Top Citation Sites With DoFollow and NoFollow Links

Top Citation Sites With DoFollow and NoFollow Links

Whether they have DoFollow links or NoFollow links, citation sites with links through to local business websites are invaluable to local SEO.

In a study we did with 325 local search professionals, we found that link building through citations was the #1 local link building tactic. Of course, this isn’t the only way to build links, but it is a quick and straightforward way to get links for all types of local businesses.

Backlinks remain one of most important factors that influence both organic search ranking and local-search/maps ranking. If you’d like to see what the experts say about local link building check out our Expert Local Link Building Survey.

The Local Citations Trust Report also explores why correct citations are vital to keeping customers happy  – finding that 80% of consumers lose trust in a business if they see incorrect or inconsistent NAP information online.

Citation sites that provide backlinks

Knowing that many SEOs like to build links through their citation-building actions, we wanted to put together a useful resource to show which citation sites provide either DoFollow links or NoFollow links.

In March 2018, our Citations team delved into our extensive citation database to create a comprehensive list of local citation sites with DoFollow or NoFollow links.

– Jump to the Top Citation Sites with DoFollow Links – 

– Jump to the Top Citations Sites with NoFollow Links – 

To make this resource even more useful we’ve added further information about each citation site so you can make quick, informed decisions:

  • Domain Authority – both tables are ordered by Moz’s Domain Authority score, which is a score of the ranking-power of each site
  • Industry – while most citation sites are open to all local businesses, we’ve also included some popular niche sites that cater to certain industries such as legal and hospitality
  • Active Sites – every site in the table is ‘active’; this means that they currently accept new business listings, (correct as of March 2018)
  • Global and Local – we looked into citation sites that operate internationally, as well as sites specific to the US, UK, Canada, and Australia

Both tables can be downloaded as CSV files – see the links below each table to download these.

We plan to regularly update the below lists to keep them up-to-date and useful for our customers. If you have any thoughts or questions on any of the sites in our list, let us know.

Please Note: Citation sites listed here aren’t necessarily ones we can submit to using Citation Builder. Click here for more information.

What are DoFollow links?

DoFollow links are links that Google and other search engines are able to follow to reach a linked website. This passes on authority, or ‘link juice’, from the source through to the destination website. The more reputable links that you have pointing to your website, the more likely a search engine will believe it to be a high-value (‘authoritative’) site.

Links are DoFollow by default, so do not require additional HTML attributes in order to follow. Including DoFollow links on your site allows you to pass on authority to the websites that you link to.

However, including DoFollow links in forums and comment sections of websites can attract spammers attempting to improve the visibility of their own sites.

Citation sites that include DoFollow links are considered to have extra value because they contain a DoFollow backlink. These combine SEO benefits from well-respected sites with potential clickthroughs from consumers looking for a local business.

What is a NoFollow link?

NoFollow links contain HTML tags that stop search engines following links to pass on link juice. Links that contain NoFollow attributes stop Google from seeing a link as an endorsement of the linked page. These have become increasingly important due to penalties that can apply to paid links.

Although they won’t carry the link juice back to your site, in Local SEO NoFollow links are still important. Any link from a citation site provides much more exposure (and ease of access) to audiences searching for products and services like yours.

To create a NoFollow tag, the code rel=”nofollow” should be included in hyperlinks.

Do NoFollow links help SEO?

There is a constant debate about the SEO value of NoFollow links. In the past, SEOs believed that NoFollow links were ignored by Google and therefore had no value. However, now studies suggest that Google can acknowledge NoFollow links, and attribute some value to the website they link to.

If we look beyond pure SEO value, NoFollow links have other benefits to their destination pages. Links placed on large sites with lots of users or on very relevant sites can generate valuable website visits.

Build Citations the easy way using BrightLocal

Building citations can take a lot of time, effort and stress. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We have an experienced team of professional citation builders who deliver over 60,000 citations every month for our agency and brand customers. Our manual citation service costs just US$3 per submission, and ensures that your business is appearing in all the right business listings sites and local directories.

We can also submit your business data to local data aggregators in the US. These aggregators will distribute your data out to their network of directories, mobile apps and mapping services. Our aggregator service is high quality and low cost; we submit to all 4 US aggregators for just $60/year.

See how our prices compare with other citation building services.


