Yet another splendid year for marketing is going to pass by and we are all set to make new resolutions and set new goals for the coming year. Now there is something that many marketers usually put in their backlog of ‘to do list’ for the entire year, which we call Local SEO. Perhaps because, it seems a bit complicated to them, but then it is quite effective in bringing the local traffic for your business especially if you have just started it out. Moreover, it is not at all complicated if you are aware with the correct ways of practicing it.
Besides, the New Year is knocking at the door and we had so many updates this year that have an impact on almost everything we do in marketing including the local SEO as well. Obviously, there would a change in the tactics that we had been practicing to accelerate our local SEO success. Here is a list of things you should be doing to boost your local SEO success in 2014.
Create a Google+ Local page
Register for Google Authorship
Make use of Pinterest Place Pins
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Check for duplicate local listings of your business
Multiple listings impact your business rank in search engines negatively so you must delete any extra entry of your business in local listing. You might not have created more than one but sometimes when you business name changes its title a duplicate listing accidently gets created. You can make use of the website-‘getlisted.org’ as far as finding duplicates is concerned.
Get registered with Foursquare
Get reviews from your customers
Make sure your website content is location-specific
Search engines while crawling your website see it as valuable and targeted to local searchers if you have location-specific web pages and content. Your blog posts are however not included in it.
Submit your site into local directories
Add city and state to the title tag of your website
People usually overlook the practice of optimizing their website’s title tag but you should always optimize your business for its physical location. This will make your business to rank higher than others especially in case of mobile searchers, which cover a large part of the consumers.
Involve yourself more actively on Social Media
Make sure your website is optimized for mobile
Do market research and update your keyword list
Build links and citations on high quality websites
2014 is going to be a year when digital citations will be required to boost your local presence more than ever. Moreover, if your address is mentioned on high authority sites, local and web search will weigh more.
Use a local phone number
Local SEO for your business would need you to localize every aspect even if it is your phone number. By doing so you would be able to track which demographics are calling you. The more details you have about your potential customers, the easier it will be to convert them into sales.
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These were fourteen tips that will help your business augment its website traffic from local searches. You need to give some time to local SEO however once it is on the track your website gets rewarded by the search engine for offering a valuable user experience. Make use of the above mentioned tips to optimize your website for the search engines and harvest the ultimate results.
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