Is your business well represented offline as well as online? Here are some tips to grow your local business and help you get located in the search engine results pages. If you're too busy to manage this for yourself, call us at http://www.PrimeView.com and let us handle it so you can focus on the more crucial parts of your biz.
10 Tips for a Thriving Local Business
If you are a small, local business, it’s easy to think that search engine rankings are beyond your reach. That’s no longer true, with the advent of local search techniques. So here’s what you need to know to make your local search campaign successful:
DON’T GET HUNG UP ON TRAFFIC STATS
Sure, it’s nice to know what people are visiting your site, but unless they purchase your product or service, it web traffic doesn’t matter. Make sure you have a way to track how new business finds you, including your website or social media presence.
DON’T GET OBSESSED WITH BEING THE FIRST RESULT, EITHER
Statistics show that while many searchers do click on the first search result, the majority of searchers have click patterns that aren’t yet predictable. This means that getting on the first page of search results will make a meaningful difference in your business.
DON’T SPAM PEOPLE
It’s easier than ever to report spammers to the search engine providers, and they are blacklisting spammers by the hundreds. Meanwhile, you still pay for the service that got you de-listed from Google. It’s a bad deal all the way around.
START WITH YOUR CURRENT SITE STATISTICS
If you don’t know what to make of your site statistics, hire someone who does. They can interpret for you who are visiting your site, how they find it, and how long they stay.
LIST YOURSELF WITH A GOOGLE MY BUSINESS PAGE
It’s the largest and most ubiquitous search engine out there. If you can only afford one thing, this should be it.
GET POSITIVE REVIEWS, ETHICALLY
Offer customers a small reward for taking a survey or writing comments about their experience with you, either online or in your shop. Make sure the form you use asks permission to use their comments and first name on your Google My Business page. Coupons for their next visit or purchase are a great idea for a good review.
GET THOSE POSITIVE REVIEWS ONLINE
Online surveys are easiest to post, but old-fashioned pen and paper works too. If the customer has given you permission to use their comments, transcribe them on your Google My Business review area word for word. This improves your search ranking and makes customers feel like a part of your team.
USE REAL PHOTOS
Don’t give in to the temptation of using generic photos on your Google My Business page -searches are tired of generic images. It’s the shots of you or your staff interacting with customers that get attention.
USE YOUR META TITLES TAGS
Populate your meta title tags with terms that might increase click-throughs. For example, if you have a florist shop, consider using “delivery” and “FTD” in your meta title tags. Once you’ve populated the meta title tags, search for your business yourself and look at your business on the search result page to see how your meta title tags look.
USE YOUR META DESCRIPTIONS
I know, I know, Google may or may not use them. But what if Google does use it? You’ve missed many click-through opportunities that your competition hasn’t.
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