How does local SEO work?

Local SEO is essentially a blend of regular SEO strategies and location-specific strategies. For example, in regular SEO, link-building is an important part of your strategy for building authority and trust.

These days, link-building isn’t just about quality, however, quality is paramount. The most effective back-links are ones from high authority, relevant websites. In the context of local SEO that often means other (non-competitive) sites which serve your local area.

There are further strategies which are much more relevant to local SEO than to regular SEO. For example, in regular SEO, businesses will often have different landing pages optimised for the specific goods or services they offer.

In local SEO, businesses will generally take this a step further and create different landing pages for each product/service and each area. Alternatively, they may just optimise for each area.

It’s also important for local businesses to ensure that they are registered on all relevant business directories and on the main online mapping services.

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Why choose our local SEO services?

In modern SEO content is everything. Content is generally what earns you links from high authority websites. It doesn’t matter if they’re leading industry websites or leading websites within the local area. They’re all about content.

There are basically two ways you can leverage content for backlinks. Firstly, you can put that great on your website and have another site link to it. Secondly, you can send great content to the other site for them to publish and link back to an appropriate place on your website.

Often, the best strategy is to do both. Whichever approach you take, it is often massively helpful to work with a reputable local SEO agency which understands the underlying strategy.

We can help you to fix any existing errors on your site, using specialist tools (like SEM rush). Since it’s important to keep sites updated (the search engines rank freshness), we can have top-quality content written for your site. What’s more, we’ll make sure that it’s optimised for local key search phrases.

As a final point, we’ll make sure we build up your directory citations. These are easy to overlook, but they can really make a difference to your search engine optimisation.

What’s included in our local SEO

Our local SEO packages include the following:

  • SEO audit
  • Local citation building and management
  • Reputation management (reviews)
  • Local content creation to target pages
  • Metadata writing
  • Targeted link building to service pages and blogs
  • Conversion rate optimisation
  • Google My Business management and optimisation
  • Mobile optimisation
  • Structured data (schema)
  • On-page and Off-page optimisation
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Local SEO Case Study

We have been working with Lifestyle Shutters and Blinds for over five years. During that time, we have helped them to rank not just for the most important local-area-specific keywords such as “window shutters Chelmsford“ but also for the most important broader-area-specific keywords such as “window shutters Essex”. We have achieved this by continually optimising local pages, building backlinks and expanding local directory citations. 

Now, our client’s website (https://essexwindowshutters.co.uk/) consistently outranks every window shutter company in the whole of Essex. This not only means that online search delivers a consistent, reliable flow of leads to our client’s website. It also means that these leads are already highly-qualified.

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Local optimisation support

When something really matters, you want help from local SEO experts, not generalists. Our local SEO team aren’t just experts in local SEO. They’re experts in each stage of the local SEO process. 

For example, we have experts who specialise in content optimisation, experts who specialise in content creation and experts who specialise in link-building (and directory referencing).

Each member of the team focuses on their specific area of expertise. We are, however, still very much a team, so we all work together to deliver the best results for you, your company and your website. Our team can provide you with everything you need to rank higher than your competitors.

We’ll also help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls of modern SEO. For example, even though web content has to be created so that it is ranked highly by search engines, the whole point of being ranked highly is to encourage humans to visit your site. 

This means that you need to create webpages which work for the search engines but also appeal to human visitors. We can show you how.

We’ll also make sure that your site works for all the main search engines, not just for Google. Even though Google is the biggest search engine overall, it’s important to rank well in Bing too.

Local SEO ranking factors

Local SEO ranking factors can basically be divided into three categories. These are factors which show locality, factors which indicate relevance and factors which indicate quality. Some factors can contribute to more than one category, but will generally have most influence in one, specific category. Some factors will also help you to rank in non-local SEO results.

Locality factors

Listing on the relevant business directory e.g. Google My Business.

This is an absolute must-have because it’s what makes it possible for the search engines to feature your business on the “map pack”. Those are the businesses featured on the map at the top of the local search results.

Relevance factors

  • Searcher’s location
  • Keywords used in business directory profile
  • Keywords used on the business’ own website

Quality factors

  • Star rating on the search engine’s business directory
  • Name, address and phone number (NAP) citations (e.g business directories)
  • Backlinking profile
  • Perceived quality of the business’ own website
  • Online reviews
  • Number of “check-ins” at that location
  • Shares on social media

Why is local SEO important?

Up until COVID19, many local businesses still did most of their marketing via the old-school leaflet-drop. They knew that most of those leaflets were going to go straight into the (recycling) bin. 

They also knew, however, that, if they were smart about it, they’d still get enough hits to make it worthwhile. COVID19 has, however, let local businesses see just how much money they were wasting on this approach.

Old-school leafleting relies on the right leaflet finding the right customer at the right point. By the law of averages, if you put out enough leaflets, you’ll get some results, you may even get enough to cover the costs and still make a profit. You will not, however, get the most cost-effective results and you run an increasing risk of frustrating potential customers.

Local SEO marketing, by contrast, means that local customers find you when they are in “buying mode”. Under normal circumstances, 76% of consumers who search for a local store actually do visit it that same day.

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Working with our local SEO agency

If your local SEO could use some help, please get in touch and one of our local SEO consultants will undertake a FREE site audit of your current website. Once we’ve established where you are now, our team of local SEO experts will create a plan to get you where you need to be. That’s at the top of the local SEO listings!

The good news is that this can be a lot more affordable than you think. For example, it’s free to claim your place on the search engines’ business directories and many other local business directories are also free. You just need to know about them and know how to use them. Then you can focus the budget you have where it delivers the most benefit to your business.