DOING LOCAL SEO THE RIGHT WAY IN 2017

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Everyone wants to ‘do SEO’ right, but the SEO needle is always moving and evolving.

Local SEO is a powerful way to advertise your business. Whether you own a local shop,online store, are a contractor or have a great restaurant, local SEO can help you attract attention and leads.

Like most things in life, there are more ways go get it wrong than right. To save you all time and frustration, I am going to show you exactly what you need in order to improve your local presence in 2017, let’s jump right in.

1. ON-PAGE SEO
No surprise here, it all starts with on page. Here are the key components.
A.) Make sure your site is mobile friendly and loads quickly
B.) Add city name
​​ + product or service in page title
C.) Unique content discussing your service and something unique to the area
D.) Use keyword variation in an image on the page
E.) Embed map of your location
F.) Add Schema Markup to identify location, reviews and other pertinent info.
G.) Include keywords related to your primary keyword throughout the content to increase topical relevance
H.) If you have multiple locations, create a page for each using the above steps
I.) Set up an RSS feed for your blog post
J.) Add social sharing buttons to your content
K.) Set up a blog and publish at least two times monthly

2. CITATION AUDIT & BUILDOUT
Like links, citations used to be the more, the merrier. Google is now looking at quality signals around citations, not just the number of citations being built. Here is what you need to do:
A.) Create a list of all existing citations to your website. You can find them using tools like Whitespark or by searching Google using an advanced operator – allintext: your address.
B.) Create a list of any citations that have incorrect Name, Address or Phone Numbers (N.A.P) and contact the sites to update those listings.
C.) Visit Whitespark and enter your location and keyword and it will provide you with a list of citation opportunities. Be sure to setup your Google & Bing listings too.
D.) Be sure to create unique citations for each location your business has and link those citations to the specific location page, not the home page of your site.
If you do not want to pay for this tool, simply enter the address of the top ranked business into Google using the allintext: operator and you will see a list of places you can list your business.
E.) Create a master sheet of places to list your business and input your NAP data into the sheet to ensure it is listed properly in every directory.
F.) Work through the list until all citations have been built. You can search additional competitors to find more places to list your business if needed.

3. LINK BUILDING
Link building is a very broad topic, I can’t cover it all here. Here are some helpful ways to go about Link Building:

Creating, publishing and promoting high quality content that links back to your site
Getting recommendations and citations from trusted sites and individuals
Being active on social media and generating a high level of social proof
Syndicating your content on major industry websites
Becoming a featured columnist or a guest blogger on popular industry blogs or websites

For those of you familiar with link building, local SEO is a bit different. When building links for organic SEO , you look for authority, trust and topical relevance, among other things.

Now you have it! A quick and simple, fluff-free, effective plan for ranking locally.