Citation Sites with DoFollow Links

SiteDomain Authority IndustryLocationURL
google.com100GeneralInternationalVisit site
bing.com94GeneralInternationalVisit site site site
mapquest.com89GeneralUSAVisit site
lawyers.justia.com88LegalUSAVisit site
whitepages.com79GeneralUSAVisit site
merchantcircle.com72GeneralUSAVisit site site
thomsonlocal.com64GeneralUKVisit site
192.com64GeneralUKVisit site site site
local.com60GeneralUSAVisit site
communitywalk.com57GeneralInternationalVisit site
factual.com56GeneralInternationalVisit site
tupalo.com56GeneralUSAVisit site
local.botw.org55GeneralUSAVisit site
elocal.com54GeneralUSAVisit site
canpages.ca54GeneralCanadaVisit site
worldweb.com54GeneralUSA / Canada / Caribbean Visit site site
iBegin.com50GeneralInternationalVisit site
storeboard.com50GeneralInternationalVisit site
lacartes.com49GeneralUSAVisit site
lawlink.com49LegalUSAVisit site
uk.bizadee.com48GeneralUKVisit site
opendi.us47GeneralUSAVisit site
trustlink.org47GeneralUSAVisit site
sdnews.com45GeneralUSAVisit site
yelloyello.com44GeneralInternationalVisit site
wand.com44GeneralInternationalVisit site site
us.enrollbusiness.com44GeneralUSAVisit site
expressbusinessdirectory.com44GeneralInternationalVisit site
gb.enrollbusiness.com43GeneralUKVisit site
lekkoo.com42GeneralInternationalVisit site
agreatertown.com41GeneralInternationalVisit site
n49.com41GeneralUSA / UKVisit site
fyple.com40GeneralInternationalVisit site
cityfos.com40GeneralUSAVisit site
cataloxy.com39GeneralUSAVisit site
bizhwy.com39GeneralUSAVisit site
whodoyou.com38GeneralInternationalVisit site
company.fm38GeneralInternationalVisit site
parkbench.com38GeneralInternationalVisit site
uk.ypgo.net38GeneralUKVisit site
pathlegal.com38LegalUSAVisit site
find-us-here.com38GeneralInternationalVisit site
iglobal.co38GeneralInternationalVisit site
teleadreson.com36GeneralInternationalVisit site site
nexport.com34GeneralUSAVisit site
wherezit.com33GeneralUSAVisit site
clickblue.us32GeneralUSAVisit site site site site

Download ‘Citation Sites with DoFollow Links’ Table (CSV)

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Citation Sites with NoFollow Links

SiteDomain AuthorityIndustryLocationURL
facebook.com95GeneralInternationalVisit site
yelp.com94GeneralInternationalVisit site
foursquare.com93GeneralInternationalVisit site
houzz.com90Home servicesInternationalVisit site
findlaw.com85LegalUSAVisit site
yell.com85GeneralUKVisit site
angieslist.com84Home services USAVisit site
yellowpages.com83GeneralUSAVisit site
superpages.com83GeneralUSAVisit site
manta.com80GeneralUSAVisit site
yellowbook.com77GeneralUSAVisit site
avvo.com70LegalUSAVisit site
spoke.com69GeneralInternationalVisit site
hg.org64LegalUSAVisit site
aboutus.com62GeneralInternational Visit site
tripadvisor.com62HospitalityInternationalVisit site
showmelocal.com58GeneralInternationalVisit site
chamberofcommerce.com56GeneralUSAVisit site
hotfrog.com56GeneralUSAVisit site site
brownbook.net55GeneralInternationalVisit site site site
cybo.com50GeneralUSAVisit site
salespider.com49GeneralInternationalVisit site
citysquares.com49GeneralUSAVisit site
getfave.com47GeneralUSAVisit site site
hub.biz47GeneralUSAVisit site
2Findlocal.com45GeneralInternationalVisit site
finduslocal.com45GeneralUSAVisit site
golocal247.com45GeneralUSAVisit site
callupcontact.com43GeneralUKVisit site site site
bizvotes.com40GeneralUSAVisit site site
hotfrog.ca38GeneralCanadaVisit site site site
cylex.ca34GeneralCanadaVisit site
fonolive.com33GeneralInternationalVisit site site
bisnzz.com31GeneralInternationalVisit site
tupalo.net30GeneralUKVisit site site

Download ‘Citation Sites with NoFollow Links’ Table (CSV)

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Whether they contain DoFollow or NoFollow links, citations are an invaluable source of local authority as well as clicks and calls for all local businesses. Find out how BrightLocal can help you build local citations to dominate local SEO.

About the author
Rosie Murphy
Rosie manages BrightLocal's delivery of research and survey pieces. She heads up data-driven content such as regular polls, webinars and whitepapers, including the Local Consumer Review Survey.

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