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Local SEO ranking in SERPs (Not places) for generic keywords?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by supermat007, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. supermat007

    supermat007 Regular Member

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    Just doing some general searching and checking out some competition, for

    "web designer". (without quotes)

    and on page 1, 2 results were there for 2 companies in my town, a small town. No Google places results and I didn't search "web design in my town" or anything like that.

    Their page is an actual joke, seriously its so bad!. But HOW, how do you optimize for your area / how does Google show area results without you typing in any geographical information.

    Is this what "Local Monthly Searches" refers too in the Adwords Keyword tool? Searches coming from your geographical location but without actually specifying this in the search?
     
  2. Pringles

    Pringles Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Google knows where you are. Over to the left you can see and set your location. I set mine to United States when I want actual non-local results. They are optimized for the local results, that's how they are showing even though you think it is a national search because you didn't type in a local modifier.
     
  3. supermat007

    supermat007 Regular Member

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    Oh crikey, never even noticed that. So optimize for "keyword location" and then when your location is set they will match the location in your SEO and display you for just "keyword" when the location is set.

    Mine was set to "Auto detect" so I guess nearly everyone has their location set automatically unless they have intentionally turned it off?

    So Google refers to this location setting when it shows "Local Monthly Searches" in adwords?

    So to optimize for a specific location is it just the same except add a location in your backlinks pretty much?
     
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  4. humancoder

    humancoder Junior Member

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    Even after set the location, the search result can be different for you. sometime when i search for a keyword and click on a result that is in 3rd page, i found that page in 1st page when i search it again. but in same environment when i search from my another pc, its come different result. so you have to no worry for such issue.
     
  5. iiaok

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    No, Local Monthly Searches refers to the country you've selected. IMO, it needs to be changed to be broken down by province / state, and even have a city option, but it doesn't at this time.

    HTH
     
  6. BluRoze

    BluRoze Registered Member

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    Your searches may be being affected by personal search results. If you look near the upper right hand corner of google when you're logged in, you'll see a little person graphic next to a little Earth graphic. Click the Earth graphic to hide your personal results.

    I find that hiding personal results provides more consistent, accurate search results, as long as you're not searching for something that most people search for locally like "dentist" or "pizza delivery".