Starting October 2017, Google's Chrome will display a "NOT SECURE" warning to users on sites that do not have SSL certificates. If you're working toward top rankings in Google’s search results, you don't have much of a choice but to convert from HTTP to HTTPS. Not only will the October Chrome update impact user experience, but site security will also strengthen as a ranking signal. So if your site is unencrypted, you stand to compromise a lot of traffic and potentially its rankings.
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.