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Local SEO has evolved over the last year. Now more than ever online businesses need a local search strategy, regardless of whether they are targeting a nationwide, international or local audience.
SEO is changing, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you are taking the best action for the future, and where better to start than in your target locations? Local SEO is pivotal to many businesses, from small independent shops and services to those with offices or outlets throughout the country and the world.
The urban pigeon is a relatively wily creature. Not cunning like a fox – more of a fearless perennial weed with wings, waddling amongst the human populace, waiting, waiting… The pigeon’s famous appetite for discarded chips and salty snacks is satisfied when these treats are dropped by passers-by. So; is Pigeon then an apt name for Google’s local search algorithm refresh, clearing the streets of Google one peck at a time? Can this post harbour the most bird references ever?
Google give businesses a wake-up call with its latest update changing the dynamic of local search entirely.
Last week local search optimisation experienced a fundamental overhaul thanks to the Google Place update. Now, for any geographically targeted business search (‘hotels in Portsmouth’ for instance), you might now encounter a page like that shown below.
The importance of SEO can’t be under estimated, even in these ever changing times. Whilst the majority of online businesses favour a national campaign, without also running a Local SEO campaign your business could be missing traffic that should otherwise be yours. Does this sound familiar?
Join me as I take a look at the trends in content marketing so far this year and look forward at what 2013 holds for the rapidly changing digital landscape.
Google have announced a mammoth update, with 40 changes and tweaks to the way the search engines will work all over the world. The main focus of the changes revolve around the ongoing Panda update (we’re up to version 3.3 if you’re keeping track), as well as a few other key areas.
A couple of the standout adjustments in this monthly update will impact the way that Google evaluate their links and the way they rank websites for local searches. This will no doubt raise a few eyebrows amongst anyone working within SEO, and Digital Marketing more broadly.
Local Search Marketing is becoming more and more important to online businesses these days. It’s also the fastest growing search option at the moment and so it’s important that your company is ranking well for localised searches.
An important place to start is Google Maps.
You have your Google Places profile, you have optimised it completing as many fields as possible, but your still not gaining the rankings you expected.
Well much like a web page there is more to ranking than simply optimising the profile, especially if you are in a highly competitive field.
One area that may be lacking is the number of reviews you are receiving. Read more