I am Interested in Setting Up a Local Business Directory

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Hi Everyone,

I am interested in setting up a local business directory, but I really don't know where to purchase a good website. I see the directory press, but is this really the best option. I am trying to put together the best options for setting up the local business directory. Once the directory is set up what is the best methods for optimizing websites locally? I will appreciate input on this top, I am really ready to dive in, I recently signed up for NP, but it appears through the use of duplicate content, Google will eventually ban your website. I want to avoid the Google Website Ban and set up the locally directory properly. Can someone assist me a good method and resources to start this local directory?

Thanks,
Cplayers
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    • Profile picture of the author cplayers
      Originally Posted by Leanne King View Post

      There's city theme and a few by Brian Gardener that make good directory sites. There's also this one Classifieds Premium WordPress Theme : PremiumPress | Classifieds Theme V6 | Latest WP Themes
      Thank you very much, I will check out these themes! I really want to get started with this business since NP got me really hyped up about this business. I just don't want to get banned from Google! So all suggestions are much appreciated!

      Thx,
      Cplayers
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      • Profile picture of the author AussieT
        Originally Posted by cplayers View Post

        Thank you very much, I will check out these themes! I really want to get started with this business since NP got me really hyped up about this business. I just don't want to get banned from Google! So all suggestions are much appreciated!

        Thx,
        Cplayers
        Hi CD
        I wouldn't be overly worried about the duplicate content issue you raised with NP. There are many NP sites out there with the same content but I notice that many of them are still ranking on first page of G.

        Google still gives them some credence because of the low competition for local searches. If someone is searching for it G wants to serve up some results.

        Don't forget that the the content is also being modified (slightly) by the local city qualifier.

        Also you will not be BANNED by G at worst your site might not be given good rankings.

        That's not to say that building a directory is not a good idea. I've have a few myself. The last one I built I used WooThemes "Listing" from memory.

        But I am going to try directorypress for my next one.
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        • Profile picture of the author cplayers
          Originally Posted by AussieT View Post

          Hi CD
          I wouldn't be overly worried about the duplicate content issue you raised with NP. There are many NP sites out there with the same content but I notice that many of them are still ranking on first page of G.

          Google still gives them some credence because of the low competition for local searches. If someone is searching for it G wants to serve up some results.

          Don't forget that the the content is also being modified (slightly) by the local city qualifier.

          Also you will not be BANNED by G at worst your site might not be given good rankings.

          That's not to say that building a directory is not a good idea. I've have a few myself. The last one I built I used WooThemes "Listing" from memory.

          But I am going to try directorypress for my next one.
          Ok understood, it just that I am hearing bad things about NP, sites getting banned by G. So now, I am not certain which direction to take, as I have put in a lot of work to make this happen. Thanks for your input!

          Cplayers
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          • Profile picture of the author philboy uk
            I believe that you should first determine what the objective of your directory is. I have built a local directory, with no intention of charging a monthly fee ( though I may ask businesses to make a small donation to charity ... )

            I also have no intention of getting the directory ranked in the search engines either. The purpose of the directory is to give me a reason to talk to local business owners and to generate leads for my offline business..... Though I may put the video site map to use, and rank videos on the directory.... for a fee

            I am promoting the directory through facebook. All that I will ask of business owners is to 'like' the directory, why wouldnt they ? . And if the directory can generate money for a worthwhile / local charity, I am hoping this will help the viral spread.

            This is a basic marketing strategy, give something away for free, build your 'list' and then upsell other services. The directory also gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents.

            I suggest that you put something on the directory that will make it stand out and grab business owners attention, for example, there is a WSO about using cartoon animation characters. Lets face it, most directories are quite dull.
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            • Profile picture of the author cplayers
              Originally Posted by philboy uk View Post

              I believe that you should first determine what the objective of your directory is. I have built a local directory, with no intention of charging a monthly fee ( though I may ask businesses to make a small donation to charity ... )

              I also have no intention of getting the directory ranked in the search engines either. The purpose of the directory is to give me a reason to talk to local business owners and to generate leads for my offline business..... Though I may put the video site map to use, and rank videos on the directory.... for a fee

              I am promoting the directory through facebook. All that I will ask of business owners is to 'like' the directory, why wouldnt they ? . And if the directory can generate money for a worthwhile / local charity, I am hoping this will help the viral spread.



