A big change happened recently on the local review front. Angie’s List, the venerable service review site, announced that they are making both their listing service and their contractor review service free. Angie’s List had previously been a paid service where only paid members could have their businesses listed. Likewise only paid subscribers could read and contact suitable contractors for local services such as pluming, hardwood floors, electrical and so on.
Ranking for Small Business Owners
If you own a small business, this could be a boon for you. Google and the other search engines have ranked Angie’s list reviews very high in search results.The more places you have reviews on, the more relevant you are deemed to be.
How to Claim Your Angie’s List Listing
The first thing you’ll want to do is claim your listing. This will allow you to be notified of any new reviews of your business. If your business is not listed, I recommend adding it. If your particular field is not represented yet, keep checking back. As this is a drastic departure for the company, they need to open up the service to a wider variety of businesses in hopes of competing with the likes of Yelp and Google Reviews as well as expanding their advertising base through getting companies to sign up for the higher tiers of service.