Local SEO is an effective way to market your business online.
Local SEO is the optimization process for the local results in search engines. That means greater visibility in Google Maps and in the so called 7-pack
Why is it important to be visible in Google Maps?
It is important for your website to appear in Google Maps because you want people to be able to find your contact details. Perhaps people already know your business, but don’t know the phone number. If you set up your website right, this location data can easily be found through search engines.
More importantly, people often do not know your business yet and are searching globally for terms like “pizza”, “lawyer” or “broker in New York”. Google often shows a Google Map or a 7-pack for these kind of searches, so it’s of great importance that your business is listed there!
What do I need to do?
The first thing you have to do to get your website in Google Maps is to have a physical location for your business. That sounds silly, but this is one of the major requirements to get you listed in search engines. It’s hard to rank on “divorce lawyer boston” if your business isn’t physically located in Boston (even if you provide services there). After you have a physical location of your business you can sign up your business in the search engines: Google, Bing and now evenApple.
The third thing you have to think of is your SEO strategy! Just like regular SEO, Local SEO exists of both onpage and offpage SEO. For onpage SEO it’s important you mention the address of your business on your website in Schema.org format. And not only on your contact page, but it’s also recommended to place it in the header or footer of your website, so it’s visible on every page.
Besides the address itself the title tag is something you really need to look at. According to the
Local Search Ranking Factors naming the City and State, besides your keyword, in your page title is the most important thing to do.
A good format would be “