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    This post was last revised with new, up-to-date information on June 22, 2023.


    If you’re serious about ranking in Google’s 3 pack, Google Maps or local finder you can’t ignore the importance of citations.

    While the importance of citations has decreased over the years, citations are still an important ranking factor and can also provide highly relevant links to your website.

    This is especially true for legal and local business directories that already rank for important keywords in your market.

    If you’re working for a law firm you probably realize that links and mentions from authoritative legal websites and prominent local business directories are very important.

    When you’re building citations you want to focus primarily on QUALITY over QUANTITY. There are a million small legal directories out there but if they don’t provide a ranking benefit or the possibility of referral traffic you can generally stay away from them.

    What Are Citations?

    Citations are simply your business name, address, phone number and website listed on a business directory like Yelp.com. In the SEO industry, we call this NAP or NAP+W (Name, Address, Phone Number + Website). These play less of a part in 2023 but are still tables-takes for a successful attorney SEO campaign.

    How Do Citations Help With Local SEO?

    Having accurate and non-duplicative citations can help tell Google that a business is real and it actually exists. Having these from highly recognized sources act as a vote of confidence in their eyes and help with rankings. Although these have been greatly minimized as a ranking factor in 2023, they are still table stake. If you’re a lawyer competing in the Local SEO space, you need to make sure you have the right citations.

    There is also a potential added benefit of link equity. Anywhere your NAP is listed, you should also have a link back to your website. This can help with your law firm organic SEO strategy. Take advantage of our local citation list and help improve your rankings.

    Are These The Best Citation Sources for Attorneys?

    This list is a curated list we work off of to help guide our citation building efforts for our clients. Since locally relevant directories exist in every metropolitan area like Chamber of Commerce’s, this list should not be considered the end all be all.

    You should combine this list with a list you curate in your specific geographic area. Find out what business directories get the attention in your local area and focus on those as well.

    This list uses the domain authority metric as a guide of how you could prioritize your efforts. If you care about Local SEO you need to care about citations.

    The list here is comprehensive local citations for divorce lawyers, personal injury attorneys, and everything in between but make sure to add to it with niche specific directories.

    My Five Rules for Using The Attorney Citation List:

    1. Vet these sources yourself. Things change and it’s important you’re always on your A Game.
    2. Don’t limit yourself to these sources. This list does not include the citation sources that might be powerful in your area.
    3. Change your mindset. Don’t just think about the citation value. Think about total search share and the benefits of being visible in more than one place. Notice how Google has been rewarding websites like Avvo, Yelp, and Findlaw recently.
    4. If you build a citation, build it right. Don’t create more work for someone in the future. Fill out your profiles completely and make them look good. Don’t ignore adding pictures or connecting your social profiles.
    5. Don’t build duplicates. Seriously. Check the website FIRST every SINGLE TIME. Search by your business name, phone number, or even the search string in Google.  Site:Citationsource.com Mywebsite.com To use this successfully replace citationsource.com with the website of the citation. Also you can replace mywebsite.com with your phone number or business name. This will show if Google has an indexed listing for you on their website.

    The Top Legal Citation Sources for 2023

    Below is the raw list of the best citations for local SEO. If you would like the full list with the submit URL’s simply fill out the form below and we will email it right to you.

