Part of a comprehensive Local SEO strategy involves cleaning up and standardizing citations for your business.
If your business has ever had a name change, or phone number change, you may have some duplicate listings floating around out there. These duplicate listings ideally need to be removed.
For some listings it can be a bit of a hunt to figure out exactly how to remove duplicates. We recently encountered an inaccurate extra listing on HotFrog, so we are sharing how to remove a duplicate listing from HotFrog.
Here’s how to remove a duplicate listing from HotFrog:
- First, make sure you have claimed the duplicate listing, (or listing you want to delete). You can’t delete it unless you are the owner.
- Click on the ‘Select a Business’ link at the top of the page and select the duplicate business profile that you want to delete. Note: if you only have 1 listing in your account, you will not see “Select another business” — you will only see the name of the business.
- Once you are looking the profile you want to delete, click on the “Remove your free profile” link toward the bottom of the page. The URL contains the Company ID ( http://www.hotfrog.com/RemoveListing.aspx?CompanyID=######## ) so you can double check that you are deleting the correct profile by checking the ID number.
How to remove your Hotfrog listing altogether
If you are looking to remove your business listing from Hotfrog altogether (and not necessarily just remove a duplicate), you can follow the instructions in step #1 and step #3 above to delete your free Hotfrog listing. Essentially, claim the listing and then delete it.
However, according to the previously published Hotfrog FAQs (these FAQs are currently not online today, 6/3/2018), there are several sources from where Hotfrog may have obtained the details of your business in the first place. The details may have come from publicly available records, from websites or from commercial data suppliers. Often, a profile will be pulled together by Hotfrog from a combination of sources.
So, even if you claim your listing and then request removal your listing, it may be possible for Hotfrog to eventually recreate a new listing if the originating data is still online somewhere.
If you are trying to permanently remove data about a business from the internet, you will have to chase down all of the places that information is listed about the business and request removal from each source.