Business owners: have you been confused recently by an email from Google asking you to publish your website? This may seem like an offer that’s too good to be true. That’s because it is. Google offering a free website is not what you think, nor does it necessarily mean anything good for your business. Read More
Have you heard about the “Buy Local” Movement? It encourages cities and towns to support small businesses in their area instead of large corporations. Small business owners need to do all they can to make sure their company is being found by customers who prefer to support the movement. One of the best ways to do this is with up-to-date business listings. Read More
Many businesses try to take advantage of Google’s local search algorithm by using underhanded tactics to try to improve their rankings. As a result, users are often spammed and become frustrated. Learn about these spam tactics here, how to identify them, and how to avoid them. Read More
We all know a business doesn’t blossom overnight. Once the signs are up and the staff is hired you can’t just sit around waiting for customers to walk in the door. Your first thought is probably to start advertising but there are a few steps before that. These steps will help you no matter whether you own a small business or franchise, or whether or not you have a marketing team working with you. Read More
In this digital economy, ecommerce websites really need to be creative and unique to generate traffic (and stand out from the competition) in the most cost-effective way. Long-standing brick and mortar retailers have added their products to the growing list of ecommerce websites. Online shopping is so hugely popular that places like Amazon, that sells anything you could need and deliver it to your door quickly and sometimes for free, eclipse the little guys that are struggling for their footing on the rocky climb to search engine relevance. Read More
Welcome to our three-part series on Google Search for Businesses! We’ll share the whole series over the next week. Stay tuned for more!
If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely set up a Google business listing at some point. Your current business info on Google is not only the #1 source for your customers in finding your business and affecting your bottom line, but did you know that your listing also serves as a bullhorn to other business sites? Read More
Local search allows customers to find businesses in their area quickly and easily. That’s why local SEO remains an important business tool.
An estimated 7 billion local searches are done from computers and mobile devices, with many of these being completed by people looking for info on businesses and services near them, in the moment. If you’ve ignored local search options in favor for other marketing methods, you’re missing out.[bctt tweet=”7 billion local searches are made from computers & mobile devices – is your local search capitalizing on them?” username=”TurnUptheSEM”]
You can also avoid making some of the same mistakes others make when it comes to local SEO. Here are a few things you’ll want to pay close attention to when launching a strong local search campaign. Even if your business is small, it’s worth the effort to establish local SEO.
If there’s one thing we preach loudly and consistently about when it comes to local search, it’s the importance of a correct, consistent Name, Address, Phone Number, and URL — also known as NAPU — across the web.
Both searchers and search engines need to be able to quickly locate this core information about your business. When information isn’t present or is incorrect or inconsistent, it creates confusion and frustration and potentially costs you business. That’s why it’s crucial for you to set up or claim and correct core business listings, including Google My Business.
Does this mean there’s an apocalypse in store for you if you decide to relocate? Not if you follow the proper steps. There’s a way for you to move locations without permanently damaging your local search presence. Here’s how.
Some online review sites make joining and claiming your business a thorough and time-consuming event. Yahoo Local understands that your time is precious, so they make their process extremely simple. Just add in some basic information, upload some photos, and you’re good to go.