Posts tagged with “google my business”

Local SEO: Citations & Backlinks (And Why Your Business Needs Them)

Local SEO Citations & Backlinks
The perplexing nature of local SEO presents a unique challenge to even the most savvy marketers. Google takes into consideration many different off-site factors to determine the organic, local, and Google Maps rankings (yes there are three possible placements in which your business can be found; four if you count PPC). The ideas surrounding on-site SEO are an entirely different beast. So in this post, we’re going to focus on two of the biggest off-site variables that influence local SEO: citations and backlinks.

Google Maps SEO: How to Optimize Your Google My Business Listing

How to Optimize Google My Business Listing
There are a number of variables to consider when doing Google Maps SEO. Backlink profile (domain authority), website, and other off-site signals all impact local SEO rankings. However, when it comes to ranking in Google Maps and the local 3-pack, your Google My Business (GMB) listing is a key player. There’s a lot of information being tossed around regarding the best approach to Google My Business SEO and properly setting up your GMB page.

2016 Local SEO Ranking Factors Distilled

2016 Local SEO Ranking Factors
With just months away from 2017, the search marketing community is starting to agree on the local SEO ranking factors that have shaped best practices of 2016. So I've distilled data and insights from some of the industry’s leading sources, such as Moz, Search Engine Land, and Local SEO Guide. But because some of this data is rich with metrics and SEO lingo, it may be over the head for some layman marketers. As such, I've outlined (in no particular order) some of the most influential local SEO ranking factors in a digestible and actionable blog post.

Captivate Spearheads Local Google Maps Marketing Services

Google Maps Marketing Services Atlanta
With mere months away from 2017, it's a good time to start re-assessing our local SEO strategies. Here at Captivate Search Marketing, we're taking-on a more integrated approach by embracing the opportunities in Google Maps marketing. This offers a multi-faceted approach for local businesses. Let's take a closer look at the different opportunities that our Google Maps marketing services have to offer.

How Local Business Results Are Shown On Google Search

Google Local Search Results
Depending on the keyword query, there are many different ways in which local business results are shown on Google search. In this post, we go into greater detail behind the types of search results that local businesses can leverage for greater visibility. From local SEO to PPC advertising, there are many ways to help your local business become found in Google search.

How Atlanta Startups Can Thrive Using Local SEO

When it comes to building a successful startup in Atlanta, local SEO is one of the most powerful ways to increase exposure and accelerate growth. A study from Google shows that 50% of mobile searches resulted in users visiting that business in person. In a metropolis like Atlanta, this local mobile search data should be a clear call-to-action for blooming startups.

Atlanta Startups Local SEO

If your startup’s marketing plan doesn’t include local SEO, then it’s mostly likely missing out on a large chunk of traffic. For this reason, we put together a few tips to help Atlanta startups leverage SEO and better thrive in local search.

Define Your Startup as a Local Business

From a search standpoint, simply serving customers in Atlanta typically isn’t enough. You should start by presenting your startup as a business in the local community. To best achieve this, you’ll need a local address and phone number, both of which present on your website (ideally sitewide, such as in the footer.) These are the vital pieces of data that Google uses to rank legitimate businesses in the local search listings.

Claim Your Business

In addition to claiming and verifying a Google My Business listing (which serves as your startup’s hub for local SEO,) you should claim listings on various local directories. These listings will help to boost your business’s credibility and authority, which in turn can help increase local search visibility.

Brew Pubs Near Me Local SEO

Checkout Local SEO Guide’s post on The Best Online Local Business Directories for SEO of an actionable list of places you should claim your business. You can also seek out potential listings specific to Atlanta, such as chamber of commerce sites, local affiliations and membership networks, or newspapers (finding writing opportunities for local publishers can be huge win.)

Optimize Your Site for Atlanta

It may seem difficult to include “Atlanta” in your site’s content without forcing it or butchering page copy. But really, mentioning “Atlanta” a few times on your site’s homepage will suffice.

Try dedicating small section of content of your site to its location, perhaps a general “About” or “Where We’re Based” section. Startups can get creative with this by including an “Atlanta Roots” section, or something similar to establish geographic relevancy. This, combined having a local address and phone number, will help actualize your local SEO strategy.

Consider Multiple Domain Names

Some startups invest in building multiple domains in order to define their business and target markets. For multi-location and franchise SEO, sometimes this strategy can be very effective.

As an example, a startup can develop unique websites by investing in different domain names each locality. Further, each location can have a separate listing in Google. This can help define your startups location, not only in Atlanta, but other major markets in which it serves.

Keep Content Marketing On The Forefront

Content marketing can provide a host of benefits for startups, with improved SEO being on of them. In fact, few SEO tactics are more effective than generating great content marketing that resonates with your target audience (especially if that’s a local Atlanta audience.)

Unlike the SEO-driven content strategies for many businesses, your startup’s content strategy doesn’t have center on keywords. Instead, embrace a contents strategy that’s more socially-driven and speaks wave about your startup and all the great things it provides. You can also leverage paid social advertising (i.e. Facebook Promoted Posts or Promoted Tweets) to expand the visibility of your content. In turn, greater traffic, social signals and credibility will help enhance your local SEO efforts.

Local SEO Best Practices for Atlanta Small Businesses

Local SEO Best Practices for Atlanta Small Businesses
With 2017 just a few months of way, now is good time for Atlanta small businesses to check-in with their local SEO strategy. There have been a lot of changes to both local and organic search over the last several months, indicating a need for some businesses to adapt. To help you reassess, below we share a few local SEO best practices for Atlanta small businesses.