              This is a basic marketing strategy, give something away for free, build your 'list' and then upsell other services. The directory also gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents.

              I suggest that you put something on the directory that will make it stand out and grab business owners attention, for example, there is a WSO about using cartoon animation characters. Lets face it, most directories are quite dull.
              Thank you Philboy for the information, I just sent you a PM.

              Cplayers
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            • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
              Originally Posted by philboy uk View Post

              I believe that you should first determine what the objective of your directory is. I have built a local directory, with no intention of charging a monthly fee ( though I may ask businesses to make a small donation to charity ... )

              I also have no intention of getting the directory ranked in the search engines either. The purpose of the directory is to give me a reason to talk to local business owners and to generate leads for my offline business..... Though I may put the video site map to use, and rank videos on the directory.... for a fee

              I am promoting the directory through facebook. All that I will ask of business owners is to 'like' the directory, why wouldnt they ? . And if the directory can generate money for a worthwhile / local charity, I am hoping this will help the viral spread.

              This is a basic marketing strategy, give something away for free, build your 'list' and then upsell other services. The directory also gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents.

              I suggest that you put something on the directory that will make it stand out and grab business owners attention, for example, there is a WSO about using cartoon animation characters. Lets face it, most directories are quite dull.
              Well, for me...This is the kind of professionally looking site I'd like and love to have...and to think this was created, easily & simply with Directory Press! Now, how coo-well is that! I'm sold!
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            • Profile picture of the author infoseek
              Originally Posted by philboy uk View Post

              I believe that you should first determine what the objective of your directory is. I have built a local directory, with no intention of charging a monthly fee ( though I may ask businesses to make a small donation to charity ... )

              I also have no intention of getting the directory ranked in the search engines either. The purpose of the directory is to give me a reason to talk to local business owners and to generate leads for my offline business..... Though I may put the video site map to use, and rank videos on the directory.... for a fee

              I am promoting the directory through facebook. All that I will ask of business owners is to 'like' the directory, why wouldnt they ? . And if the directory can generate money for a worthwhile / local charity, I am hoping this will help the viral spread.

              This is a basic marketing strategy, give something away for free, build your 'list' and then upsell other services. The directory also gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents.

              I suggest that you put something on the directory that will make it stand out and grab business owners attention, for example, there is a WSO about using cartoon animation characters. Lets face it, most directories are quite dull.
              I have to agree, city portal sites are very dull except mine :-) *|*Local Miami Guide and Events with 4,000 + daily views - I too do not charge for the listing. I use it to get my foot in the door and talk about some other offline offers :-)
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              • Profile picture of the author link82
                Originally Posted by infoseek View Post

                I have to agree, city portal sites are very dull except mine :-) *|*Local Miami Guide and Events with 4,000 + daily views - I too do not charge for the listing. I use it to get my foot in the door and talk about some other offline offers :-)
                Hey info, that looks nice. May I ask what you used to build that site? WP? What plug-ins etc.? I'll probably have more ?s but will start here.

                Thanks!
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                • Profile picture of the author infoseek
                  templatic Geo-themes but modified to the max. all kinds of plugins :-)

                  I am finishing a bug free version of the wp theme to make available to all who wish to have a city portal. should be done next week.


                  kind regards,


                  Juan
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                  • Profile picture of the author crennyw
                    Originally Posted by infoseek View Post

                    templatic Geo-themes but modified to the max. all kinds of plugins :-)

                    I am finishing a bug free version of the wp theme to make available to all who wish to have a city portal. should be done next week.


                    kind regards,


                    Juan
                    I'll be looking for that! Thanks
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              • Profile picture of the author TWalker
                Originally Posted by infoseek View Post

                I have to agree, city portal sites are very dull except mine :-) *|*Local Miami Guide and Events with 4,000 + daily views - I too do not charge for the listing. I use it to get my foot in the door and talk about some other offline offers :-)
                Haha...Geoplaces me too! Nice header. Geoplaces out of the box blows away other portals but I customized mine as well and I use the map features more than you since we are tourist area.
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                • Profile picture of the author infoseek
                  Actually, it's not really Geo places ;-)


                  send me a pm -

                  J
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                  • Profile picture of the author AshokanKid
                    Originally Posted by infoseek View Post

                    Actually, it's not really Geo places ;-)


                    send me a pm -

                    J
                    Hey InfoSeek;

                    Wow, your Local Miami Guide looks GREAT~!

