Local Search Engine optimization strategies to boost local traffic to your website
Do you want to grow your business faster? Do you want to improve your visibility on Google and other search engines? In this blog we are going to discuss steps you can take right now to drive more local traffic to your website and make it easier for your customers to find you online.
What is Local Search:
Local search means being found when someone is looking for something in the local market you serve. It is perfect for businesses that are geographically focused because local search ranking:
- Develops trust and loyal customers
- Increases visibility, site traffic, leads, and foot traffic
- Avoids wasting time competing with eCommerce giants
- “Near me” searches grew by 900% over the last two years.
Four areas of the Google local search results page where you can potentially get your business listed include:
- Google My Business maps. Despite being a free business profile on Google, a shockingly high number of businesses have not claimed their listings. 90% of consumers use GMB to find a local company.
- Local search engine optimization maximizes your online presence based on a set of ranking criteria – proximity, relevance, and prominence (the quality of your website) – so that Google returns your listing as one of the most relevant results.
- Paid search results start with “Ad”. Each time someone clicks on your search result, you pay a fee to Google.
- Google Guaranteed listings have earned a rotation at the top of the page for local searches.
Seven steps to Get your business listed on one or more of these four prized spots of the first page of local search results:
1. Have a Mobile-friendly Website
Having a responsive design means that your website can adapt to any screen size and makes it easier for your customers to find you because most local searches are done on phones.
If your website does not pass Google’s test, get in touch with us ASAP.
2. Include Your Address on Your Website
If you only have one location, add it to your contact page and website footer. If you have multiple locations, use a “Locations” page to list each address, and create a unique page for each.
Including Schema Markup to your site tells search engines precisely what your business name is, your logo, address, phone numbers, operating hours, and more.
3. Create a Google My Business Listing
By far the most important action for local SEO. It’s an easy way to get a first page search result on a local business with these steps:
- Claim your listing
- 100% complete all your business
- Upload media
- Embrace and respond to customer reviews – even the bad ones! Watch out for WSI’s webinar on customer reviews
- Enable any suitable additional features, e.g. chat, social
- Create Google posts on your profile
- Take advantage of Google My Business’ reporting and analysis platforms
4. Add Local Oriented Content
Keep content fresh with regular blogs posts.
5. Use Business Citations
Online mentions of consistent NAP info – name, address, phone – boosts rankings. Seems complicated? Don’t worry, we are here to help you.
6. Optimize for Voice Searches
Because most local searches are done by phone, people are increasingly using voice-activated search. Be specific and conversational.
7. Google Guaranteed
Apply for this certification that gives prospects additional confidence in your business. Used mostly in service industries.
We are helping thousands of businesses worldwide benefit from these strategies. Get in touch with us if you need help in implementing local search strategy for your business.