What is a citation?

People use the word “citation” a lot, but what does it actually mean? In this post, we’ll explore the definition of a citation. We’ll also discuss how to cite information in your own writing and explain why proper citation is important.

When you create a website, you want it to be seen by as many people as possible. By using the right citations, you can improve your local business visibility and increase traffic to your website.

Citations are basically references or links on the Internet that point back to an original source of information. They are the building blocks of your local SEO strategy. They’re like mini-articles on authoritative websites that show Google that you exist, where you’re located, and what you do. By using citations to build your Google My Business listing, you can win attention from new customers and rank higher in the search results for your city.

There are websites where you can add these references manually: Google+ Local, Bing Places for Business and Yelp for example. And there are also third party tools which can help you do this automatically with their software solutions if they have access to your data via API’s (Application Programming Interface). These tools will then generate all sorts of things about your business such as contact information, address details and even pictures of storefronts etcetera based on all the information that’s been entered into their systems so far from other sources such as YELP reviews etcetera..

When you’re writing a citation, it’s important to include the following details:

  • the name of the business
  • the address of the business
  • the contact numbers of the business
  • the website address if applicable


Business Information

Note: If possible enter actual landline number, not 086 or 080
Max 200 characters
Max 500 characters

Business Contact Information

Note: This will be displayed to the public on all citations

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