                    Can you provide more info on how you created that site?

                    I tried to PM you, but apparently do not have enough posts to my credit yet. Oops.

                    Thanks;

                    SC
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                    • Profile picture of the author infoseek
                      send me an email from the site itself -
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              • Profile picture of the author DJVan
                Originally Posted by infoseek View Post

                I have to agree, city portal sites are very dull except mine :-) *|*Local Miami Guide and Events with 4,000 + daily views - I too do not charge for the listing. I use it to get my foot in the door and talk about some other offline offers :-)
                Yours is one of the nicer directories I have seen. Who's software are you using?
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        • Profile picture of the author cplayers
          Originally Posted by AussieT View Post

          Hi CD
          I wouldn't be overly worried about the duplicate content issue you raised with NP. There are many NP sites out there with the same content but I notice that many of them are still ranking on first page of G.

          Google still gives them some credence because of the low competition for local searches. If someone is searching for it G wants to serve up some results.

          Don't forget that the the content is also being modified (slightly) by the local city qualifier.

          Also you will not be BANNED by G at worst your site might not be given good rankings.

          That's not to say that building a directory is not a good idea. I've have a few myself. The last one I built I used WooThemes "Listing" from memory.

          But I am going to try directorypress for my next one.
          Hi AussieT,

          Thank you for your Input, unfortunately getting banned by the G scares me, after I have put a ton of time and work, which is why I trying to find a directory along the same concept as NP. Which directory, I don't know yet. Still researching, but I will probably keep NP info, because right now the info is still good!

          Cplayers
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  • Profile picture of the author jsherloc
    I'll tell ya what, DirectoryPress is pretty impressive in terms of "plug and play". I'm using it for a project that is essentially a "directory of directories" right now, so I had to do some pretty dramatic customizations, etc and really tweak the back-end to try and suit my needs.

    If you want your directory up and running quick, and you are just looking for basic functions, ease of use, and setting up featured/premium/pay as you go advertising for your local area, I'd recommend it. It is not insanely flexible or anything, but it does the job it is supposed to do and will have you up and running with minimal headaches IMO.

    - Jim
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    • Profile picture of the author cplayers
      Originally Posted by jsherloc View Post

      I'll tell ya what, DirectoryPress is pretty impressive in terms of "plug and play". I'm using it for a project that is essentially a "directory of directories" right now, so I had to do some pretty dramatic customizations, etc and really tweak the back-end to try and suit my needs.

      If you want your directory up and running quick, and you are just looking for basic functions, ease of use, and setting up featured/premium/pay as you go advertising for your local area, I'd recommend it. It is not insanely flexible or anything, but it does the job it is supposed to do and will have you up and running with minimal headaches IMO.

      - Jim
      Thanks Jim for your input, what about SEOing the sites or listing. How does one do this? Any suggestions for a local directory business?

      Thx,
      Cplayers
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  • Profile picture of the author matrixman
    Could someone enlighten me what NP is? You've all been using it like it is common knowledge. Hopefully when I find out I won't feel dumb :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author krzysiek
      In the same boat as the guy above! :p

      I am into the directory side of things also. I was not happy with the directory themes by WordPress though, as I needed to have a lot of customisation done and they still didn't work as I would want.

      So now I am mid-way having a custom one completely coded from scratch. It's looking quite good. The only reason I am forking out the $3K to make it is because I intend on making it a national one. We have a few here in Aus, but they look like crap... and I do think user experience will serve me justice in the long term, because my one looks a lot better and it is a lot easier to use.

      When it is done, I just need to somehow work out how to get clients to pay me. PayPal and my local banks credit card integration will be in place, and SEO will be started as soon as it is ready to go, I just need to work out an effective way of getting the paying clients to pay me.

      I am hoping to sign up 1,000 clients by hopefully around a year's time or so.
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      • Profile picture of the author AussieT
        What broad niche are you going after? You don't have to be too specific.

        $3K seems a bit steep, guess you are not having it done in India

        Originally Posted by krzysiek View Post

        In the same boat as the guy above! :p

        I am into the directory side of things also. I was not happy with the directory themes by WordPress though, as I needed to have a lot of customisation done and they still didn't work as I would want.

        So now I am mid-way having a custom one completely coded from scratch. It's looking quite good. The only reason I am forking out the $3K to make it is because I intend on making it a national one. We have a few here in Aus, but they look like crap... and I do think user experience will serve me justice in the long term, because my one looks a lot better and it is a lot easier to use.

