This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow users to search for local businesses online. Many of the web sites listed here allow you to find the top companies in most industries.
Some of them only list organizations submitted to them specifically, while others aggregate company listings from multiple resources, and display them in central location.
Top 10 Business Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2013; 2014 updates coming soon.
Alibaba.com – Started in 1999, Alibaba is the world’s largest online trading platform. It connect buyers with suppliers and businesses with consumers. Users can connect and trade with partners, add product listings, buy leads, manage trade alerts and gain new contacts through the B2B community.
Yelp.com – Founded in 2004 to help people find local companies online, Yelp is currently one of the web’s most popular social networking and business review websites. Users can recommend top restaurants, shopping, events and entertainment while also connecting with one another. Organization can add their listings for free while taking advantage of coupon offerings, deals and other great stuff.
YellowPages.com – Also known as YP, It was started in 1995 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. Use the site view online company listings, phone numbers, addresses, maps, driving directions and more using their web directory. It offers free business listings and premium ads.
WhitePages.com – Officially went live in 1997 by Alex Algard, WhitePages is currently the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the United States. Use it to search by name or browse by category. It offers an API and advertising opportunities small companies to large corporations.
Manta.com – Launched in 2005, Manta is the one of the world’s largest online communities for promoting and connecting small businesses. It offers white papers, reports, videos, industry news, free memberships, multiple paid subscription levels as well as some marketing programs.
BBB.org – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides objective, unbiased information on organizations. It’s a national operation that monitors and take action on thousands of issues affecting consumers. You’ll find a collaborations of consumer reviews, reports, ratings, complaints and accredited company profiles throughout the United States.
MerchantCircle.com – Founded in 2005 and launched in 2006, MerchantCircle is one of the largest online networks for local business owners, combining a social networking features with customizable web listings that allow local merchants and customers to interact with one another. Services include free online listings, marketing tools, newsletters, product offerings, paid internet advertising, customer reviews, coupons, a blog and online video.
CitySearch.com – Founded in 1995, CitySearch is a local guide to bars, night clubs, spas, hotels, shops, events, attractions and more. People can read reviews, find recommendations, get routes and other information on all the latest venues in their area. All new submissions require a monthly service fee, and additional exposure is also available for purchases.
Keep in mind this top ten list of business search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.