Nyagoslav Zhekov, who recently joined Whitespark, just sent this along:
Factual stopped accepting individual manual contributions through their website (see here when you choose “Update/Add Business Data”). Instead, now they urge business owners to contact some of the “Trusted Data Contributors” to get the listings updated (obviously, in exchange of a small fee, which is not mentioned anywhere on Factual though). It is also interesting they don’t make it very obvious that they still accept contributions through their API.
Not that the manual approach ever worked properly – it could take anything from 1 day to 3 months for an addition/update to get approved.
Bottom line is that if you want to be sure that Factual (which feeds Apple) has your data, you will now have to pay UNLESS you use their API. Here is a complete list of their trusted data contributors:
|Trusted Data Contributor (TDC)|
|Where 2 Get It|