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Local Search is Important - Even For Online

It does not matter if you’re purely an online operation!

Google research shows:

  • Over 70% of all search activity is related to local searches
  • 50% of mobile searches with local intent lead to store visits within a 24 hour period

What is Local Search?

To be clear: Local search happens when users search for products & services using geographically constrained phrases. For example: ‘electronics Sydney’

Even a pure online operation can benefit from listing that is linked to the area where their offices are located. If you have multiple branches or offices in multiple cities, so much the better. These kinds of links will boost the authority of your domain and indirectly lead to higher rankings.

While it may seem paradoxical for an ecommerce store to be concerned about local search the Google My Business program can make a significant difference to ranking in search results.

  • Boost local search listings
  • Improve overall ranking ability
  • Prevent competitors from gaining listings
  • Present a platform for reviews

Context Matters for Mobile

Context is especially important for mobile search. Because Google knows your location when you enter a search query from your mobile, it will try to understand your intention, so that it can deliver you a more useful search result.

  • Study your Search Console – Search Analytics
  • Create content or product specials from the results

Make the Best of GMB (Google My Business)

Work on your GMB listings, they will return a good ROI for your efforts.

  • Boost local search
  • listings
  • Improve overall ranking ability
  • Prevent competitors from gaining listings
  • Act as a platform for local reviews

You can:

  • Add review links to mail communications
  • Ask for reviews
  • Consider review links for website products
  • Find and use a local review link generator

 

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