Category: Local SEO

How Mentions Help Google My Business Listings Surface in the Map Pack and Finder

November 20th, 2019 by

These days, Google My Business is extremely important for any local SMB. I doubt you’ve used any business or been in any store recently that doesn’t have a Google My Business (GMB) listing. In fact, you’ve likely found some of the businesses or stores you’ve shopped at recently through Google My Business. Yet even though so many businesses have a GMB listing, not many understand the different nooks and crannies […Read More]

What You Need to Know About Google My Business Spam

October 31st, 2019 by

Spam on Google My Business (GMB) is a real problem — this is why all businesses and brands must monitor their GMB listing. Compared to the changes they make to their search engine, Google hasn’t done nearly as much to combat the rise of GMB spam. These unethical spam tactics used by competitors are putting local businesses who play by the rules at a disadvantage. According to a BrightLocal poll […Read More]

Niche Citations Build Trust Amongst Search Engines and Consumers

October 29th, 2019 by

As you know, I’m all about helping local businesses get found online. While I would love to tell you ‘list it and forget it’ works like a charm, this is truly not the case. Building Trust Starts With a Solid Listing Management Foundation To build trust amongst search engines and consumers, you must have a few basic elements to get started. NAP (name, address and phone number) data related to […Read More]

Local and Social Are the Perfect Match – Here’s How to Get Going

June 21st, 2019 by

Things are not what they were years ago. Hey, things are not even what they were a year ago! Life is currently so fast-paced that a year feels like only a couple of months. And this year, in 2019, ignoring social media is a definite no-no for any business, local or otherwise. Social media simply cannot be ignored. There are more than 3 billion active users right now! This isn’t the […Read More]

Are You Falling for These Local Citation Myths? [#Infographic]

June 7th, 2019 by

Citations, citations, citations! There, I said it, and I’ll keep saying it until I have managed to convince every business on the web to fix their bad data. As you know, I’m passionate about helping local businesses get found in search results. As local marketers, we can’t do our job and help these businesses if they have citations that are inaccurate or of low quality. Why Are Local Citations Important? […Read More]

The Magic Trio: Google Maps Ranking Facts

May 24th, 2019 by

When it comes to in-store and service area businesses, appearing on Google is vital. When was the last time you visited a store that wasn’t on Google My Business? Chances are, if a location doesn’t appear on Google Maps, then it may as well not exist in the eyes of the majority of searchers. Know Your Google Maps Ranking Facts Not only does a business need to show up on […Read More]

The Guide to Getting Found for Service Area Businesses

May 10th, 2019 by

Today, more and more companies are operating without a firm business location. Whether a business functions via an online website or from somebody’s house, it still needs to draw in customers just like any other company with a storefront does! I’ve talked quite a bit about service area businesses (SABs) before, but since at Advice Local we’re all about getting local businesses found online – service area businesses included! – I […Read More]

Five Sure-Fire Ways Local Businesses Can Build Trust With Consumers

May 2nd, 2019 by

With fake news littering the internet and scams happening left and right, many consumers feel they don’t know who to trust. They want to rely on small local businesses, but how can they feel safe with a company most people don’t know about? How can they know they’re spending their money with a reputable business? According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, only 48 percent of the general population trusts […Read More]

The Ins and Outs of Online Visibility for Local Businesses

April 29th, 2019 by

The days of competing with local businesses via storefront window displays and newspaper ads are long gone. Sure, traditional methods of advertising still hold value, but it’s pretty much impossible for any business to survive without online visibility – particularly a local business. It’s just the way of the world nowadays. Without an optimized presence online, local businesses will struggle to stay relevant and appeal to local customers. In fact, […Read More]

The Ultimate How-to Guide to Long-Tail Keywords and Voice Search Optimization

April 25th, 2019 by

When it comes to optimizing content for search engines, you might feel like there are a million things to remember. You know keywords are important, but when are you supposed to use them? Can you use multiple words or just one at a time? How do they help in the grand scheme of SEO? As a local marketer, you know the answer to most of these questions, but you also […Read More]