Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Are business directory listings good or bad?

The Google Link Guideline has recently been updated and it says that businesses should avoid low quality links. But this statement refers to link directories and not business directories. CYLEX is not a low quality directory and it doesn't link company websites directly. A business directory listing does not affect neither your ranking nor your online reputation.
Online marketing consultants suggest that “online citations” and reviews do nothing but help the online presence of a company.

You can find more information about this matter here: 
Here you can read about the low-quality directory or bookmark site links listed as unnatural links, but this does not refer to business directories as yell.com, 192.com, freeindex.co.uk or cylex-uk.co.uk

Check the list of the top UK business directories written by local search expert Phil Rozek:

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Business Directories GB list 2013

As in previous years, we did some research to pinpoint some of the most important business directories in GB. The list didn't change much considering the number of these directories, but in some cases there are dramatic changes in the Alexa Traffic Rank compared to our statistics for 2012: some websites managed to stay on top, while others suffered a significant fall in traffic. Our list contains 63 business directories for GB.

Website Google PR Alexa GB 2013 Sites in Google Unique visitors per month, estimated by Google-ad planner Alexa GB 2012 Alexa Rank in GB difference between 2012 and 2013
yell.com 7 126 23 700 000 N/A 117 9 ↓
192.com 7 158  61 400 000 9M 165 7 ↑
companycheck.co.uk 4 669 3 970 000 N/A 390 279 ↓
duedil.com 5 730 11500000 N/A 777 47 ↑
freeindex.co.uk 5 743 666 000 460K 353 390 ↓
cylex-uk.co.uk 6 908 7 000 000 1.5M 826 82 ↓
thomsonlocal.com 7 1205 5 280 000 N/A 610 595 ↓
companiesintheuk.co.uk 3 1357 7 820 000 790K 1183 174 ↓
applegate.co.uk 5 2103 2 020 000 N/A 1488 615 ↓
hotfrog.co.uk 5 2246 3 070 000 400K 849 1397 ↓
scoot.co.uk 6 2286  2 190 000 200K 1479 807 ↓
misterwhat.co.uk 5 2303 3 490 000 780K 1051 1252 ↓
thebestof.co.uk 4 2470  300 000 N/A 855 1615 ↓
manta.com 6 2812 40 900 000 320K 1864 948 ↓
mylocalservices.co.uk 3 3060  776 000 280K 1556 1504 ↓
touchlocal.com 5 3331  764 000 120K 3005 326 ↓
businessmagnet.co.uk 5 3901 153 000 N/A 1291 2610 ↓
118.com 5 4023 2 760 000 64K 1812 2211 ↓
inuklocal.co.uk 1 4368 823 000 210K 3729 639 ↓
opendi.co.uk 8 4505 1 550 000 320K 19325 14820 ↑
companieslist.co.uk 2 4993 3 650 000 250K 28145 23152 ↑
accessplace.com 6 5097 144 000 N/A 3137 1960 ↓
wheresbest.co.uk 2 5434  504 000 250K 2630 2804 ↓
locallife.co.uk 5 5766 1 800 000 260K 3467 2299 ↓
cdrex.com 3 6582 4 730 000 170K 1437 5145 ↓
business-directory-uk.co.uk 5 6677 388  N/A 4421 2256 ↓
uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk 5 7000 501 000 15K 2905 4095 ↓
bizwiki.co.uk 1 7691 525 000  N/A 4323 3368 ↓
city-listings.co.uk 3 10070 1 370 000 100K 5572 4498 ↓
citylocal.co.uk 4 10192 525 000 N/A 5879 4313 ↓
bizzy.co.uk 3 10534  2 770 000 75K 3179 7355 ↓
yalwa.co.uk 5 10963 580 000 51K 24842 13879 ↑
yfs.co.uk 4 12439 29 000 N/A N/A N/A
enquira.co.uk 6 13689 383 000 130K 7419 6270 ↓
1stdirectory.com 3 13928 205  N/A 15628 1700 ↑
uk-local-search.co.uk 4 14059 5 400 000 32K 15185 1126 ↑
thediscdirectory.co.uk 3 17473 1 160 000 78K 8954 8519 ↓
searchme4.co.uk 4 17940 387 000 N/A 9997 7943 ↓
b2b-directory-uk.co.uk 4 18900 123  N/A 38210 19310 ↑
approvedbusiness.co.uk 3 23324  1 090 000 N/A 13104 10220 ↓
companies-uk.co.uk 0 23601 10 400 000 52K 10081 13520 ↓
wwwi.co.uk 4 24309 66 500 N/A 19872 4437 ↓
ukdirectory.co.uk 5 25477 628 000 N/A 20497 4980 ↓
tuugo.co.uk 4 27966 3 840 000 24K 12317 15649 ↓
businessnetwork.co.uk 2 28284 350 000 29K 12356 15928 ↓
bizdirbusinessdirectory.co.uk 4 31454  2 790 N/A 24647 6807 ↓
b2bindex.co.uk 4 32507 6 660 N/A 26532 5975 ↓
townpages.com 4 35392 156 000 N/A 16252 19140 ↓
zettai.net 4 39055 117 000 32K 27205 11850 ↓
citikey.co.uk 3 44459 440 000 48K 28376 16233 ↓
ukbusinessdirectoryltd.co.uk 0 45277 19 200 N/A N/A N/A
business.website-directory-uk.com 2 46948 5 460 N/A 56520 9572 ↑
zibb.co.uk 4 50187 467 000  16K 9094 41093 ↓
localsearch24.co.uk 4 60147  898 000 N/A 30548 29599 ↓
businesslist.co.uk 2 60788 228 000 N/A 41934 18854 ↓
toplocallistings.co.uk 3 65181 13 700 N/A 21351 43830 ↓
bdexcel.com 2 72281 7 630 000 18K 15387 56894 ↓
businessdirectory-uk.com 3 80927 3 800 N/A 28461 52466 ↓
ukfreedirectory.com 2 112172 4 860 000 N/A 115868 3696 ↑
blinks.org.uk 3 122099 14 200 N/A 74598 47501 ↓
wura.co.uk 4 141059 11 900 N/A 15909 125150 ↓
ogbit.com 2 N/A 14 100 N/A 16468 N/A
kyotee.co.uk N/A N/A N/A N/A 76990 N/A

