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Local Search or Global?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by donkdiddly, Aug 11, 2010.

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  1. donkdiddly

    donkdiddly Junior Member

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    I know this post has been done time and time again, but I think I may have a unique case. I have been doing SEO for 3 years and know what im doing... I just want a second, third, fourth or however many opinions I can get in the direction I'm about to go in.
    I work for a local business and have been handling their seo for the past 6 months. For those months I have brought their site to page one for numerous products they offer to the local markets. In the past 2 weeks they have done the statistical analysis and have decided to dump a ton of funding into my job. I work on the seo solely right now, handling keywords day in and day out.
    I have thought about moving to the root keywords and taking the city names off of the keyphrases. For example "Los Angeles Pet Shop"... I now want to rank for "Pet shop".
    The keyword data shows I will get much more traffic to the site. I understand that it will be nationwide, and much traffic will not convert, but since we have a local host, we can gather those searchers who only search for "pet shop" instead of "los angeles pet shop". I am already ranking in the first ten pages for these root keyphrases, and can easily rank to the first 2 pages in a few weeks.
    The problem is.... I do everything whitehat. Is this something I want to spend company money and time doing? As seo-ers we hate wasting time, so im sure some of you can sympathize.
    I am confident my local rankings will stay put, but I will cross over into a whole new market of people....
    Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    Do you have any use for non local traffic? Do you ship, etc. or are you only looking for walk-in traffic?
     
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    No but knowing the average internet searcher... Not everyone types in the city when searching for something. They simply type the generic general terms. I would like to capitalize on these Googlers.
     
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    Ok, so the question is how will you capitalize? Are you looking to just get the users in your area who didn't type the city?
     
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    Yes, exactly. Also, I am with a company that is rapidly expanding. I guess I could facilitate this expansion with work elsewhere.
    And maintain my current local SERPs at the same time.
     
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    It may be worth it if you're in a large city/metro area, depending on how competitive the base keywords are.

    Take the population of your area, divided by the nation's pop, and that's the % of general visitors that will be in your area.
     
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    good advice... It may very well be worth it. I think I have decided to continue promoting the local market while targeting the general terms. Probably devote 70% of my time to general and 30% to local.
    I'll let you know how that turns out.
     
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    good advice... It may very well be worth it. I think I have decided to continue promoting the local market while targeting the general terms. Probably devote 70% of my time to general and 30% to local.
    I'll let you know how that turns out.