3 Easy Local SEO Tactics That Will Raise Your Rankings Today

SEO

Josh Patrice Jan 31 2012

Is your business locally owned and operated? Do you only target specific states, cities, or neighborhoods?

If so, you’re hopefully working hard on your website and web presence.

That’s great! We love local businesses at Portent, and we’d like to help you out. Here are 3 quick and easy steps that you can take to update your website, and grow your web presence.

Put Your Address & Phone Number on Your Site

[emailoptin type="seo"][/emailoptin]This is, to many, a no-brainer. You run a local business; you likely have your address or phone number on your site, right?

Sadly, not always.

Many sites have the company address listed, but it’s often hidden away on the Contact or About Us page. Sometimes the number is on the main page, but it’s in an image, and is thus invisible to the search engines. Once in a blue moon, I’ll see a site that flat out doesn’t put their address or phone number anywhere. I’m still confused at how a local business expects to succeed without their address on their site, but I digress.

The easiest and quickest solution is to put your address and phone number in either the header or footer of your site in search-engine readable HTML text. This way, your information is on every page of your site, and you don’t have to work it into the site content nor images.

Update Page Titles with Address, City, or Phone Number

Many local business’ sites are designed and developed cheaply, by people that don’t know enough about designing and developing. I know this from experience – before I came to Portent, I designed and developed some pretty mediocre local sites. But the one thing I did do was make sure that all my client’s pages had locally targeted page titles (the text within <title> in your html) featuring the business’ address, city, and/or phone number.

What we see a lot from local sites, is that the entire site shares the same page <title>s and sometimes never includes anything local.

The solution?

If your business relies on phone calls for appointments, orders, etc. then you should consider the following approach:

[service/product] – [biz name] [phone number] – [city]

Alternately, if it makes sense to target your locality first (home services like plumbers, landscapers, etc.) then I suggest this:

[city] [service/product] – [biz name]

When I write <title>s, I like to call out the business with a superlative, such as Houston’s Favorite Pizza, Atlanta’s Best Tapas, or Minot’s Only Acupuncturist. This will get the attention of your potential customers in the search results by helping you stand out from the competition – who wants to go to the local pizza joint, when you’re Houston’s Favorite?

Claim Your Local Search Engine Listings

Do you own your own place listing on the major search engines? Do you even know whether you have listings on the major search engines?

If not, you should. They’re the most important tools to your local business’ success.

It’s an easy process – it only takes about 30 seconds (depending on your typing speed). Each of these will have a step by step process that is very easy to follow. At the end of the process, the site you have submitted to will call you, mail you, or email you a PIN number to confirm you as the business owner. Enter that PIN, and your listing will be claimed. Submit your listing to the following sites:

  • Google Places: http://www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter?gl=us&hl=en-US
  • Bing Local: https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx
  • Yahoo: http://listings.local.yahoo.com/
google place listing

Google Local Listing Signup Process

Conclusion

For many of you, your local business is your life. For the rest, local SEO is the key to getting a leg up on the competition. We have a lot of experience in local SEO, and if you’d like a full review of what can be done to improve your local SEO efforts, we can help!

If you have any questions or comments, please add them below. We’d love to let you know what you can do to improve your local SEO.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s tremendous info! I’ll follow these tactics to raise my website ranking today. Thanks

  2. Good advice. I would specifically stress on the third one as I’ve noticed very good results when the listings are being claimed. It adds some very good trust points to the particular listing.

    • Josh Patrice

      Josh

      Yes, the last point is probably the most important of the 3. I would hope that everyone with a local business makes sure to claim their listings.

  3. I’ve always found that local listings go along way towards building trust with searchers/customers- they’ve come to expect a detailed listing. Our small business clients still come to us with struggling site rank, and we start with claiming their local listings. Thanks for sharing, too many still ignore these critical steps.

    Those listings are low hanging fruit! Can’t pass them up.

  4. Great tips. I like to use something like Yext or GetListed to make extra sure that listings are updated on all the local directories.

  5. You’re absolutely right. Not all people are aware of the great impact of Places, however. I’m just starting with my local search optimization process, so will definitely apply your advice.

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