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What is a citation?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by turdface, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    I have heard so many explanations thrown around:

    - a link
    - a link using your URL rather than keywords
    - a reference made to your site but not actually a link
    - a reference made to your URL but not actually a link
    - a mention of your company name and address

    Which of those is a citation, or is it something else?
     
  2. michaelr1988

    michaelr1988 Regular Member

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    A citation in im terms is something like a quote to back up something you have wrote about in a article. For example wikipedia is edited by users, but they require citations to back up their points from authoritative sources. E.g a published science paper.
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    A citation is a mention of your business on the web that includes your business Name, Address, and Phone number (NAP).

    It has nothing to do with a backlink.

    For the purposes of Local SEO, it specifically refers to a quality listing of your business in a business directory, or on a website related to your business, industry, or location.

    You will also get a citation if you create your social media accounts right. Be sure to list your NAP on in your description not just in your profile, and you get a very good citation.
     
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  5. Andrew Scherer

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    Great answer and 100% correct.

    Social accounts can deliver citations, these are considered unstructured citations. Same with rich media citations you can build with videos and image sites.

    Structured citations are obtained via business listing sites like yelp, manta, hotfrog. These are the most influential when it comes to local ranking, unstructured citations are good too because the majority of the time they come with a link. So both are great.
     
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    Citations is usually Business pages around the internet showing same NAP to help local business SEO of any country. so what is NAP
    Name of Business
    Address of Business
    Phone Number of Business
    what are steps to create a citations its pretty easy. you can do it manually or can try any Citations Manually building service on BHW.
     
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    Why did you just bump three old threads, including this one dating back to 2014? Not cool...