For any marketer or SEO working with local businesses, you know how important citations are for rankings. Citation building is, I’d admit, is a tedious task that could take hours of your time. When I started building citations for clients the first time, I’ve gone back and forth with different ideas (copy and pasting) but none stuck with me until I came across this easy, obvious and effective tactic. I know – how did I not find out about this earlier? The answer I have for that question is, I don’t know
I’m giving Nyagoslav the credit for bringing this up to and helping me be more productive with my citation building process. If you haven’t purchased his Citation Building Guide, you’ll definitely need to check it out. It’s gold! A ton of value there whether you are a beginner or an advanced citation builder.
Just like how the title of this posts reads – start using the Chrome auto-fill setting. From time to time, Google begins to pick up on your behaviour and saves the information for you without you having to do anything. Ever noticed that? Well, there is a place to add in this information for each business that you work with.
This feature is out of the box with Google Chrome. You can set up as many auto-fills for contact information and credit cards as you like. To get there, you will need to follow these steps:
- Click on the icon in the top right hand corner of your browser
- Click Settings
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings
- Under Passwords and Forms, click Manage Autofill settings
- Add new street address
- Fill in the form, OK, done.
After you’ve added the information, head over here and test it out: http://www.contactus.yp.ca/yellowpages/error.xhtml Start typing the business name and all the fields should populate on its own.
*From time to time, Chrome won’t recognize the field correctly and that is usually because of bad page markup or bad coding on the page. Another common mistakes it does is auto-fill the business name field with the owner’s/manager’s name. It’s important that we don’t fully rely on auto-fill to be 100% accurate, although we wish and want it to. Be sure to recheck your fields before hitting the submit button.
Hope you enjoyed this nifty trick. Now, go on and build some citations!