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Each week, we’re featuring an in-depth look at one of our recommended tasks built into the UpCity software for our clients. These tasks individually help contribute to your online presence and increase your chances of bringing free traffic to your site. Subscribe to the UpCity Daily Tips Newsletter for daily recommendations on how to bring customers to your site.

Background

This week, we’re taking a look at a fast growing local directory, Manta.com. Submitting your site to a strong local directory like Manta.com is a smart way to lift your local visibility among nearby competitors and get found by customers, which will ultimately generate more traffic to your website. Click here to read about a few of our other favorite local search directory recommendations.

Manta.com is a free business directory and one of the fastest growing small business resources in the U.S. Manta is much more than a standard directory. Not only is it a local directory for you to claim and promote your business, but Manta also centers around connecting its community of small businesses with one another.

Manta created a quick and easy submission process to add your business its listings. Best of all, Manta offers a FREE registration process. Click here to begin adding your business to Manta.com.

Process

As you move through the steps to list your site on Manta, be sure to follow the directions carefully and to fully complete the profile process. This important rule applies to Manta.com as well as all directories that you submit your site: Make sure your business information is consistent and correct across all your local directory listings, especially your business name, address, email, phone number, and website.

After you provide your contact information and address, a verification notice pops up with a phone number and reference code. You will need to call the provided number and give the reference code to prove the accuracy of your information. This brief phone call is the last step to complete your Manta listing. As soon as you verify your business with a Manta team member, you are driven back to the business profile. You will receive a “verified by Manta” badge on your profile.

Enhance It

Once the profile is verified, you’re invited to add more details, such as products and services, logo, business category, website, company contacts, membership, social media accounts, post an update and much more. The profile area also offers a free of charge and easy-to-understand Marketing Toolkit to enhance your listing.

One question that’s been asked to us: Should you pay to utilize more of Manta’s extended offerings? That’s up to you. Manta’s active small business community displays more enhanced profiles and get more leads than the companies choosing to use Manta one time only. We’d recommend sticking with the free listing for now, but why not explore the site when you have some time? You may want to upgrade your account if you like what you see.

UpCity is your guide to get your through the clutter! UpCity members receive an in-depth, personalized action plan to help optimize their website and our team is here to help you along the way. To learn more about Manta and other tasks that you’d find in your customized curriculum, sign up for an UpCity membership today.

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