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Have you ever walked into a local shop because Google Maps said it was terrific, and it actually was? That’s local SEO magic, and today, I’ve got Amanda Jordan to help you sprinkle some of that fairy dust on your own business.
Why Local SEO is Your New Best Friend
You might be thinking, “SEO is SEO, right?” Well, not exactly. According to a GoGulf study, 46% of all Google searches seek local information. So, if you’re a local business, tapping into this could be like finding a gold mine in your backyard.
Your Local SEO Blueprint with Amanda Jordan
Amanda’s got the deets, from Google My Business to local keywords. Let’s dive in!
Google My Business: More Than Just a Listing
Amanda points out that Google My Business isn’t just a directory; it’s your new front door. She recommends posting updates regularly and responding to reviews to engage with your local audience.
Local Keywords: Not Just What, but Where
Did BrightLocal find that 33% of consumers look for local businesses daily? Amanda suggests using keywords that not only describe your service but also your location. Instead of “best coffee,” go for “best coffee in Boston.”
Reviews: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
According to a Local Consumer Review Survey, 82% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses. Amanda’s tip? Don’t shy away from reviews. Instead, make them work for you.
Action Steps from Amanda
So what’s next? Amanda suggests running a local SEO audit, engaging more with your community online and offline, and setting up a local referral program.
Got questions? Amanda’s got answers, and so do I! Check out the FAQs below to better grasp what local SEO can do for you.
- What is local SEO?
Ah, local SEO is like the hometown hero of search engine optimization. It helps your local business appear in geographically related searches on Google and other search engines.
- How does Google My Business impact local SEO?
Oh, Google My Business is like your online storefront. It’s what people see when they Google your business. A well-optimized profile can make you the go-to option in your area.
- How critical are reviews for local SEO?
Super important! Think about it: Do you ever try a new spot without checking the reviews? A Local Consumer Review Survey found that 82% of consumers do the same.
- Should I focus on local keywords?
Absolutely! Local keywords are your golden ticket. They help you appear in searches that include your location, like “best coffee in Boston,” and who doesn’t want that?
- How can I optimize my website for local SEO?
Good question! Start with local keywords in your metadata and content. Also, ensure your NAP (Name, Address, Phone number) is consistent everywhere.
- Can social media help in local SEO?
You bet! Social signals like likes and shares can contribute to your local search ranking. Plus, they get the community talking about you.
- What are local backlinks, and are they important?
Local backlinks are when local businesses or publications link to your site. And yes, they’re super important, like the community vouching for you.
- How do online and offline efforts integrate into local SEO?
They go hand in hand! Your offline efforts can build your brand, leading to online reviews, social mentions, and backlinks. It’s a virtuous cycle.
- What should I avoid in local SEO?
Avoid any “black hat” tactics like keyword stuffing or fake reviews. Google’s more intelligent than that won’t end well for you.
- How often should I update my Google My Business?
Regular updates are critical! Think of it as your online storefront window. You wouldn’t leave a Christmas display up in July, right?
I hope these FAQs clarify any burning questions about local SEO. For more deep dives, don’t forget to check out the full podcast episode with Amanda Jordan!
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