What are Yellow Pages?
Yellow Pages are a telephone directory for businesses that are organized by the category of product or service. As the name suggests, the Yellow Pages have been printed on yellow paper and bound into books for many years. However, fewer and fewer companies are wasting trees to print the physical books as the same information is available online and can be easily searched via computer, tablet or mobile device.
With the information and data at everyone’s fingertips, the days of pulling out a book to lookup phone numbers are a thing of the past. However, they still carry some value, mainly for use in genealogy searches or when trying to find historical numbers for businesses. Visit your local library to find copies of old printed editions.
Online Yellow Page Search Websites
Many companies allow users to search the Yellow Pages business listings, phone numbers, addresses, maps and driving directions to the business and more. In addition, many of the same companies provide mobile apps that provide the same functionality. Search the Google Play store or the iPhone App Store.
Private investigators can use such sites to search the yellow pages to find information on businesses, and also as a method of advertising their own services.
Following are recommended search tools for private investigators to use when searching for business or company information, 800 numbers, etc.
Super Pages.com – The leading online search site with a huge collection of resources including maps, coupons, reviews, addresses, phone numbers, wireless directory, auctions, and more. Also includes helpful local guides and links to resources for disaster recovery. Also includes resources for maps and directions, a state directory, lottery results, weather forecasts and more.
YellowPages.com – This is really the only site you need. Considered to be the “Real Yellow Pages” this site allows users to find local business listings, phone numbers, addresses, maps, driving directions across the United States. Companies can also claim their listing and advertise directly on the site. It also comes with a companion app for your mobile device for looking up stuff on the go. You’ll also find helpful information such as coupons, articles and city directories on the website.
Superior Business Network – The SBN utilizes thousands of registered reviewers from across the country to post their experiences with local businesses. This allows others to read about these experiences in the form of reviews. In addition, the SBN has online search tools to help you find businesses locally or nationwide.
International Business Directory Search
- Europages – European Purchasing Guide to Companies designed to help you find, select and contact companies. Available in 26 languages.
If you need to search the white pages, read my article on White Page Search Tools.
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