        When it is done, I just need to somehow work out how to get clients to pay me. PayPal and my local banks credit card integration will be in place, and SEO will be started as soon as it is ready to go, I just need to work out an effective way of getting the paying clients to pay me.

        I am hoping to sign up 1,000 clients by hopefully around a year's time or so.
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  • Profile picture of the author AussieT
    Guys see this thread for more info on NP
    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...australia.html
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  • Profile picture of the author k60mall
    Hey Guys there is nothing worse than starting a directory with no businesses added. If a business or user comes to your site and there is nothing there than they will click away as fast as they got there.

    I am creating a WP Plugin that will pull in businesses from one of the top directory sites that will fill your site with businesses and reviews instantly.

    Watch this space
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    • Profile picture of the author krzysiek
      That's a very good idea regarding the WP plugin to pull business from other similar directories.

      Regarding my site, actually it IS being coded in India :p They actually quoted me a lot higher, around $5K and I had another 2 or 3 quote me also in the $5-$6k range, but getting it done for around $3k now and then will give a bonus should the business model work out for me (fair trade I would say).

      Still in development, but coming along nicely. Probably another 2 weeks or so and we'll be online for the most part. Right now just ironing out some issues, like registration, etc.

      I am thinking of getting some good SEO rankings first, then having my cold callers call all day giving out coupons to get a free 3 month trial etc. Once the businesses end up signing up for 3 months, I will be able to email them directly and in this way I hope to eventually introduce a 'paid' version and then end up having them pay for being in the directory.

      I am a bit paranoid to say it just yet (which niche it is) as if I say it, there is a 100% guaranteed chance everyone will know (-ie - if i give a hint, most of you guys will know exactly what it is :p)

      It's probably no big deal even if I did say it, though, because I don't think anyone could beat me to the punch as I have 4 weeks of full time developing/designing time ahead of most, but anyway, I will show it on here when it is done. Personally, I think it looks quite nice!
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    • Profile picture of the author AussieT
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      Hey Guys there is nothing worse than starting a directory with no businesses added. If a business or user comes to your site and there is nothing there than they will click away as fast as they got there.

      I am creating a WP Plugin that will pull in businesses from one of the top directory sites that will fill your site with businesses and reviews instantly.

      Watch this space
      USA Only or will it work in other countries also? Particularly interested in Australia?

      What sort of info will it pull-in?

      Need more than YP data. Name, address, tel.

      For how long do we have to watch this space? Days/Weeks/Months?
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    • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      Hey Guys there is nothing worse than starting a directory with no businesses added. If a business or user comes to your site and there is nothing there than they will click away as fast as they got there.

      I am creating a WP Plugin that will pull in businesses from one of the top directory sites that will fill your site with businesses and reviews instantly.

      Watch this space
      I'm watchin....I'm watchinnnnnnn!!
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    • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      Hey Guys there is nothing worse than starting a directory with no businesses added. If a business or user comes to your site and there is nothing there than they will click away as fast as they got there.

      I am creating a WP Plugin that will pull in businesses from one of the top directory sites that will fill your site with businesses and reviews instantly.

      Watch this space

      Any update on this Keith?

      --Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author k60mall
    Sorry but it will be for US only. The plugin will pull in the business details and all the reviews posted to that business.

    It should be ready within the next couple of weeks.
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    • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      Sorry but it will be for US only. The plugin will pull in the business details and all the reviews posted to that business.

      It should be ready within the next couple of weeks.
      I'm on pins and needles waiting for the final result. This should be good! Can't wait to see it!
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    • Profile picture of the author philboy uk
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      Sorry but it will be for US only. The plugin will pull in the business details and all the reviews posted to that business.

      It should be ready within the next couple of weeks.
      Hi Keith

      You are building plugins for the damn yanks, and not us Brits,?
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      • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
        Originally Posted by philboy uk View Post

        Hi Keith

        You are building plugins for the damn yanks, and not us Brits,?

        Hi Phil,
        Unfortunately that's where the market is :-)
        I LOL and said thee same exact thing to myself when I realized where he was from! Glad to know you go where the real money flows! (j/k)
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    • Profile picture of the author ContactSquid
      Is your plugin ready? I have over 1000 members on my directory, that I recently started, but I would definitely be interested in more. Will it add their email address as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyscott
    I use the Gabfire Magazine theme for small directories (see the Ulverston website in my sig) and a cms system for the larger directory (lake district hotels in my sig) Also looking at having a custom platform built.