* Data collected on June 11, 2013

Monday, 4 March 2013

Customer Reviews: A Complex Path to Purchase [Infographic]

Do you have the habit of looking everything up on the internet? Well, we do! In today's world of data overload we can almost find everything in the world wide web. If you need a new dishwasher or have an eye on a fancy digital camera, you simply google it and start examining and comparing. Let's say you already have a brand/type in mind, so you rather opt for customer reviews instead of sticking solely to manufacturer descriptions.

Customer reviews are highly subjective and can help you make objective shopping decisions: reviewers might be our best advisers when it comes to purchasing a certain product or finding the most delicious pizza in the city. We are more likely to choose the service or product we have read reviews about, simply because we rely on real customer feedback. 

You can shape customer experience as well, by sharing your opinion with others, telling everything about the services you have used so far. If you like a company for its professional customer service or you are totally satisfied with the staff of your favorite beauty salon, spread the news! Show your appreciation with a review so that everyone knows about the best businesses in the city! 

Did you have bad experiences with a company? You should write about that too...as long as you remain polite of course. People are not looking for positive reviews and excellent ratings, but real experiences. Moreover, businesses have the opportunity to respond to negative reviews, build their trust and improve their services.

For more information check out the infographic below.



Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Nearby public transportation and Routing feature in the CYLEX Business Directory

In one of our previous posts we've told you about the box on the company presentation pages displaying nearby public transit stops. Now we've connected it to the map, so a click on one of the transit stops will show it on the map above. 

