Links from your website to other related websites, and vice versa, play a role in your business’ local SEO visibility, because they help to establish the authenticity and credibility of your business. Without appearing “spammy” use these 5 action items in your website link strategy:
- Consistently share links to your website via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, and encourage others to pass along the information as well. Speaking of links; Here’s a few of ours: Fina Promos Website FinaPromos Facebook Page I find myself struggling with this at times. But really, the next time you are sending off an email try and take a few seconds and include a link to a special blog post or article from one of your social sites or website that would help, entertain or amuse your recipients.
- Include links to your website in email newsletters and other updates to customers. Posting a link back to your website on your LinkedIn and GooglePlus Page updates/posts can greatly increase your search engine optimization efforts. Again, without being a self-serving spammer, try to include your website link if it would actually be helpful to your associates or readers.
- Host or sponsor local events, or provide discounts for neighborhood students, and then encourage neighborhood businesses, the local chamber of commerce, charity organizations and other partners to link to your website when talking about those activities. And don’t forget to return the favor.
- Create a local directory of community resources including your favorite nearby restaurants, stores and cultural attractions, to provide an opportunity for you to link out to others (and for them to return the favor). Even consider starting a blog where you can talk about your business’ neighborhood and link to businesses and places of interest.
- However, be sure that your link strategy is authentic in that you know who you are linking to and that they have relevance to your business. Also, do not create link schemes like spamming your business’ domain name on websites, forums or blog comments.
Here’s to your success!
via SEO In 2016: What It Means For Your Content Strategy.
I love precise, easy-to-understand articles that help me stategize my marketing efforts for my small business. To be honest, I do not often find them in the vast sea of “content articles” on the web. However, this morning I read an article written by Jessy Smulski, contributing author for Business2Community that I feel is share worthy. Click on the link at the top of the page to read the full article.
So, research shows us that these four factors are important aspects for SEO in 2016.
- Mobile Browsing is Boss. Stop procrastinating on this. Get your website on par.
- Social is Increasingly Important. Yep. Stop thinking Facebook is a waste of your marketing time.
- Voice Search is a Game-Changer. People talk to their phones to find you.
- “Rich Answers” Are Stealing Thunder. Write your content intelligently. SEO infographic from LeapFroggr
Achieving effective local search engine optimization for your business is like striking gold. In my last blogpost, I suggested that we begin with properly optimiizing information that appears on your business website. Read article Today, we will discuss an issue often overlooked by small business owners-How your business appears on websites and business listings.
One of the most effective ways to boost local SEO is to be consistent with your business listing information. Google and other search engines LOVE consistency. When your business is not listed, or worse yet, the information listed is incomplete or inaccurate, this can negatively effect your placements in search results. Here are 5 tips to help optimize your business listings:
- Search local listings websites like Facebook, Yelp, GooglePlus, YP, Yellowbook and TripAdvisor to be sure your business is actually listed. If not, be sure to claim those listings, and be consistent and acurate with your business name, phone number and address. If your business is listed as located on 6th St., use 6th St consistently, NOT Sixth Street. Make changes as neccessary and delete duplicate pages.
- Include videos, photos, your website URL and any other key information to make your listings attractive, interactive and informative. I get reaaly annoyed seeing the unprofessional looking “blue silhoette” in place of a photo or logo. Really. COMPLETE the listing.
- Categorize your business properly. This greatly aids in properly optimizing your business website. If you happen to have relevant key words in your business name that helps. For example my company sells promo products. I choose the company name Fina Promos for that reason, and the domain name of finapromos.net
- Work with a “listings provider” such as Moz.com to automate the process for all local sites. Usually the price for this service is reasonable and worth your small investment in dollars compared to your large investment in time to care for this manually.
- Does your business have more than one location? Create a seperate listing for each location on your website to boost visibility of your brand and each of your stores or offices.
Here’s to your success!
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Do you own or manage a local small business? If so, you’re no doubt painfully aware of the need for strong local SEO (search engine optimization) success. Just like your computer is the new typewriter; Local search engine optimization is the new Yellow Pages. If you want to be found online, you must be seen online. Your website is your most important and valuable online assest, so ensure that it is properly optimized to appear high within search results. Let’s assume you do not have thousands of dollars to spend on SEO AdWords. Here are 4 action items to boost your local SEO.
- Choose a domain name that reflects your business location and business type. For example, Joe’s Lawncare located in Pittsburgh, PA could use the domain “joeslawncarepittsburgh.com” which says it all.
- Add key words on page titles that identify with your business, its products and services and its location.
- Be sure to add your business name, phone number, address and social media links on EACH INDIVIDUAL PAGE of your website, not just your homepage.
- In your website copy, be sure to mention not only your products and services, but include as much as possible about your local area. This associates your business with the nearby vicinity. Remember, we are after LOCAL optimization here. Include if possible, what sports teams plays in your city, what section of town you’re in, what special place of interest is just around the corner. Not only will this added information improve your website copy for customers, it will also boost your search visibility as a local business.
My next post will discuss how to utilize local business listings to boost SEO success.
Here’s to your success!
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