Local SEO: Tips That Work

Creative Commons image by SEO Link

Creative Commons image by SEO Link

If you are involved in creating the SEO content for your website or blog, you know that local SEO can be the way to go for many companies. Specifying your location helps potential consumers know that you are (or are not) in their area, and it also helps you rank higher on Google search lists, because there’s less competition for “hairdressers in Cleveland” than there is for just “hairdressers.” When you create your content and ads, then, you’re going to want to think about using local SEO strategies. Here are a few hints and tips for those new to the idea.

Don’t Go Crazy Listing Town Names

If you are in, say, the Tampa area, you might consider which areas you service and come up with a very long list. Brandon, Lutz, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Seffner, Wesley Chapel, Land O Lakes, St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater… If you incorporated all of these towns into your copy, Google (and your readers) would suspect you of being spammy. Nobody wants to read a long list of towns that you service. While it’s fine to choose a couple, it’s often just as effective to state “Tampa Bay area,” or “Tampa, St Pete and Clearwater.” If someone in Lutz or Brandon wants to hire you, they’ll assume they’re included in with Tampa Bay — and if you don’t want to service homes in certain towns because they are too far outside of your radius, then you can deal with that when they call. Another option is to include a map on your site. Just avoid listing a bunch of cities, towns or zip codes in the content of your website.

Use Google My Business Appropriately

When putting your business into Google My Business for local search, you need to choose only the towns that you have a physical presence in. That’s it. Do not try to submit your listing to a variety of towns, as it’s not going to do you any good. While we’re on the subject, choose just one or two categories, as well. You can find more information on using Google My Business to boost your local SEO in an article we put up a few months ago.

Don’t Neglect to Ask for Reviews

Having reviews on your Google page, as well as on other pages like Yelp and Facebook, will give your business a needed boost. Having reviews on Google, preferably positive reviews, of course, will give people something to click on. They want to see what other people think about your business! Get into the habit of asking your customers for reviews. Do whatever works: Add a link to your outgoing email, offer an incentive for leaving a review (you could do a drawing each month for a giveaway, and each review gets an entry), straight-up ask customers face-to-face to leave a review, and so on.

Do be aware that you might need to do damage control occasionally if people leave you poor reviews. Remember that you might have to do this even if you didn’t ask for reviews, and since you are asking, you can make a mental note to stay on top of what’s getting posted about your company.

 

Keep up with your competitors by using strategies designed to boost your local SEO for better visibility. If you have questions about how you can make SEO work for you, you can contact Most Optimal.