    Tony
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  • Profile picture of the author johnhoefer
    I use WooThemes Listings. I love it. check it out at auto repair orange county.

    It is very versitile and has great SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author AussieT
      Originally Posted by johnhoefer View Post

      I use WooThemes Listings. I love it. check it out at auto repair orange county.

      It is very versitile and has great SEO.
      Your slider is only working for one image for me. When I click to see the others it turns all white not pics not text.

      How did you populate your directory when you first got started?

      Since listings are free, how to you make money from the site?
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    • Profile picture of the author nelsonbiglar
      What theme are you using for this website...

      Originally Posted by johnhoefer View Post

      I use WooThemes Listings. I love it. check it out at auto repair orange county.

      It is very versitile and has great SEO.
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      • Profile picture of the author thebarksmeow
        Originally Posted by nelsonbiglar View Post

        What theme are you using for this website...
        He said it in the very first sentence. "WooThemes Listings"

        I still would like to know how he's monetizing the site.
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        • Profile picture of the author johnhoefer
          I sell insurance and merchant services (credit card processing). If you are my client, you can be on the site. I put prospects on there to show them what they get and then take them off after a certain time if they don't sign up.

          Originally Posted by thebarksmeow View Post

          He said it in the very first sentence. "WooThemes Listings"

          I still would like to know how he's monetizing the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Terry
    The site looks good but i am having the same problem with the slider. If I click on the individual listings all works well.

    Definitely interested in the how you are making $ from the site or intend making $ from the site.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeblah
      the thing i can't seem to find is a wordpress theme, drupal or joomla setup that allows to search by zipcode and distance from current location.

      anyone know of one i'm missing? thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
        Not sure exactly, if this is something you can use:

        FDSE is an easy-to-install search engine for local and remote sites. It returns fast, accurate results from a template-driven architecture. Freeware and shareware versions are available with Perl source...www.xav.com/scripts/search
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  • Profile picture of the author want2knowhow
    Here are some directory creators I just found; PHP Scripts (Unfortunately, they don't provide the direct links, though). I had to manually search using the names given and I linked some below; one's I thought were most and better suited to those who (like me) are not tech savvy! Good luck!

    qLweb.com // PhPDirectory// eDirectory.com// SoftBizScripts.com

    Here's an AWESOME one! I think this is the one I am going to go for ($199)!

    Originally Posted by cplayers View Post

    Hi Everyone, I am interested in setting up a local business directory, but I really don't know where to purchase a good website. I see the directory press, but is this really the best option. I am trying to put together the best options for setting up the local business directory. Once the directory is set up what is the best methods for optimizing websites locally? I will appreciate input on this top, I am really ready to dive in, I recently signed up for NP, but it appears through the use of duplicate content, Google will eventually ban your website. I want to avoid the Google Website Ban and set up the locally directory properly. Can someone assist me a good method and resources to start this local directory?

    Thanks,
    Cplayers
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    • Profile picture of the author weezie
      Philboy

      would you mind sharing your directory url

      I too am working on a local business directory, I'm trying to incorporate a local coupon component so that business owners would have some added value - and my directory site would stand out from the other local directories.

      I am using the premium press themes. Their support and forum is phenomenal. I had used two other scripts before and the support was dreadful - I'm not sure what the rules are - so don't want to name the others here.

      it's still in the beginning stages - but you can check it out

      Ottawa Valley Business Directory – Renfrew County, Ontario Canada

      has anyone had any success with a local coupon system of some kind??

      take care all!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dtang4
    Here's a script that I developed created specifically for this purpose: Niche Business Directory In-a-Box. It's completely turnkey--even has a built-in scraper to automatically find and add businesses to your niche business directory on an ongoing basis.

    The link I included above has a free trial period, so you can check it out risk free.

    Here's an example of a site using the script: MyCardiologist.info
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  • Profile picture of the author David Miller
    Pardon my ignorance....what's NP?
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  • Profile picture of the author whyu76
    Hi Cplayers,

    I have a client hired me to come out a design for his Ipoh Perak | Facebook fan page.

    He owned a local business directory and you can check it out at Ipoh Perak.

    The local business directories website is still under construction.

    Perak is one of our Malaysia state and Ipoh is city located in Perak.

