Express Update (a.k.a. Infogroup) is one of the top 5 most important directories for Local SEO.
Technically, it’s a data aggregator.
- Whitespark puts them number 4 on their list of citation sources for the US.
- They are one of Moz Local’s Direct Network partners.
- We also put them at number five on our list of local citations sources.
If you want to perform well in Google Maps and other local search results, optimize Express Update listings.
Before you can do that though, you have to find them.
How to Find ALL Express Update/Infogroup Listings
Express Update’s built-in search function works well.
One box takes all NAP info.
Search all aspects of your NAP individually.
Least common name denominator seems to be acceptable for name variations. However, it does not guarantee all listings will be found. Using address and phone search, we have found duplicates that did not show up when searching exact name. Therefore, you cannot get away with name search alone.
Likewise, address and/or phone number search alone may not be enough. Infogroup listings without phone numbers are common (Example). Infogroup listings without addresses are less common, but do exist (Example).
Google “site:” search is not an effective way to find Express Update listings. At the time of this post, Google shows less than 1000 indexed URLs on ExpressUpdate.com.
Search all aspects of your NAP individually on ExpressUpdate, especially if you already know you have NAP consistency issues.
Record all unique listings that correspond to your business.
Once you’ve found all of your listings, it’s time to claim. If you’ve found none, it’s time to create.
Manually Claim Listings
Taking ownership of your business listings offers several advantages.
But it can be a tedious process.
Generally, top-tier platforms like Express Update are the most annoying. This is especially true if you’ve changed names, numbers, and/or locations often. Depending on your goals, automated solutions like Yext may be tempting.
We have seen Yext fail to suppress duplicates on multiple occasions.
Given Infogroup’s spot as one of the top local business data aggregators, it’s crucial that your presence there is 100% accurate. So take control of all profiles.
This may be easier if you don’t have any yet.
Create New Listings on Express Update
Listing new businesses on Infogroup’s directory is simple.
As you search for existing listings, you’ll notice a call to action at the bottom of search results pages:
“To see more results, add more information in the search box.
Don’t see your business? Add it now.“
(If your business is new, you can click directly on the link above to go to the submission screen.)
The submission form only has a few boxes to fill out. Do yourself a favor and choose “Owner” as your business affiliation—whatever the truth may be. Express Update makes it difficult for anyone other than a business owner to claim.
This will start the listing approval process. You will receive an email once approved. From there, you will still need to phone verify your listing and create an account. Compared to the other top-tier local citation sources, this process is quick and painless.
Click “Yes, Call Me Now.” They will call you and the screen will change to a code:
Answer your phone and enter the code. You’re done!
Claiming existing listings is about the same.
How to Claim Listings on the Infogroup Directory
Don’t forget to find all of your listings.
Once you have, Express Update offers two ways to claim them.
They don’t hide the “Claim Now” buttons. You’ll see them clearly once you find you listings.
Go to your Express Update listing:
- Click “Yes, Claim This Business.” You’ll be brought to a verification prompt.
- Click “Yes, Call Me Now.” The screen will refresh to display a 4-digit code.
- You will immediately receive an automated phone call. Enter the code when asked.
- The page will refresh again. You’ll be prompted to make an account. Do so.
- Edit your business details by clicking its name in the upper left of your account.
You can also contact Express Update directly. If you need to claim a listing without a phone number, you’ll be required to.
In that case, expect this message:
“Contact us to claim this business.
Please call (800) 794-1404 between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm EST or Email Us.”
Their email address is [email protected].
You will need to follow the same process if your listing is already claimed—for example, if your profile has ever been managed through Yext.
They are most responsive to business owners.
How to Handle Duplicates
Express Update is one of the most important directories to keep duplicate-free.
Many other sites use them to update their own databases. If you have duplicates on Express Update, you’re almost guaranteed to have the same duplicates across 30 or more other platforms.
To make matters worse:
One or two Express Update duplicates can result in several incorrect profiles on platforms like Merchant Circle (that especially struggle with duplicate business info).
If you find Express Update duplicates, remove them as soon as possible. Do not go through the claims process with them. Instead, send an email to [email protected] from the same email on your account. They usually respond within a couple business days.
Once they confirm removal of duplicate profiles, it may take up to 90 days for them to be removed. Add another 90 days to that for their directory partners to update based on your changes. With timelines like that, hopefully you can see how important it is to correct your Infogroup listings as soon as possible.
If you allow duplicates to persist on Express Update, you’re likely to see those inaccuracies reflected across hundreds of places on the web.
Do that and you may never make the first page of local results.
Need more help claiming and optimizing your Express Update listing? Leave your questions or comments below. We’ll answer ’em all. Plus, we have more in store for this and our other local SEO citations posts down the road. In the meantime, you might also be able to pick up some hints by taking a look at our marketing company on Express Update. Or, learn more about our Local Citations Services via our Free SEO Audit.