Local SEO tips to boost your rankings

Local SEO Tips to Boost Your Rankings

We all want high local SEO rankings, and with good reason. A high number of local customers use the internet to find local businesses. Purchasing goods and services in brick-and-mortar shops is alive and well. This Local Search Study found that an impressive 78% of local searches result in an offline purchase. Furthermore, it found that almost half of all Google searches are local.

Local SEO is undoubtedly a great marketing tool for your business in that it helps increase the likelihood that your potential customers will find you when conducting a local search. It’s far more important than your Facebook or Instagram page. That’s why it’s essential to ensure that you’re doing all you can in the way of local SEO.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your local SEO:

1. Choose quality over quantity when it comes to content.

This is an area where more is not necessarily better. You are far more likely to gain local traffic if your site features key information not offered in other places than if you mass-produce content that’s not particularly helpful.

One blog with key insights from an expert in your field will result in local SEO more effectively than several blogs with mediocre information that is readily available elsewhere. Don’t waste time on stuffing your site with volumes of content; focus on valuable information even if you don’t have heaps of it.

2. Create a Google My Business Page.

Map section Google search results are probably the most important when looking at local business searches. So, finding ways to optimise these map section results is key.

One way this can be achieved is to create an optimised Google My Business Page here if you don’t already have a listing. Or, you can do a search to find your business’s listing and claim it. (If there are more than one, claim them all and stick with only one.) If you already have a Google+ page for your business, you can easily migrate it to a Google My Business Page.

By far the most important information on your listing is referred to as the NAP. These key details – your correct and complete business name, address, and phone number – will help optimise your listing. Often, we see cases where a business name will vary slightly from one online location to the next. Local SEO means ensuring that your business information is exactly the same every time it appears online, without such variances as “Inc.” tacked on to your business name when it doesn’t belong.

Perhaps the best feature of Google My Business is that it is free to claim a listing which translates into free promotion for your business.

3. Make customer reviews a priority.

Reviews drive business. A whopping 90% of people say that their purchase decisions are influenced by online reviews.

Encouraging customers to leave an online review will help increase local search engine visibility for your business. Keep in mind that your reviews page is a two-way street. It’s important to respond to your customers’ reviews. Reply to positive ones with appreciation as well as encouragement to continue using your brand. This is a great opportunity to mention any upcoming sales or new product launches. Also be sure to reply to negative reviews; don’t ignore them. Addressing complaints shows your customers that you are willing to be proactive in resolving any issues.

Customers are more likely to leave a review when it’s quick and easy for them to do so. Consider placing a link to your review form under your domain so it can’t be missed. Also, don’t forget to invest in obtaining offsite reviews as well.

Lastly, under no circumstances should you post a false review. It goes against Google’s quality guidelines and, chances are, you’ll be found out and your search visibility will plummet.

4. Optimise your website for “near me” searches.

This point is important to address because Google Trends reports that “near me” searches have been skyrocketing of late. Take advantage of this trend and make sure that your website is optimised for these searches.

Make sure you have a strategy in place to optimise “near me” searches. You can start by making sure your website user experience is as frictionless as possible across all devices. Also make sure you have an abundance of information to include in local listings. Make sure you include the NAP, opening hours, a map, and of course, customer reviews.

5. Understand your customers.

It might go without saying, but making sure you understand who is looking for you will help with local SEO. Make an effort to get a clear understanding of exactly who your potential local customers are and then use that information to your advantage.

Consider what information your audience needs and translate that into a content strategy. At its core, this approach entails putting yourself in their shoes and deciding what information would help enhance your visit to your website and encourage you to make a purchase. Think about your own web search experiences: What questions do you have? What frustrates you? What helps make your search experience run more smoothly?

Final Thoughts

Boosting local SEO is a multi-faceted endeavor which can be expanded in a number of ways. It goes hand-in-hand with other strategies to help increase your online traffic and, ultimately, your sales.

Get in touch with us today. to discuss your website optimisation.

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