Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing & Websites

Search Engine Optimization for Local Business Results

24 Dec
2010

Building a SEO strategy can be very complex and time consuming.  The Damonaz Team is committed in being your partner in building that strategy.  We always encourage those who want to continue developing their SEO strategy on their own and as a result will always provide any Tips we use and encounter.  We are pleased to  present some tips for moving up in the local business listings.

Offsite Local Business Optimization

  • Get free listings in as many local directory websites as possible. I seldom recommend reciprocating or paying for links in directories. However, if they offer a free, nonreciprocal option you should definitely take advantage.
  • Include your phone number whenever you write a description of your company on a third party website. My research suggests that Google uses your phone number to improve your local business listing rankings, similar to the way they use links for improving your traditional organic search engine rankings.
  • Make sure your local business listing is complete. For instance, include pictures, coupons, a full description, pick your categories, etc.
  • Work keywords into your local business listing description and make it as long as Google allows.
  • Look at your competitors’ local business listings. If the number next to the link titled, “Web Pages,” is greater than one, click on the link and try obtaining listings from the same websites as your competitors.

Onsite Local Business Optimization

  • Include your business name in your title tags, description and throughout your website.
  • Include your address and phone number at the bottom of every page.
  • Include the name of your city and state in your website’s content, titles, descriptions and page headers.
  • See which phrases the local business listings pop up for, and optimize your site for those phrases.

As mentioned above, there is a high level of mystery behind local business search engine optimization.  When mastered, it has the potential to be very lucrative, generating large amounts of targeted traffic, within a short amount of time. Please feel free to comment with more tips and resources.

Luis Campos
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