    #Website NameRoot DomainDomain AuthorityFree or Paid?
    12 Find Locationwww.2FindLocation.com65Free
    4Angies Listwww.Angieslist.com89Free
    7Attorneys Lawyerwww.attorneyslawyer.org34Free
    9B2B Yellow Pageswww.b2byellowpages.com50Free
    11Bankruptcy Attorney Directorywww.bankruptcyattorneydir.com22Paid
    12Best Lawyerswww.bestlawyers.com75Free
    13Bing Placeswww.bingplaces.com69Paid
    14Brain Injury Lawyer Directorywww.braininjurylawyerdir.com18Paid
    15Brown Bookwww.brownbook.net62Free
    16Car Accident Attorney Directorywww.caraccidentattorneydir.com20Paid
    17Car Accident Lawyer Directorywww.caraccidentlawyerdir.com16Paid
    18Chamber Of Commercewww.chamberofcommerce.com67Paid
    19City Squareswww.citysquares.com56Free
    22Criminal Attorney Directorywww.criminalattorneydir.com17Paid
    25Divorce Attorney Directorywww.divorceattorneydir.com20Paid
    26Divorce Magazinewww.divorcemag.com57Free
    29Dog Bite Lawyerwww.dogbitelawyerdir.com18Paid
    30Domestic Violence Attorney Directorywww.domesticviolenceattorneydir.com20Paid
    31DUI Attorney Directorywww.duiattorneydir.com17Paid
    33Express Updatewww.expressupdate.com48Free
    37Family Attornet Directorywww.familyattorneydir.com21Paid
    38FInd a Bankruptcy Lawyerwww.findabankruptcylawyer.com26Free
    39Find a Criminal Defense Attorneywww.findacriminaldefenseattorney.com36Free
    40Find a Family Law Attorneywww.findafamilyattorney.com26Free
    41Find a Lawyer by Citywww.findlawyersbycity.com16Free
    42Find a Lawyer Freewww.findalawyerfree.com25Free
    51I Lawyer Sourcewww.ilawyersource.com34Paid
    52Index Lawyerwww.indexlawyer.com21Reciprocal
    53Injury Attorney Directorywww.injuryattorneydir.com19Paid
    54Insider Pageswww.insiderpages.com71Free
    57Law Fileswww.lawfiles.net29Free
    58Law Firm Directorywww.lawfirmdirectory.org41Paid
    59Law Firm Officeswww.lawfirmoffices.com23Paid
    60Law Firmswww.lawfirms.com43Free
    61Law Guruwww.lawguru.com72Free
    62Law Infowww.lawinfo.com70Paid
    63Law QAwww.lawqa.com40Free
    64Law Referral Connectwww.lawreferralconnect.com41Free
    65Law Researchwww.lawresearch.com50Paid
    67Lawyer Legionwww.lawyerlegion.com29Free
    68Lawyer Profileswww.lawyerprofiles.com29Paid
    69Lawyer Solicitorwww.lawyersolicitor.co.uk24Reciprocal
    72Lawyers Attorney Directorywww.lawyersattorneysdirectory.com25Free
    73Lawyers DBwww.lawyersdb.com32Free
    74Lawyers Law, Cornellwww.lawyers.law.cornell.ed94Free
    75Lawyers US Legalwww.lawyers.uslegal.com58Free
    79Lead Counselwww.leadcounsel.org52Free
    80Legal Docswww.legaldocs.com53Free
    81Legal Free Financingwww.legalfeefinancing.org13Paid
    82Legal Help Matewww.legalhelpmate.com42Paid
    83Legal Menuwww.legalmenu.com27Free
    84Legal Web Finderwww.legalwebfinder.com28Free
    85List Lawyerswww.list-lawyers.com16Free
    87Magic Yellowwww.magicyellow.com53Free
    89Map Questwww.mapquest.com94Free
    91Merchant Circlewww.merchantcircle.com85Paid
    92Mojo Pageswww.mojopages.com64Free
    94My Huckleberrywww.myhuckleberry.com46Paid
    95My Web Yellowwww.mywebyellow.com26Free
    99Path Leagalwww.pathlegal.com36Free
    101Sales Spiderwww.salespider.com52Free
    102Show Me Localwww.showmelocal.com59Free
    103State Lawyerswww.statelawyers.com44Paid
    106Target Lawwww.targetlaw.com36Free
    107Three Best Ratedwww.threebestrated.com33Free
    110Truck Accident Lawyer Directorywww.truckaccidentlawyerdir.com18Paid
    113US Lawyers DBwww.uslawyersdb.com45Paid
    114USA Attorney Networkwww.usattorneynetwork.com25Paid
    115USA Attorneyswww.usaattorneys.org21Free
    118Yellow Pageswww.yellowpages.com89Free
    123Zip Localwww.ziplocal.com52Paid

    Download The Whole Top Citation List With The Submit URL Link

    To make your life easier we created a spreadsheet with the direct submit a listing URL for each citation source. Download it here.

    After You Have Downloaded The Citation List

    The citation list comes in a Google Doc. Once you get the link to the file you will want to go to FILE > MAKE A COPY (so that you have your own copy).

    Once you have your copy made you will see how easy I made it for you. I included a list with the domain name, the submit URL (Where available), the domain authority, whether they’re free or paid and notes on the costs per each listing where applicable.

    I hate to beat a dead horse, but… Be super sure there are no duplicates before you create a new listing. 

    Once you’re sure you’re not creating a duplicate all you have to do is click the Submit URL link and fill out the listing as required 🙂

    If you’re looking to create the top citations easier check out MozLocal to get the data aggregators and some of the top sources.

    Casey Meraz Casey Meraz is an entrepreneur, SEO expert, investor, creator, husband, father, friend, and CEO of Juris Digital. Casey is a frequent speaker at industry events and the author of two books on digital marketing, including "Local Marketing for Personal Injury Lawyers" and “How to Perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit”
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