    For the local business directories scripts I would recommend Professional City Portal Script Software. However you need your own IT guy to integrate the software.

    Hope this help.
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    FYI elegant themes is coming out with a directory theme. It will be monetized but it looks only via paypal at the moment.

    Theme Sneak Peek: eList- Elegant Themes Blog
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  • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
    Any other new directory plugins or themes?
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
      Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

      Any other new directory plugins or themes?
      Got to watch the security of any directory plugin...
      There are some that are able to capture every bit of your clients information, including
      business name, address, phone numbers and what ever else they may have in their listing...
      Even if you have 10,000 clients listing their business on your site.
      They can get every bit of their info, neatly packaged and sold off, before you can bat an eye.

      Then... You Guessed It... They sell it!!!
      You have no idea what is happening because it is actually built into the plugin software.
      If your listing clients get wise and are able to track it back to your site, you could be the one who gets into trouble,,, the INTERNET MARKETER who created the plugin, sits back and laughs, all the way to the bank, while you pay out the A#@ in lawyer fees...

      Just be very careful with directory plugins.
      One way you can get clues, is if the plugin builders use INTERNET MARKETING lingo...
      Usually, they will use the same lingo and phrases that have been used for year and years
      in the INTERNET MARKETING world.
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  • Profile picture of the author link82
    I'm super curious about how one goes about starting a local business directory. How do you populate the site in the beginning?
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  • Profile picture of the author 9999
    nice thread, alot of useful information.
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  • Profile picture of the author pagunston
    Originally Posted by cplayers View Post

    Hi Everyone,

    I am interested in setting up a local business directory, but I really don't know where to purchase a good website. I see the directory press, but is this really the best option. I am trying to put together the best options for setting up the local business directory. Once the directory is set up what is the best methods for optimizing websites locally? I will appreciate input on this top, I am really ready to dive in, I recently signed up for NP, but it appears through the use of duplicate content, Google will eventually ban your website. I want to avoid the Google Website Ban and set up the locally directory properly. Can someone assist me a good method and resources to start this local directory?

    Thanks,
    Cplayers

    Will Google ban websites for duplicate meta tags? Apparently I have multiple descriptions but I don't know how to remove them.
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  • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
    I can't believe there's still not a decent (well respected) Wordpress plugin to create Local Directories. Seems like it would be a no-brainer for a smart programmer.
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    • Profile picture of the author infoseek
      Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

      I can't believe there's still not a decent (well respected) Wordpress plugin to create Local Directories. Seems like it would be a no-brainer for a smart programmer.
      Tell me about it - I second your remark ;-)


      Jcolome

      *|*Local Miami Guide and Events
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    • Profile picture of the author bulletproofmoney
      I think that wait is finally over...been out for some time now and version 2 is about to be released if anyone is interested:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post5346759

      Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

      I can't believe there's still not a decent (well respected) Wordpress plugin to create Local Directories. Seems like it would be a no-brainer for a smart programmer.
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    • Profile picture of the author AussieT
      Originally Posted by jodib View Post

      I am in the process of developing a plug in, but it is taking longer than expected.

      One of the main features a lot of people want is to be bale to populate the site initially without too much manual data entry! I listened and this will be a major part that saves a lot of time!
      I think I am already on the waiting list but do let us know when it is finished so we can take a look.
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  • Profile picture of the author raul kate
    I think what philboy uk is saying is right,
    you must keep those point clear before you go for it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana Haenner
    Originally Posted by cplayers View Post

    Hi Everyone,

    I am interested in setting up a local business directory, but I really don't know where to purchase a good website. I see the directory press, but is this really the best option. I am trying to put together the best options for setting up the local business directory. Once the directory is set up what is the best methods for optimizing websites locally? I will appreciate input on this top, I am really ready to dive in, I recently signed up for NP, but it appears through the use of duplicate content, Google will eventually ban your website. I want to avoid the Google Website Ban and set up the locally directory properly. Can someone assist me a good method and resources to start this local directory?

