Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

Google’s local search results are very important if your business offers products or services in a particular local area.

Local results are based primarily on relevance, distance, and prominence. These factors are combined to help find the best match for your search. Here are a few tips that can assist that your website gets listed in your relevant areas.


Getting ranked locally:

1. Make sure that your Google My Business data is complete.

Local results favour the most relevant results for each search. Businesses with complete, up to date and accurate information are easier to match with the right searches.

So that customers know about what you do, where you are, and when they can visit or find you make sure that you’ve entered all of your business information in Google My Business.

2. Provide as much information as possible

Provide information like (but not limited to) your physical address, phone number, and category. Make sure to keep this information is consistent and updated as your business changes.

3. Verify your business locations

Verify your business locations to give them the best opportunity to appear in search rankings for users across all different Google products, such as Maps and Search.

4. Add photos to show your products and services

Adding photos to your listings shows people the types of products and service you offer. It can help show potential customers that your business offers what they’re searching for.

5. Keep your opening hours accurate

Entering and updating your opening hours, including any special or extended trading hours or for public holidays etc., lets potential customers know when you’re open. Updated hours or a change in opening hours also tells Google that your business is still active and in business!

 6. Respond to customer reviews

Interact with customers by responding to reviews that they leave about your business. Responding to reviews shows that you value your customers and the feedback that they leave about your business. High-quality, positive reviews from your customers will improve your business’s visibility and increase the likelihood that a potential customer will visit your location.


Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

Why you should add FAQ’s to your website now!

SEO-and-Voice-SearchIt started with Siri, then came Google Now, with Microsoft’s Cortana. Yes were talking about voice search, and it has the potential to transform how your website could be found on the web.

Millions of people are now finding answers simply by talking into their mobile devices.

What is voice search?

Voice search is a speech recognition technology that allows users to search by saying terms aloud rather than typing them into a search field. The proliferation of smartphones and other smaller, portable Web-enabled mobile devices has increased the interest and use in voice search.

Voice search enables the user to perform searches quickly and easily with the press of the button. The answers to their search queries are fast and generally reliable.

How Does Voice Search Affect SEO?


The big difference between voice and traditional search is in the phrasing.

It seems that when we use voice search, we tend to search the way we speak – conversationally, and often in the form of a question. So if one of your website goals is to secure new potential clients or provide a better service by providing some answers about your business from voice searches conducted on Google and other Search Engines you should be considering how you phrase your website content. Two ways are to consider including a question and answer-based copy to your website.

You could also do this via a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, or even create a Q&A (Question and Answers) feature on your website.


Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

Ways to improve images for SEO – SEO Basics

SEO-tips-melbourneImages on a website can make the user experience a more memorable one, but they also need to be read and understood by Search Engines. This, of course, is in addition to the images loading quickly and being optimised for the web, with the goal to reduce the file size as much as possible, without sacrificing too much in terms of image quality.

Google and other Search Engines are basically visually impaired, so in order to be beneficial for SEO purpose, it’s important to ensure your images are correctly formatted and have the relevant file names and ALT tags that help Search Engines understand what they are.

When images are downloaded from a camera,they often have a meaningless file name such as IMG00015r, so give them a new file name that’s relevant and descriptive, making it easier for search engines to understand them, e.g. Web-Services-Melbourne.JPG

Alternative text is used to highlight and identify an image when you hover over it with your mouse cursor. It also shows as text to all users when there are problems rendering the image. By including Alternative Text or Alt Text you can describe the content of your picture to a Search Engine.


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Example of ALT text

Because Images are an important part of Search Engine Optimisation, here is a checklist to help.

Image Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do your image file names contain keywords or relevant text?
  • Do you have alt text for all images on your website?
  • Do the alt text for images on your website contain keywords?

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Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

SEO Basics – Heading Tags

SEO-tips-melbourneUnlike Title Tags and Description Tags, which are visible on a Search Engine Results page, a Heading Tag is visible on the web page, it will usually be the largest text that stands out.

In comparison to normal text its shown more like this:

This is a Heading 


It is important from Search Engine point of view as Search Engines may acquire the information about the page from the heading tag, especially h1 tag.

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Example of h1 Heading Tag

There is no character limit to a heading tag but it is normal to keep it as short as possible, to capture the visitor’s eye. To help with the SEO, the heading tag should contain your targeted keyword. It is also recommended that the keyword is placed towards the start of the heading tag.
You can have more than one heading tag on a page, but it should be in a hierarchy of h1 to h6.

Heading Tag Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do you have a h1 tag on each web page?
  • Do you have your targeted keyword in the h1 tag and is it placed towards the beginning of the tag?
  • Is the heading tag content unique?

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Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

Official: Google’s top 3 ranking factors for websites

In a rare admission, just last week, Google has confirmed the top three ranking signals in Google’s search ranking algorithm, for which it ranks websites.

In a question and answer session on YouTube, Google’s Andrey Lipattsev, the Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google revealed Google’s most important website ranking factors:

1 & 2. Links that point to your website and the website content (are equally important)

3. RankBrain (Google’s new machine learning technology)

Now whilst this may come as no surprise to many in SEO circles, what was surprising was the fact that Google’s Andrey Lipattsev straight out answer with little hesitation. Generally Google, most often when asked about their ranking Algorithms will answer in a very round about, non-specific way! It’s nice to have a straight answer and confirmation!

RankBrain was disclosed as the third most important ranking signals which is a new method Google uses to interpret a “very large fraction” of the search queries they see every day, using artificial intelligence to try to guess what a searcher’s query is referring to.

And whilst there are hundreds of signals Google uses in its search ranking algorithm, the equal top two; links and content are keys that anyone who wants their website to rank for should initially focus on.

Here’s the full YouTube video, what was said re above can be found at the 30 minute mark. (Just fast-forward if you want!)


Local Search – Getting found on Google in your local area

SEO Basics – URLs

SEO-tips-melbourneA URL or Uniform Resource Locator is readable text that was designed to replace the numbers (IP addresses, e.g. 101.182. 59.77) that computers use to communicate with web servers.

It’s the main text that describes an online document and usually targets keywords present in the content of the web page and helps return relevant pages with Search Engines.


Example of a URL

The URLs on website say a lot about a site’s architecture and often is considered important for SEO as well as usability.

URLs describe a site or page to visitors and search engines. They should ideally be as descriptive but as brief as possible. By keeping the URL accurate, relevant and compelling helps ranking well with Search Engines.

Keep the URLs clean and fill them with keywords or words that aptly describe the content.

URLs Optimisation Checklist:

  • Do you have short and clean URLs?
  • Do you have keywords in your URLs placed towards the beginning?
  • Do you use hyphens in URLs to separate words where necessary for readability. (Hyphens are preferred to underscores)?
  • Avoid using special characters in your URLs. Specifically avoid using commas, semicolons, colons, spaces, quotes, etc. in your URLs.

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