How Long Does It Take to Complete Submissions?
Manual Citation Submissions
It takes anywhere between 5-20 minutes to submit to one site—approx 10 minutes on average.
So if you want to submit or update to 50 sites = 500 minutes = 8.3 hours
Ouch! That’s a long time which could be better spent on more valuable and interesting business tasks!
Outsourcing to Manual Citation Submission Services
Because of the time-consuming, and frankly tedious, nature of manual submissions, many businesses and SEO agencies outsource this task to specialist third-party services.
If you use a Manual Submission Service, then you only have to provide your data to them one time and they’ll submit it directly to other sites for you.
In terms of time saved, we estimate this as:
- 20 mins to upload your data one time to a Manual Submission Service
- Time saved = 8.3 hours – 20 mins = 8 hours saved
But the value of using a Manual Submission Service is not just in the time you save. Manual Submission Services often have a large database of sites that they submit to, and have detailed knowledge of the issues and requirements of each site.
For instance, almost every online business listing or directory site is different and has unique terms and conditions, rules and guidelines. A high-quality submission service will be familiar with these nuances and therefore ensure that your business listing submissions are done correctly.
BrightLocal (that’s us!) is one of the best-known and most trusted manual submission services. We are the trusted citation partner for more than 1,000+ SEO agencies and have a team of 50+ in-house submissions experts who handle more than 50,000 submissions every month.
Local Data Aggregator Submissions
Submitting to one LDA takes about 20 minutes, so if you want to submit to all four main LDAs in the USA this should take you about 80 minutes.
Are There Third Parties that Submit to All Local Data Aggregators?
Please pardon the leading question… but yes, there are!
There are a number of well-known services such as BrightLocal or Moz Local that enable you to submit to all LDAs at once.
The benefits of using a service like this include:
- Saves Time: it only takes 20 minutes to submit to Brightlocal or Moz Local and we submit to all four LDAs
- Saves Money: it only costs $60 to submit to all LDAs using BrightLocal. Submitting directly to the LDAs is typically more expensive
- Free Updates for 12 Months: you can update your business information for free within 12 months of purchasing via BrightLocal or Moz Local
If you’d like to see a full comparison of these services, then head over to this post where we compare six well-known Local Data Aggregator services: BrightLocal vs Moz Local vs Yext vs Whitespark vs Synup vs AdviceLocal