5 Essential Ingredients of a Successful Local Search Optimization Campaign
November 29, 2010
In the last blog, we discussed about the latest trend of local search optimization. Now lets focus on how we can successfully conduct the local search optimization campaign. Here are some easy tips for optimizing the local search.
1. Register with local search engines
Register your site with all the major search engines meant for local searches such as Google Places, Yahoo Local, Ask Business Search and Bing Local. All these local sites listing services give the users an option to check out the photos of businesses. Therefore do upload some pictures of your business. They need not be professional but make sure that photos are decent enough to represent your business and you should have the right to use them on the internet. Apart from this, you should also submit your company’s profile on Google Webmaster Tools.
2. Submit your site in local directories
Search engines give a lot of importance to inbound links directing to your site. So kick off your local search optimization by submitting your website in as many directories as possible. You can make submissions in various directories such as Yelp, Citysquares, Insider Pages, Kazoo, MojoPages, and many more. This will help you get quality inbound links which eventually will increase your website’s ranking and thereby bring in more traffic.
Make sure when you submit your site in numerous directories, don’t forget to include your location-specific keyword in anchor text. Anchor text is the hyperlinked words in a content which gives the visitors an idea on what the page is all about. And it is a well known fact that a keyword-enriched anchor text can boost your rankings in search engines.
In other words, when you incorporate your keywords in the anchor text, it would send the signal to the search engines which then will consider your site to be an important part of the territory in which you are operating your business. You should also submit to various Internet yellow pages such as InfoSpace, Switchboard, SuperPages and lots more.
3. Optimize your website
A little change in the website can make a lot of difference in the search results. Begin by adding location-specific keywords in the meta tags, description as well as the content. However make sure to optimize your content from time to time with the better performing keywords.
4. Add contact details on web pages
Business contact details are very important. Include all the essential business details on all pages of your website from about us, home page, to contact us. This will work to re-enforce your geographic location. The contact information must include the company’s name, office address, city/town, state, country, fax no., and zip code. Most importantly don’t forget to include your local phone number which makes it convenient for your local customers to access you easily.
5. Landing Pages
If your business has branch offices in different cities, then create different landing pages for each different location. Creating separate landing pages may take time but it is worth the effort. For instance, if you offer translation services in Montreal and Toronto and if you have one landing page for both pages then both links will direct to the same page on your site which is not preferable. It is always better to create separate landing pages which take the users to the relevant page which is dedicated to that particular location and the products it offers.
Besides also make sure that all the landing pages must contain the contact address relevant to that location. In addition, incorporate the geographic keywords in the meta tags, H1, H2 tags, and the content of landing page.
Some of your customers might be just right around the corner. You have to reach out to them by taking full advantage of local search optimization and you never know in a short span of time, you may start receiving customers just a few blocks away from your business location. But in order to make that happen, find a reliable Internet marketing services provider to carry out a local search engine optimization campaign for your company effectively.