In simple SEO terms, a local citation refers to any mention of your company online. This could be in a business directory, or on an industry-specific site, a blog or any other local website. www.mystudyonline.com Common citations you are likely to already know of include listings on business directory websites such as Yell or Thomson Local. A complete citation should include the name, address and phone number of your business. Local citations do not always include a link to your site although they are more valuable if they do.