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Problem ranking a lawyers website

Discussion in 'Local SEO' started by Liaata, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Liaata

    Liaata Regular Member

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    Hi everyone,

    a client of me is a lawyer and I am trying to rank his website and google places entry.
    I created the google places entry and competition is very soft.
    However, only three results are displayed.
    The entry is optimized for the keyword and I've created a bunch of directorylinks to his website.
    Any idea what else I could do and why there are only 3 and not 7 results?
     
  2. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    We are still trying to figure out what the pigeon update did, but a few things are obvious, it gutted the maps box, and basically handed yelp the internet.

    A lot of search terms that used to throw a 7 box (and for the record it could be a 3, 7, or 10 box depending on the market) do not throw a box, and the size of the boxes is all over the place. Some keywords are throwing a box one hour and not later.

    Yelp pages are in the top 5 spots in a lot of markets, especially for heavy traffic local keywords, but I am seeing some less competitive local terms that have individual sites above the yelp results.

    Generally everything is still all over the place, but I have been running some comparisons and it seems to me that a lot of the results in the maps box have a lot of visits to the Google local business page.

    To get in the box, you are going to need plenty of good citations and reviews.
    for now and give it a few weeks to settle. Complete, consistent citations and in the case of a Lawyer, it all has to be first class.

    But right now, everything is still dancing. Just build the fundamentals.
     
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  3. ezlivin

    ezlivin Junior Member

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    There are a lot of things that play into ranking on the Google Business Local listings. The top things are:

    1. Set up your website in a silo fashion and use the Google local categories that you want to rank for as pages on your site.
    2. Get a lot of citations.
    3. Get more Google reviews than your competitors
    4. Optimize your Google Business listing with more pictures and videos than your competition

    This is the best advice I can give you and it has worked well for me.
     
  4. gacott

    gacott Junior Member

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    And EMDs still do well for local also.
     
  5. Eggplantus

    Eggplantus Newbie

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    If you had to choose between a Facebook review, a Google Local review and a Yelp review, which would you choose?
     
  6. rodowdy09

    rodowdy09 Regular Member

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    Why would you have to choose? Just wondering.. Each would be important to prospective clients, so I would like to have as many as possible for each and a presence on each platform... If you are asking for ranking, I would guess G since G is where you are trying to rank...
     
  7. PayJayNow

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    I'm at Pubcon now, and it seems like it's just an extension of G. It seems like G is chipping away at the organic results, local included, and pushing everything to PPC. G authorship is dead, local is somewhat in chaos: from G places to G maps to G business; then there's confusion over G+. I cannot wait until Ungagged so that I can hear what the "people" have to say.
     
  8. Techxan

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    Google local hands down.
     
  9. digitalsublime

    digitalsublime Regular Member

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    One hand goes to Google and other goes to yelp.
     
  10. NotDysfunktional

    NotDysfunktional Newbie

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    Do you have keywords turned on in your seo plugin? Do they match your categories in google maps?
     
  11. Purple Conspiracy

    Purple Conspiracy Newbie

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    Thanks very much Techxan

    Now I know who to follow when it comes local SEO.
     
  12. liberox

    liberox Power Member

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    .lawyer domains are now available. Get the domain your-local+.lawyer and move the site to (and 301 redirect the old to). It`s a long term benefit - once You verify your g+ business and link it with the site be sure it will give you(r client) massive boost in ranks.
     
  13. mildrendwhale

    mildrendwhale Junior Member

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    NEW Domain extension is great idea, i just apply on it redirect