How to Update Local SEO When Your Business Moves To A New Location

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Let’s say a lot of people from your area are checking out your business online, and in-store sales are through the roof thanks to your local search rankings. Then comes a problem: You decide to move to a new location. In addition to the logistical factors associated with moving your business , you also need to think about the successful local SEO strategy you worked so hard to build. Can you imagine all your efforts going down the drain and having to start a campaign from scratch? This is where local SEO comes in. The goal of local SEO is to have businesses to rank for queries with a geographic component. Let’s go through the steps you’ll want to follow to maintain local SEO gains after you relocate your business. Why Is It Important to Update Your Local SEO For a New Location? There’s no magic potion to help you transfer your local SEO gains when you move to a new location. It may be easy to update the location on your Google My Business listing and assume it’ll automatically change the whole strategy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Google pulls information from infinite sources across the internet. If you only update your business name, address, and phone number (NAP) in one place, you’ll create inconsistencies in your local SEO, as other sources will feed Google the wrong information. All the local citations about a business need to be consistent across the internet, as two different NAPs will give Google the impression of two separate businesses. As a result, your local SEO efforts will be disjointed, potentially lowering your local rankings. In addition, customers looking for your business rely on NAP information. If it’s inconsistent, you may lose them as they won’t know exactly where to find you. To avoid all these issues when you relocate, be proactive, and take control of all your local listings. Take Precautionary Measures For a New Location If your local SEO campaign is still new when you’re relocating, you likely won’t need to change your information in many places. Keep an inventory of every site where your business has a listing to make sure the information matches across the board. What if the campaign has been in place for a few years? Hopefully, you already have that inventory to refer to. If not, you’ll need to find all the sites where your business …

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The Definitive Guide to Local SEO

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Local SEO is important. In fact, 46% of all searches on Google are local . That means if you’re a local business and you don’t have your local SEO in order, you’re missing an opportunity every time someone searches for your products or services online. And there’s a lot of people searching. About 89% of people search for a local business on their smartphone at least once a week, with 58% searching daily. And from that search, 72% will visit a store within five miles . These searchers are unlikely to find you if your local SEO is poor. What, Exactly, Is Local SEO? Local SEO is the practice of increasing the online visibility of local businesses. It’s similar organic SEO , but with an added geographical component. Specifically, you’re aiming to rank high in the search engine result pages (SERPs) for local searches. There’s no point in a New …

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Local SEO for Nonprofit Organizations: 5 Tactics to Try Today

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Posted by kellyjcoop Many marketing channels are interruptive by nature, meant to divert attention away from a task, be it reading and replying to emails, perusing articles online, browsing social feeds, listening to the radio, watching TV — the list goes on. SEO is one of the only marketing channels (the only?) that serves to first deliver something, instead of asking before delivering. At its core, SEO is used to deliver helpful content to people actively searching for it. And, it can (and should!) be used to reach target audiences at the local and national level. According to Google , searches for local places without the use of “near me” have grown 150% over the last two years — showing that, when people search, they’re increasingly expecting local results. This creates a powerful opportunity for those organizations primed to take advantage of it. Through the “search and deliver” dynamic of …

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The Marketer’s Guide to Gain Brand Mileage on Google Maps

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Are you a local business that serves customers at a physical address? Then you must snatch the golden opportunity to grab consumer attention with the ultimate local guide, on a mobile device including the iPhone and iPad as well as all Android device products. ⅓ of mobile searches are based on location. Overall, local searches are growing 50% faster than overall mobile searches. As of 2013, 70% of searchers used the “ click-to-call ” function directly from the search engine result pages (SERPs). Searches including the phrase “best place to buy” with the applicable product or service keyword grew by 70% between 2015 and 2018. “Near me” searches also rose by 500% in recent years. These include searches like “car dealerships near me” and “wedding dresses near me.” Google also realizes that your business is ‘special.’ And, it released an algorithmic update, in July, 2014, to favor local businesses for …

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How To Do Local SEO for Businesses Without Physical Locations in 2021

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Posted by MiriamEllis “My business makes local deliveries, but doesn’t have a storefront. How do I handle listings management?” “I work from home. How should I be doing local SEO?” “Are there any tips for doing local SEO for clients like NerdWallet or Credit Karma that serve all customers virtually?” Queries like these about doing local SEO for businesses with nuanced, hidden, or no physical locations and with varied models of customer fulfillment are AMA FAQs and perennial topics on marketing fora. Attendees at the recent Moz Webinar on The ROI of Local SEO repeatedly asked about this subject. Business owners and marketers who haven’t serendipitously discovered Google’s various guidelines are left wondering how to promote non-brick-and-mortar brands. Even where there’s awareness that such guidance exists, Google is continually evolving its stance. It’s easy to make mistakes, overlook updates, and miss out on opportunities. The great news is, there are …

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Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

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Posted by MiriamEllis Local businesses know better than any other model what it means to fully participate in community life. You are the good neighbors who are there to serve, inspire, and sustain the people and traditions that make your town a unique and enjoyable place to call home. As we explore this topic of what local businesses can do during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to honor all that you have always done to take care of your community as a local business owner or marketer. Thank you. In this article, you will find local SEO tips that could make a difference for your business in the coming weeks, innovative resources for support, advice from my own tight-knit community of some of the world’s best local SEOs, and some serious thinking about building a better local future. Adhere to all regulations First and foremost, start each day with a …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ranking in Google Maps

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Posted by Alex_Ratynski For local businesses today, there are numerous different ways to market your brand online. The majority of your potential customers still use Google to find local businesses near them — businesses where they will spend their hard-earned money. In fact, 80% of searches with “local intent” result in a conversion. This begs the question: “What’s the best way to catch the attention of local searchers on Google?” The answer: through Google Maps marketing. What is Google Maps marketing? Google Maps marketing is the process of optimizing the online presence of your brand in Google Maps, with the goal of increasing your brand’s online visibility. When you search a query on Google that has local intent, you often see something like this: Google Maps marketing utilizes a number of strategies and tactics to help your business become one of those three positions on local map packs. Why is …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How to Choose The Right Local SEO Agency

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Statista says 52 percent of global internet traffic is mobile . A third of all mobile searches on Google are local. Microsoft says the same thing — 53 percent of mobile searches on Bing have local intent . This is pretty big on its own. Then we see data showing that local searches are growing 50 percent faster than mobile search. This growth is amazing for local businesses, but many companies aren’t prepared to take advantage of this growth. If you have the right local SEO agency, that’s not a problem. Do you know how to choose the right agency? Here are some simple tips you can use to help you choose the right local search agency for your business. Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes for Local SEO According to a BrightLocal survey , the top local search metrics for businesses were: Google rankings: The better your rankings, the …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How Google Local Guides Improve Visibility

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As a business owner, you know reviews and fresh content are essential to your success. Suppose you’re passionate about promoting your business. In that case, you likely spend a lot of time creating new blog articles, crafting social media posts, or developing video content to keep your audience engaged. But there’s another, more passive promotion method that can help grow your business and boost your local search results: Google Local Guides . Launched in 2015, Google Local Guides—also known as Google Guides—took over where Google Cities left off. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the closest comparison is the Yelp! Elite Squad . Google Guides allows users to add reviews and other content in exchange for various perks ranging from storage space to clothing. Since its launch, the Google Guides community has proved hugely popular. There are 120 million local guides , spanning 24,000 cities and towns. There are several potential …

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