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Local SEO Citation API

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Use our local SEO Citation API to get data on existing directory listings (aka Citations) and to spy on competitor citations. Use this citation data in your own SEO tools or reporting dashboards.

Add local SEO Citation data to your SEO tools and reporting dashboards

Through the API you can pull back both active citations (live listings) for your client’s business and their competitors. Use the API to identify & track existing listings and see see competitors are listed but your client is not.

What data & format of data is returned in the Citation API

  1. Raw data – raw data (JSON) which you can store locally in your own database
  2. Complete reports – set-up reports in your BrightLocal account and pull back URLs for PDF reports


Citation API can be used to –

  • Identify active citations for a client/business
  • Identify potential citation opportunities (based off citations top competitors’ have)
  • Get additional data about each citation site – Domain Authority, Citation Value, Type of Site & Free/Paid Listing.
  • The API is a REST API which returns data in raw JSON format. You will need to store this data on your end and display within your own services and tools.

What does the API cost?

API pricing is on a ‘per report’ basis.

  • Report = full citation look-up for Client + Competitor citations (top 5 competitors identified in Google+)
  • Price = US$0.50 per report

Note – API access is available to customers on our Multi-business & SEO Pro accounts (having a subscription package is a requirement to use the API). API fees are paid in addition to monthly subscription fees.

API keys, credits & technical support

We issue you with a development API key which gives you access to our Local SEO Citation API plus all other BrightLocal APIs (1 key for all APIs). We will give you a set number of development credits which will allow you to test the APIs for free prior to launching your service.

We can arrange a technical support call (developer-to-developer) so help you get set-up and to answer any questions. We advise that you review the API documentation prior to holding this call so that we can answer some practical questions and help debug any issues you encounter in early phases of development.

Contact us to get your API key and find out more.

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