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How To Add Your Business To DuckDuckGo Maps

13 October 2021 | 3 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in nichemarket Advice

Add business listing to duckduckgo maps

Data privacy continues to become more critical, especially among your savvier and higher LSM users. These also tend to be the ones many businesses want to reach out to with their marketing efforts. The more advanced users tend to shy away from social media, use fewer apps, leave less of a data trail and also use services like ad blockers.

So they make it rather challenging to reach them, but it doesn't mean they are entirely out of bounds. Services that respect user data privacy continue to grow in popularity, and users have long flocked to search engines DuckDuckGo search engine for their privacy offerings.

DuckDuckGo performs similar to other search engines in that it provides you with rich snippets and map listings for businesses. You may be familiar with it when adding your map listing to Google via Google my Business.

DuckDuckGo has a similar service, but it's not as seamless as Googles offering.

Where does DuckDuck Go Maps get its data?

DuckDuckGo, like other search engines, offers local SEO search query support. You may see a map in your search results if it's particularly relevant to your search terms.

For example:

  • Coffee near me
  • Map of city

You can click on a map result to open an interactive map where you can pan, zoom, search, and look up directions.

DuckDuckGo map searches and route planning are powered by Apple's MapKit JS framework, so they pull their data directly from Apple Maps listings.

However, their strict privacy policy of not collecting or sharing any personal information extends to location searches. DuckDuckGo does not access any personally identifiable information such as IP address from Apple or other third parties they pull data from, so you are still anonymous when performing map and address-related searches.

Information provided with DuckDuckGo Maps

When a user performs a local search query for a service or business and indexed listings are available, the map listings will automatically be triggered. Alternatively, users can select the Map search option first before submitting their query.

When a business listing is triggered, you will get directions, set a planned route and even see reviews from third party sites.

However, the standard data you should see is:

  • The full address of a location.
  • A city, state, country, or region name.
  • A business name.
  • A type of business.
  • Link to business website
  • A phone number
  • A deep-link to Apple Maps

How to add your business to DuckDuckGo via Apple Maps

  1. Visit Apple Maps Connect.
  2. Login or create a new Apple ID and click the blue arrow to proceed.
  3. You will be sent to a menu called "Small Business." Click "Add My Business"
  4. Read and agree to the Terms of Use.
  5. Enter your business name and location to find your listing in the Apple Maps directory. If not found, click "Add a new place."

Enter the following business information:

  • Place name (business name)
  • Place status (either "This place is open" or "This place has moved or closed") Country
  • Categories
  • Phone number
  • Apple Pay ("Accepted" or "Not Accepted") - Not always applicable

Note: There are over 1,340 business categories to choose from, but yours may not be there, so select the closest category you can.

  1. After submitting your information, click "Call me now" to trigger a phone call to your business.
  2. Over the phone, you will receive a 4-digit code that you must enter on the screen.
  3. Once verified, you need to update your business information and social links, then click "Claim this place" or "Submit for review."

How to test DuckDuckGo map listings

Search for a restaurant, store, or any business and follow it near me to get local search results. Or search for a business, such as a hotel, golf course, or grocery store, by type or Brand name, and it should trigger a result.

Improving your local SEO

Claiming your DuckDuckGo Maps listing and other popular map apps is a great way to start your local SEO journey, but it doesn't stop there. Contact us for a local SEO audit, and we can help your business improve its chances of appearing for local search queries.

Contact us

If you would like us to set up your local SEO or want to know more about digital marketing for your business, then don’t be shy we’re happy to assist. Simply contact us

Are you looking to promote your business?

South African Business owners can create your free business listing on nichemarket. The more information you provide about your business, the easier it will be for your customers to find you online. Registering with nichemarket is easy; all you will need to do is head over to our sign up form and follow the instructions.

If you require a more detailed guide on how to create your profile or your listing, then we highly recommend you check out the following articles. 

Recommended reading

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