Map showing nearby public transit stations

By this very simple, yet significant feature, you can plan your route a lot easier and what's more, another box is providing info concerning the nearest car parks (distance and parking costs are also provided). Just as in case of the public transit stops, when clicking on one of the car parks, it is displayed on the map.

Map showing nearby car parks with distance and parking costs

While the old design contained only a box of similar companies based on the keyword + location combination, when examining the presentation page of a company, you'll see there is a list of Nearby stores, that is a list of the closest locations of a multi-branch company.

Box containing nearby stores of a multi-branch company

If you are interested in other nearby companies that are similar to the one you've found in CYLEX Business Directory, you can find them on the bottom of the presentation page, with the distance provided:

A box with similar companies around the address

In order to visit one of these companies, just click on the name of the company and you are directed to its presentation page to find more details about it. Our new features contain a street finder so that finding your way to the store / fast food can be a lot easier.
You can also widen your Branch locator search by setting a search radius around a given location with the radius slider: you'll find it in the search bar near the city.

The search box with keyword, city and search radius

Discover and make the best out of these feature and in case you'd like to share your experiences, use our CYLEX UK facebook page or fill in our feedback form on our Business Directory. Your opinion matters!


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

CYLEX UK new feature: the Branch Locator



Are you looking for the closest location of your favorite chain restaurant or store? We have polished the design of our landing page a bit and at the same time have implemented new features in order to make it easier for users to seach our business directory. In the footer part of CYLEX Business Directory United Kingdom there is a Branch locator with the most important branches around the top cities in the UK.


The branches are organized into categories and by choosing a category, the most important multi-branch businesses of that category are displayed on the citymap. Basic information of the branches are shown (company name, address, opening hours.). When hovering above the Opening Hours part (current day's opening hours), the opening hours table is displayed in  the whole. Details & Opening Hours link directs you to the presentation page of the selected company.


Interested in all the branches representing the selected category? You'll find them moving your mouse over All branches from this category.

You can also widen your search by picking a city, let's say London: in this case the page displays the list of all the main categories, nearby branches (nearest locations of branches and distance), popular stores in the city and a statistics box informing you about the number of Store chains / Branches in the city you have selected.



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

2012 Top Business Directories in the UK

We have created a list of 60 + 1 business directories from the UK and analyzed them based on a number of criteria (PageRank, Alexa GB Traffic Rank, Sites in Google, number of monthly visitors). We have ranked them according to the collected Alexa data but this is not representative statistics.

The last column of the list indicates the change of Alexa Traffic Rank of those business directories that were analyzed last year and there are many other directories that have made it to the list in 2012 for the first time. As long as in 2011 we looked at 47 online directories, this year we have expanded our list to include a higher number of websites offering information on businesses.