    Thanks,
    Cplayers
    What's Np?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana Haenner
      Originally Posted by Dana Haenner View Post

      What's Np?
      Never mind I found the answer in the thread...however does anyone know of a local domination blueprint..I am using niche directories to build A network of loacl pages..etc..have over 50 high value niche urls that I'm building up...I understand the ip issues and will gradually solve that but interested in masterminding more the this
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    • Profile picture of the author Dana Haenner
      Originally Posted by Dana Haenner View Post

      What's Np?
      Never mind I found the answer in the thread...however does anyone know of a local domination blueprint..I am using niche directories to build A network of loacl pages..etc..have over 50 high value niche urls in same city that I'm building up...I understand the ip issues and will gradually solve that but interested in masterminding more the this
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtech29
    Looks Good... Might give it a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author JLYNNFL01
    Very glad to have found not only this web site but this forum post in particular. I have owned a local directory site for over a year. I am just now putting 100 percent of my time in. I see my directory being taken to whole new levels thanks to this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author link82
    Very good post but I found my question still unanswered. Is creating a directory only beneficial once you have a handful of clients?

    Otherwise, who wants to be listed into one when it's virtually empty?

    Also, for a first timer, what software is best? Directory Script? I'd want to use one initially to create strong backlinks to sites I am creating for my clients [seo, rented sites, etc.]
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    • Profile picture of the author Kelvin Brown
      Originally Posted by link82 View Post

      Very good post but I found my question still unanswered. Is creating a directory only beneficial once you have a handful of clients?

      Otherwise, who wants to be listed into one when it's virtually empty?

      Also, for a first timer, what software is best? Directory Script? I'd want to use one initially to create strong backlinks to sites I am creating for my clients [seo, rented sites, etc.]
      The directory is beneficial from the start. How beneficial depends on your goals.

      benefits:
      Bringing backlinks
      if local, building branding
      give free upgraded listings: this will help with testing and give you targeted prospects for more upgrades
      let prospects know that as they are in first they eventually get the most looks

      directorypress is a great script.

      kelvin
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  • Profile picture of the author jakesy
    After much searching I decided on geotheme and am very happy with it so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jos Espo
    Originally Posted by cplayers View Post

    Hi Everyone,

    I am interested in setting up a local business directory, but I really don't know where to purchase a good website. I see the directory press, but is this really the best option. I am trying to put together the best options for setting up the local business directory. Once the directory is set up what is the best methods for optimizing websites locally? I will appreciate input on this top, I am really ready to dive in, I recently signed up for NP, but it appears through the use of duplicate content, Google will eventually ban your website. I want to avoid the Google Website Ban and set up the locally directory properly. Can someone assist me a good method and resources to start this local directory?

    Thanks,
    Cplayers
    Did you accomplish this?
    If not... and you already have a domain and hosting for it... PM me...
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Pottinger
    I have been looking for nice looking video directory themes and the 2 that I have found are MoviePress ($79) and Templatic Video (free)
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    • Profile picture of the author rjohnsen
      Originally Posted by dhanyapratap View Post

      I think my product edirectory clone script will be suitable for his needs. We clone the edirectory ...but i would like to get feed back from the customers of edirectory ,what is the draw back of this script. so i can rectify it in my script
      ambraa.com/edirectory you can see the script demo we developing
      ambraa.com/edirectory/users/login
      Username : admin(at)gem-it.in
      Password : 123456

      Give me feed back please .so we can rectify the problems

      Is this theme for sale?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Elliott
    Geotheme seems great, anyone know of a script that will pull data from Yellowpages ect?
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    • Profile picture of the author creyes3
      same quiestion here

      Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

      Geotheme seems great, anyone know of a script that will pull data from Yellowpages ect?
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  • Profile picture of the author pcgirl
    Did anybody find a plugin that will pull local listings from somewhere to get a directory site started?
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  • Profile picture of the author bobmcalister
    how about this one ?
    http ://demos.appthemes.com/?theme=vantage

    @infoseek...I like your site a lot ...is that a custom site or one that we can use also ? thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author hourstoincome
      Hey guys thanks for a the great posts. I am thinking of going with directory press. Any suggestions on what hosting to get for this? I am assuming that I would need a fairly large hosting account to keep the site running fast. What do you all think? Hope you guys can point me in the right direction. This will be my first time using WordPress. I've always built my own websites from scratch. Thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author Rollmodl
        My directory was created out of necessity. I needed one platform to showcase my skills in:
        • Web development
        • Videography and editing
        • Social media marketing
        • Event planning and marketing
        I also needed to promote my window tinting business located in Brooklyn, New York. I became my own client and was very surprised at the results without much effort. My coupons were downloaded more than 50 times in the past month for an additional $5,000 plus in revenue! Check out the business model and features at www.thatvideomagazine.com.
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      • Profile picture of the author BUFFALOBT
        Originally Posted by hourstoincome View Post

