Why You Need to Invest in Local SEO

Why You Need to Invest in Local SEO

Investing in local search because of having a local business makes sense. Many people looking for services near them such as dentists, restaurant owners, or plumbers take their search to Google. The top rankings there are the ones getting the business. Without optimizing your website for local SEO, you’re missing out.

We’ve created a list of some of the most powerful techniques you can use to rank your website locally. This will help you climb the search engines, rank, and get the great new business. Either follow the tips yourself, or select a professional company like KnP Net Media to do it for you.

What is local SEO?

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the practice of making your website the best choice in Google’s eyes. By using the tips below, you can show Google that you’re the best choice for the service in your area. Local SEO is doing this in a very specific area.

Step 1: Create your Google My Business page.

When you do a local search, you’ll often find the top rankings are linked to a map and have star ratings. These come from a company’s Google My Business page. Anyone can set up one. All you need to do is to register your company. When you add your details, Google will verify you by sending you a letter with a unique code on it. Simply use this code to validate your page, and you’re ready to go. You can then add things like your services and opening hours.

Your customers can also review you. Reviews are keys to getting to the top of Google. By getting a few dozen reviews along with filling out all of your information, you’ll see your business start to show in the local map pack.

Step 2: Optimize your website.

The next step is to optimize your website for the keywords that people are searching for. In local SEO, this will generally be something like ‘service+location’ – for example, plumbers in New York. Take these keywords and add it to the title, headers, and content of your website. This will tell Google that this is what your website is about, and will make it more likely to rank.

Step 3: Use location pages.

Now that you have your homepage set up, you should start adding location pages. These will target other nearby areas, and will help you show up for people not only searching for the city you’re in, but also if they search for a service in a local village near you that you can still service. If you build out lots of these, you can steadily increase the amount of traffic you get, while keeping it all local.

Step 4: Make sure your website is mobile-friendly.

People searching for local services are, more often than not, doing it on the move with their phone. This makes it a must to ensure your website appears well on mobile devices. Google also ranks these websites faster, meaning you’ll get more people finding your website, too.

Google + Local: What Does it Mean?

Why The Sudden Change?
Get ready to say goodbye to Google Places and hello to Google + Local. This latest Google update is a push towards further integrating Google + into search engine results. And as you guessed, it’s a push to help local businesses become more connected to their customers through their Page via promotions and reviews.

Zagat Reviews
For all the restaurant owners out there, Google + Local will be integrating Zagat reviews. While the thought of more reviews and scoring sounds scary, the positive side is that there are different scores for food, atmosphere and service so that it isn’t all lumped into one rating on a “normal” point scale. (Remember, Google acquired Zagat in September 2011, so it’s no surprise that it’s being used!)

SEO Benefits
Of course, this update can’t be announced without benefits for search engine optimization. The great potential here is that Google+ Local pages will be indexed by search engines. Did you know that Google Places pages weren’t? This will give business owners a greater voice that gives tangible benefits via SERPs.

Time to Get Serious About Social
“With one listing, your business can now be found across Google search, maps, mobile and Google+, and your customers can easily recommend your business to their friends, or tell the world about it with a review.”

If this isn’t enough incentive for you to create a Google + business page, we don’t know what is!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Google search results are starting to include local results

Google's including local results
Google's including local results

Just heard through the search marketing grapevine that Google is starting to include local results for search queries that they think you’d like to see local results. Try a search for “cars” and half way down you’ll see local results based on where you’re searching.  This is based off the IP of your computer where you’re searching from so if you’re surfing the net from your office and the network has a block of IPs from a provider out of state you will most likely receive results based off of where that IP is located.

So with this in mind it will become more important to make sure your business is listed in Google Local. Click here if you need to get listed in Google Local.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.