Data collected on July 02, 2012

Website Google PR Alexa GB 2012 Sites in Google Unique visitors per month, estimated by Google-ad planner Alexa GB 2011 Alexa Rank in GB difference between 2011 and 2012
yell.com 7 117 41.400.000 3.5M 105 12 ↓
192.com 7 165 41.000.000 3.8M 133 32 ↓
freeindex.co.uk 5 353 2.160.000 630K 262 91 ↓
companycheck.co.uk 3 390 6.240.000 380K N/A
thomsonlocal.com 7 610 5.440.000 510K 850 240 ↑
duedil.com 4 777 114000 170K N/A
cylex-uk.co.uk 6 826 6.640.000 1.1M 1124 298 ↑
hotfrog.co.uk 5 849 8.370.000 570K 781 68 ↓
thebestof.co.uk 4 855 890000 390K 844 11 ↓
misterwhat.co.uk 4 1051 3.960.000 570K 963 88 ↓
companiesintheuk.co.uk 3 1183 5.420.000 430K N/A
businessmagnet.co.uk 5 1291 177000 140K 776 515 ↓
cdrex.com 3 1437 11.700.000 430K 2732 1295 ↑
scoot.co.uk 6 1479 2.600.000 240K N/A
applegate.co.uk 5 1488 1.970.000 290K 351 1137 ↓
mylocalservices.co.uk 3 1556 1.570.000 180K 1558 2 ↑
manta.com 6 1864 7.7500.000 11M N/A
118.com 5 1812 7.810.000 350K N/A
wheresbest.co.uk 3 2630 1.150.000 180K 3118 488 ↑
uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk 5 2905 189000 78K 2270 635 ↓
touchlocal.com 5 3005 1.280.000 100K 2250 755 ↓
accessplace.com 5 3137 194000 220K 2541 596 ↓
bizzy.co.uk 3 3179 8.960.000 180K N/A
locallife.co.uk 5 3467 3.090.000 220K 3308 159 ↓
inuklocal.co.uk 2 3729 1.060.000 160K 3606 123 ↓
bizwiki.co.uk 5 4323 668000 120K 3055 1268 ↓
business-directory-uk.co.uk 5 4421 266 32K 2637 1784 ↓
city-listings.co.uk 3 5572 1.490.000 75K 7417 1845 ↑
citylocal.co.uk 4 5879 821000 39K 6573 694 ↑
enquira.co.uk 6 7419 533000 120K N/A
thediscdirectory.co.uk 3 8954 1.510.000 63K N/A
zibb.co.uk 4 9094 2.140.000 85K N/A
searchme4.co.uk 4 9997 657000 39K 9895 102 ↓
companies-uk.co.uk 0 10081 1.750.000 59K N/A
tuugo.co.uk 4 12317 2.210.000 23K N/A
businessnetwork.co.uk 2 12356 870000 48K 7956 4400 ↓
approvedbusiness.co.uk 4 13104 116000 23K 10930 2174 ↓
uk-local-search.co.uk 5 15185 1.890.000 30K 8290 6895 ↓
bdexcel.com 0 15387 1.330.000 N/A N/A
1stdirectory.com 4 15628 70 30K 4726 10902 ↓
wura.co.uk 4 15909 11100 N/A 17318 1409 ↑
townpages.com 4 16252 90700 27K 20076 3824 ↑
ogbit.com 3 16468 463000 N/A 8368 8100 ↓
opendi.co.uk 7 19325 1.180.000 32K N/A
wwwi.co.uk 4 19872 189000 30K 9229 10643 ↓
ukdirectory.co.uk 5 20497 65400 17K N/A
toplocallistings.co.uk 4 21351 16200 N/A 17427 3924 ↓
bizdirbusinessdirectory.co.uk 4 24647 2450 N/A 11089 13558 ↓
yalwa.co.uk 5 24842 206000 N/A 21199 3643 ↓
b2bindex.co.uk 4 26532 7160 N/A 13191 13341 ↓
zettai.net 4 27205 160000 47K 18120 9085 ↓
companieslist.co.uk 1 28145 1.720.000 12K N/A
citikey.co.uk 4 28376 880000 32K N/A
businessdirectory-uk.com 4 28461 5490 N/A 21247 7214 ↓
localsearch24.co.uk 4 30548 75700 11K N/A
b2b-directory-uk.co.uk 4 38210 120 N/A 13374 24836 ↓
businesslist.co.uk 2 41934 180000 N/A N/A
business.website-directory-uk.com 3 56520 4510 N/A 32018 24502 ↓
blinks.org.uk 2 74598 38900 N/A N/A
kyotee.co.uk 4 76990 2.520.000 N/A 32983 44007 ↓
ukfreedirectory.com 2 115868 2.080.000 N/A N/A

Friday, 29 June 2012

Verified listings and update information on CYLEX Business Directory

CYLEX Business Directory makes sure to offer the most up-to-date information possible: whenever the correctness of a company presentation page is verified by the owner, the 'Verified Listing' sign appears near company name, so that our users can easily make sure that the contact details and descriptions are set correctly.
Our users can also check how much time has passed since the last update of a company profile; this information can be found on the business profile above opening hours.
 

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