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Local business SEO

Discussion in 'Local SEO' started by kevinv89, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. kevinv89

    kevinv89 Junior Member

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    So I've always wanted to do be able to do SEO for local websites (builders, restaurants etc.) but never found a good guide on what to do. I've heard that local SEO is simple if you know what your doing but I haven't got a clue!

    Someone I know has a business that ranks number 1 in google for some terms but on much lower pages for other terms and I really want to help out and boost it up a bit.

    Does anyone know of a good guide/resource that will point me in the right direction?
     
  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Kevin,

    Doing SEO for local businesses will be very similar to SEO in general. Some of the differences might be that you take advantage of location specific business listing services, target localized keywords (i.e. widgets + city name), and your backlinking campaign may consist of targeting other local relevant businesses, bloggers, and community websites.

    Perhaps you can find more ideas here,

    http://www.searchenginejournal.com/the-definitive-guide-to-local-seo/47319/

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
     
  3. gullsinn

    gullsinn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If you are just working for local market in any area, its better to try for Google Places First.
     
  4. MandLoys

    MandLoys Regular Member Premium Member

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    Claim your Google Places and Bing local listings and add the biz to all other local directories like yelp, yellopages, etc. Make sure the address and phone number is the same everywhere! Using these local directories as "citations" Google will raise your local rankings in a couple of weeks tops, probably to first page even!
     
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    maverickbiker Registered Member

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    im starting a similar operation so im interested in any tips beyond google places and local directories.
     
  6. Magicbeanz

    Magicbeanz Newbie

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    I wrote up some really detailed advice for others. Rather than repeat myself, I hope you don't mind me putting links here:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/white-hat-seo/503477-local-search-engine-optimization-how-do-best.html#post5095835

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/white-hat-seo/500142-local-search-engine-optimization-backlinking-local-citations.html#post5097271

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/512850-ranking-local-search-engine-optimization.html#post5095749

    You should also Google "David Mihm Local Ranking Factors"
     
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  7. kevinv89

    kevinv89 Junior Member

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    Thanks guys, lot of good info and I will definitely have a read of your links when I get some spare time today.
     
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    iewhelle Newbie

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    I found great list of local search listing but most of them are only available in US. :(
     
  9. Narura

    Narura Newbie

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    Good stuff, thanks.
     
  10. rankwebz

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    1stly, I would like to suggest you the google place...then business listing or B2B listing.
     
  11. rigolo

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    i recommend google place.. its easy to rank in G places..
     
  12. radarsurge

    radarsurge Regular Member Premium Member

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    Do Below. Also, I hired a couple local SEO guys who "guarantee" placement (lol) and picked their brain for hours until I knew exactly what they did. Once I figured out I knew more than them, I experimented.

     
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    mcguirehg@yahoo.com Newbie

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    thanks, will read up on this
     
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    What if you don't have a business address to put in the google places?
     
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    scalf31 Newbie

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    The best one I recently came across is OMG Machines. This one leaves no stone unturned.
     
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    I am going to point you to one of the best (in my book) blueprints you can have if you want to get into local. In no way I'm promoting, or selling this product. Is from the creators of Magic Submitter. Check it out: http://www.mapsmarketingblueprint.com/mapsoffer/

    Local works around a lot of citations, accounts, reviews, etc. This blueprint has it all and combine it with MS. You are gold.
     
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    Add Google Maps in your contact us page and don't forget to create few landing pages (location specific, with unique contents).
     
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    Great Addition & useful Info Magicbeanz
     
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    Anyone know any uk citations?
     
  20. Cleverchristopher

    Cleverchristopher Registered Member

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    Try and get the name of your Google+ listing as close to the main keyword as possible.
    Make sure you feature your address and phone number on the homepage of your site, at least in the footer.
    Use your address as a keyword
    Use your phone number as a keyword.
    Use Yelp, Bing business page, Yahoo local listing (the free one), and lots of Business directories (I have a pretty current list if you want it)

    I avoid: Restaurants, Hotels, Salons, and business that tend to get a lot of reviews and customer feedback - they are way too hard to control and are a huge PITA.
    CC