        Hey guys thanks for a the great posts. I am thinking of going with directory press. Any suggestions on what hosting to get for this? I am assuming that I would need a fairly large hosting account to keep the site running fast. What do you all think? Hope you guys can point me in the right direction. This will be my first time using WordPress. I've always built my own websites from scratch. Thank you
        Go Daddy's basic hosting will work fine for this-
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    You can use wordpress and buy a directories template and their plug in so you can easy set up your site and manage it well.
    Beside that you mind think the marketing way how to gather those business company to place their business information on your site. Try to convince them and show them the benefit.
    Try to get a high local search keyword on directories and get one of the keyword in the domain name with local extension, it help your website packaging as a local website .
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  • Profile picture of the author dhanyapratap
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    • Profile picture of the author kclc308
      Hi dhanyapratap,

      How to buy this theme? It's look very nice
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  • Profile picture of the author grace5
    Directory press is mobile responsive, which others offer that?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Hey guys just checking in.... on this thread looks like aussie is dispensing some good advice. Im busy getting ready to launch my own Bower model ATM and making preparations... very exciting stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojo1
      There are a couple of ways to do this. However the quickest way I can think of which won't require thousands or even hundreds up front would be to do the following.

      If you want to test the waters and have a few local type niche sites already ranking on Google for their chosen keyword phrases then perhaps find a plugin that can populate the local business listings and reviews on those pages that currently sit on page one.
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  • Profile picture of the author WalterW
    Hi, just wanted to share WP theme that I found for creating directory pages
    SimpleProfits directory page theme | BWB web design
    for 9$ its a good theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author dhanyapratap
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      (My Opinion)....I decided against a "Town Directory Site" for 1 reason; You MUST bring HEAVY TRAFFIC and RESULTS...otherwise your Participants will leave.

      I did this in 2 towns with a "Printed" Town Directory.

      1) Offered a FREE Listing to each and every biz I called on. I then sold Ads to pay printing and profit

      2) Charged each participant a Listing Fee. Put in 6 Freebies initially because "No One Wants To Be First"! Was able to fill Categories BUT.... same old problemo....Results. Participants didn't renew.

      So....this is off topic (Mobile Directory) however, someone might pick up a few tidbits from it.

      I made a Sample Mock-Up of a Mobile Directory for restaurants for a buddy in a college town. My "Target Audience" is "Hotel Guests" (aka Travelers)

      "Hotel Guests" are HUNGRY and "looking for Places To Eat"! I place a Card in Hotel Rooms that has a QR Code on it. Scanning the Code brings up my Directory showing "Places To Eat".

      Here's my "Mock-Up"; Princeton Restaurants

      Now....I'm NOT selling anything here! Just wanted to offer fellow warriors a look at what is possible.

      Our plans are to get 2 restaurants in each Food Category.

      Don Alm....entroopeneer
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    • Profile picture of the author ohhugo
      Originally Posted by dhanyapratap View Post

      hello

      why cant you go with ezydir script. its easy have option for listing, classifieds, and events...i think for localdirectory or a particular business directory can go with edirectory clone script. more information contact the ezydir team-info(at)gemitservices.com
      Maybe because you sound desperate in wanting to plug it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shmigola
    Hello,
    In beginning I want to place free listings from others directories (like YP). Because nobody wants to place his listing into empty directory. I have a follow question. How much legally is to use a businesses details (logo, pictures, etc.) without its owners permission?
    Thanks,
    Andrey Shmigol
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    • Profile picture of the author Marketer Matt
      Originally Posted by Shmigola View Post

      Hello,
      In beginning I want to place free listings from others directories (like YP). Because nobody wants to place his listing into empty directory. I have a follow question. How much legally is to use a businesses details (logo, pictures, etc.) without its owners permission?
      Thanks,
      Andrey Shmigol
      Hey Andrey,

      It probably depends on what country you are in. In the US, for example, business names and numbers are usually considered "public information" and so one can generally use business details on a local directory with no issue. If you're not in the US, I'd check with the powers that be where you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devel
    Example Drupal based directory, very flexible

    SEOzoic - Directory Listing
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  • Profile picture of the author TrumpiaTim
    Godaddy or 1and1?
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    Trumpia: The Most Completed SMS Text Messaging Software & API Solution.
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