The popular social networking and review site Yelp accepts information updates or additions from all of their users – search for your restaurant at www.yelp.com and click on the “Edit Business Info” link. Be sure to check the “Are you the business owner?” box next to the “submit” button on the update information form.

– InsiderPages – Although InsiderPages is now owned by Citysearch, you should check your restaurant listing on their site as well. You can sign up as a business owner here.

– WCities – Wcities is an editorially-oriented cityguide. You can submit edits or adds to their listings by selecting the appropriate topic from the pull-down list here.

Dedicated Restaurant Guides

– BooRah – BooRah is a restaurant review guide, pulling & summarizing reviews from other review sources across the web. Go to www.boorah.com and search for your restaurant, then click on the “Update Restaurant Info” link. You can also upload photos, menus, write a short description, and even track reviews on your restaurant for free by clicking on the “Are you the restaurant owner or manager? Click here to get involved” link. (Free signup) Disclosure – I work for BooRah.

– Restaurants.com – Restaurants.com is a restaurant listing site. You can add/edit your information here. They require you to display an “advertisement” for them on your restaurant website if you register, otherwise you can simply submit changes as a user.

– Dine.com – Has restaurant listings and reviews from their users. You can setup a “free website” on there site by registering here. They allow you to upload photos and menus for free, as well.

– Menupages – Has a comprehensive set of restaurant menus, with many restaurants in their 8 metro areas. You can get instructions to submit your menu for listing here.

– AllMenus – Another restaurant menu site; they claim to have over a quarter million menus listed. Search for your restaurant at www.allmenus.com, then click on the “Incorrect information” link to correct your listing or menu (they’ve collected most of these menus on their own!). You can also upload photos.

– UrbanSpoon – A restaurant listings and reviews site, featuring selected reviews pulled from other sources. Search for your restaurant at www.urbanspoon.com, then click on the “Edit restaurant info” link; be sure to check the “Do you own or manage this restaurant?” box at the bottom of the form.

Online Yellowpages Sites

– Superpages.com – Superpages is an online yellowpages site. You can review, edit or add your business listing here. Basic listings are free; they have many upsell options.

– Yellowpages.com – Yellowpages.com is an online yellowpages site. You can edit or add your business listing here (login required) by clicking on the “Get a FREE listing” link. They also have many upsell options.

– DexKnows.com – DexKnows.com is an online yellowpages site, primarily serving the Qwest phone company region. Search for your restaurant at www.dexknows.com and click on the “Business owners: Make updates to your business profile” link.

– MojoPages – Mojopages is a reviews-driven local business site that has some restaurant listings and reviews. You can add or update your restaurant listing for free here.

 – Yellowbot – Yellowbot is an online yellowpage site. You can update your listing by searching for your restaurant at www.yellowbot.com, then click on the “Submit a correction” link at the bottom (free login required).

Data Aggregators/Providers

– LocalEze – LocalEze is a data aggregator that provides business listings information to other online sites. You can add, edit, or delete your restaurant information here.

– Acxiom – Acxiom is a data aggregator that provides business listings information to other online sites. I couldn’t find an online method to update their listings – let me know if you find one.

– InfoUSA – InfoUSA is a data aggregator that provides business listings information to other online sites. You can add or update your restaurant listing at www.infousa.com – click on the “Update my Listing” link at the very bottom of the page.

– iBegin – iBegin is a data aggregator that provides business listings information to other online sites. You can add or update your restaurant listing here (free login required).

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5 responses to “How to get your restaurant listed on search engines and restaurant sites

  1. Another way to be listed is to provided an extra service not available everywhere.

    For example I think about free Wireless connections.
    But of course there are much more ideas to invent.

    All of them don’t have to be related to restaurant.

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  5. Great list! (just now reading the post)
    Rich Rosen
    fastcall411

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