The good news: Showing up in Google’s search engine can be extremely beneficial to your local business. The bad news: Google doesn’t care if you rank high or low. It cares only that there are quality results that answer the query to the total satisfaction of the searcher. So the pressing question is, how do you rank higher on Google Maps and Google local search results? This list of local ranking factors is not exhaustive nor in priority order, but grouped into general categories which you can jump to as follows: Housekeeping Signals 1. Branding 2. Domain nameexact match domain (EMD) penalty. On the other hand, including a keyword as part of your domain (e.g., www.FirstStreetDental.com) can help you as a local business if it’s tied into your brand name. Search algorithms are getting better and better at weeding out low-quality results, so make sure your domain doesn’t look like spam. 3. Hostingspeed up your web pages. Using Accelerated Mobile Pages and/or … [Read more...] about How Do I Rank Higher in Google Local Search? Our Checklist for Local SEO
The Internet has completely changed the way people do business.There was once a time when people wanted to have the name of their business first in the Yellow Pages. This would greatly increase the chances of people contacting them first when searching for a particular service. Not a lot of people still rely on the Yellow Pages anymore. Instead, people enter the type of business they’re looking for into a search engine like Google. Some of the same principles that apply to the YP searches of days gone by also apply to search engine results.If someone was to enter “plumber in Dallas” into a search engine, they would probably only look at the first few companies listed before they decided to call one; just like companies in the past would be more successful if they had their name first in the Yellow Pages, companies today increase their chances of success by having their company come up first in search engine results.It was simple to get a company’s name first in … [Read more...] about What Is Citation Building for Local SEO, and Is It Effective?
For small and medium businesses who want to compete on the same playing-field as much larger corporations with greater resources at their disposal, having a strong local SEO strategy is crucial. Irrespective of what industry you’re in, you’ll always have at least one competitor who has been around longer and has allocated more budget and resources to building their visibility on the web and in search engines. It may feel futile to try and compete with them in the realm of SEO. But local SEO plays by slightly different rules to the regular kind. You don’t need to have reams of funding at your disposal or hundreds of links pointing to your site to be visible and relevant to a local audience – you just need to understand the unique characteristics of local SEO, and apply a few simple strategies to cater to them. Whitepaper All About Click Fraud and How You Can Block ItWhat Customers Expect in the Age of AIThe Call Tracking Study Guide for … [Read more...] about 4 local SEO strategies for small and medium businesses
The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.Sun Tzu, The Art of War The Art of War is a book written around 500 BCE in ancient China. The author, Sun Tzu, was a military general, strategist and philosopher. As popular history would have it, the book has influenced many military operations and conquests over the years — from Japanese Samurai to France’s Napoleon Bonaparte. Today, the book continues to hold influence in various spheres of modern life. A quick Google search will reveal many tales of the book’s use in the business world. One story that sticks out is when the fledgling Snapchat resisted an acquisition by Facebook, and the CEO, Evan Spiegel, gave all of his staff copies of The Art of War as inspiration to finish the fight. Can lessons from military strategy really be used to inform our marketing and business … [Read more...] about Local SEO & The Art of War
In early August 2015, Google released a new local search display format that will have a major impact on local businesses. The update was not a change in local search ranking factors, but rather a change in the way local business information is displayed on the search engine results page (SERP). In the past, Google displayed a variety of organic and local results. Typically, seven local results (the “7-Pack”) were shown, depending on the location and search inquiry. Following this recent update, however, we are now seeing only three local results (the “3-Pack” or “Snack Pack“). Searchers do have the option to click for more results, but this additional step will likely have a negative impact on local businesses ranked in positions 4–7. Another significant change is the increase in the number of ads showing above the fold on mobile results. While this doesn’t specifically apply to local mobile results, it’s sure to impact search … [Read more...] about The New Google Local Search Display