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Announcement : Local SEO

All SEO aims to increase a business’ visibility to a targeted audience, but local SEO takes
targeting even further. By focusing on customers and prospects in a specific area, local
SEO can drive traffic to websites and physical establishments. Gaining an edge against
your local competitors is made possible through local SEO.
Restaurants, retail stores, law firms, car dealerships, and even dental or medical clinics
can benefit from local SEO.
An effective local campaign requires a combination of geo-targeted optimization and
content marketing, business listings and backlinks, and user-generated reviews.

Google My Business may be the most popular listing website, but that doesn’t mean you
have to limit your local campaign to that. Try to claim, verify, and manage your business
listings at lest on Google My business,Bing Local,YP,Yahoo local and Yelp...
Google's Business Guidelines change quite often, it is therefore crucial we make sure
that the information on the business pages are correct and change as the business
changes.
Your local campaigns may also benefit from our social media services, which will cover
your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Try to keep these listings and pages updated for your
business.
OPTIMIZING WEBSITES FOR LOCAL AUDIENCES
Local SEO uses the same elements as traditional SEO does, but it requires a few
specifically targeted elements as well.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND BUSINESS HOURS
This is the information search engines, listings or directories, and customers often
look for when they first visit local business websites. A business’ operating hours and
contact information, which includes its physical address and phone number, should be
displayed on every page of its website.

HYPER LOCAL KEYWORDS
Keywords and phrases containing the business’ location should appear in title tags,
meta descriptions, and content. Simply targeting a city or state may not be enough to
drive local leads. Going hyper local by targeting even more specific communities within
your city can help get more customers through your doors.
Our SEO teams analyze where local website traffic is coming from and use that data to
choose better geo-targeted keywords.
TARGETING LOCAL MARKETS WITH CONTENT
Content marketing for local campaigns requires the same amount of creativity and
quality for any other SEO campaign, but there needs to be a stronger emphasis on calls
to action, influence marketing, and topics relevant to the business’ location.

BUILDING QUALITY CITATIONS
Quality backlinks is an important aspect of any SEO campaign, but citations are even
more important for local SEO. Citations are brand mentions made by customers or
other businesses on third-party websites. These brand mentions are key ranking factors
in local search.

Some of the most important and effective types of citations:
SOCIAL OR BLOG CONTENT:
Encouraging brand advocates and local influencers to talk about you
in their blogs and social media accounts is a good way to acquire
citations.
BUSINESS LISTINGS AND REVIEWS
Listings in business directories, local networks, and review sites in
themselves are citations. Managing these listings and getting more
customers to post positive reviews of your business can add more
citations.
GUEST POSTS AND MAGAZINE PUBLICATIONS
Getting other people to write about your business in an online
magazine or publishing your own articles and press releases can
increase your exposure and establish your brand as a leading
authority in your niche.

MANAGING CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Your local listings and social accounts need to have unique content that goes beyond
your business description, operating hours, and contact details. The best way to get this
type of content is through customer reviews.
Integrating links to your social media pages and business listings in your website,
publishing press releases about your new listings, and engaging customers through
online content can also get them to share their thoughts.
The best way to encourage positive reviews from your customers is by providing great
services and quality products, however it's not the only way.

With more search moving to mobile each day, it's imperative that local businesses adopt
a local SEO strategy. It's not a matter of simply increasing traffic to your site, it's about
staying geographically relevant to your audience and not losing out to your competitors.

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