Citations help rank your Google Local Pack listing (this was formerly called Google+ Local map) by providing Google with credible sources of information about your business. Citations tell Google that your business exists, is legitimate and that what you say about it is accurate because it can be corroborated from multiple sources. Providing a consistent name, address and phone on various sites is therefore vital to providing trust signals to Google. ikenpa.com Common citations you are likely to already know of include listings on business directory websites such as Yell or Thomson Local. A complete citation should include the name, address and phone number of your business. Local citations do not always include a link to your site although they are more valuable if they do.