Expensive, annual fees
Every year you’re made to pay hundreds of dollars to keep your listings live.
Renting, and not owning
You don’t even get to own your listings, either. You’re locked into a continuous renting cycle.
To top it off, you have no say in which sites you’re listed on.
Sounds good, right? Read on to find out how you can make the easy switch from Yext to BrightLocal.
First off, you’ll cancel your Yext subscription and request them to release your listings with immediate effect. See FAQs to find out more, including when and how to cancel Yext.
We recommend a solution that comprises of 30 x Manual Citations.
Unlike Yext, we don't:
For more information on the differences between BrightLocal and Yext, read the full BrightLocal vs Yext article.
You have complete control to pick from any of the 970 sites that we submit to. That said, we highly recommend you include the following power-players as part of your selection: Google My Business, Bing, Apple Maps, Facebook, Yelp, TomTom, YellowPages, MapQuest.
For the rest of your selection our Citation Builder tool helpfully orders the list of available citations for you by Domain Authority, so you can use this to guide your selection choice. It will also highlight any existing citations that require updating.
Adding Data Aggregators allows you to claim multiple key citations quickly and easily. This rapidly expands the reach of your listings across the local search ecosystem, reaching 1,000s of directories, mobile apps, and maps around the world, at a very low cost. For more information see our article 'What are Data Aggregators and how do they help local SEO article.
The charge for all five aggregators is $100.
Am I required to renew Data Aggregators each year?
Whilst it's not compulsory to do so, we do advise renewing Data Aggregators each year ($100 for all five). If you choose not to, they go into an 'unmanaged' state, which means they could be susceptible to inaccurate data about your company being distributed throughout their networks.
Having multiple listings with different data can confuse search engines, hurt local rankings and reduce trust that consumers have for your business.
Yext's automated API solution does not identify or fix duplicate listings, and can also miss inaccuracies. For this reason we strongly recommend adding Duplicate Removal to permanently fix any outstanding issues.
That's correct. Once you've built your listings through BrightLocal they are yours to keep — forever!
The only instances you might be required to pay additional fees are:
If you need to make changes to your business information
See 'What happens if I need to change details about a location'.
To renew Data Aggregators
Whilst it's not compulsory to do so, we do advise renewing Data Aggregators each year ($100/year for all five). If you choose not to, they go into an 'unmanaged' state, which means they could be susceptible to inaccurate data about your company being distributed throughout their networks.
Unlike Yext, we don't charge recurring fees just to hold the door open for those rare times you might need to update a listing.
Instead, we charge a simple, one-off fee of $3 for each listing you need to update, and if the listing is managed through a current Data Aggregator subscription, there's no charge at all!
It's easiest to answer this with the following two questions:
If you happened to answer 'yes' to either of those questions then it’s possible that Yext might be a good choice for you.
If you're a business which is regularly moving address or making changes to core business information, then a service that can push out these changes instantaneously (but charging annual fees for the privilege) could well be a good option.
We can of course facilitate any changes or updates to your business data. See 'What happens if I need to change details about a location' for full details.
How do I cancel Yext?
You can cancel your Yext subscription from the Yext Account Settings page. The cancelation will prevent your subscription from renewing at the next billing period, so your listings with Yext will remain active up until that point.
How do I get Yext to release my listings?
It is best to contact Yext directly and request them to release your listings. To get the best from the Yext Replacement Service it is advisable to get confirmation that your listings have been fully released before you begin migrating across to BrightLocal.
When should I cancel Yext?
We advise canceling your Yext subscription, and get your listings released, 1 month prior to starting the Yext Replacement service. This will ensure there are no listings that are still locked/unreleased by Yext.
What will happen to my listings when I cancel?
When you have canceled your Yext Subscription some of your listings will remain, some will disappear entirely, and others will revert back to their pre-Yext state — which could contain outdated and/or incorrect information. The Yext Replacement Service will then ensure any inconsistencies are fully remedied, duplicate listings are removed, and you will get to build missing citations on key sites, as well as important, niche, industry ones — all of which you will now permanently own.
We offer a fully managed Yext Replacement Service for Enterprise businesses with 20+ locations, at no further cost.
Here you will be assigned an Account Manager from our Enterprise Team who will work with you to manage the full transition, for all locations, from Yext to BrightLocal.
Your Account Manager will also offer ongoing support, should you ever need to make changes to your listings.
Please contact the team to find out more.