What’s the connection between citations and local ranking? Well, first Google uses citations which include your phone number and address for location specific ranking in the organic index.
Because citations are important to place for local searches here are some of my tips to assure that you do everything in your power on your website pages to try to place for location specific searches in your local area.
Make sure you have your full address and phone number in your footer.
Make sure to spell out your state and not use the abbreviation.
Format your phone number either as 540-693-0385 or (540) 693-0385 and do not use . as separators. Google’s preferred use in AdWords is (540) 693-0385 for all instances that they call in phone numbers.
If possible get local links that feature your website URL, business address and phone. I like the Chamber of Commerce for links like this.
Make sure to claim your Google My Business and Bing My Business pages. These are great ways to also add your address and phone number.
Make sure that you review online what your address and location shows. If it is incorrect, make attempts to correct the data.
Most businesses want local placement. Assuring that you are reference properly in citations around the web starts first with assuring that you have the information posted clearly on your own website.
Blogging is a core business for my firm, McCord Web Services. I have found that website owners that take a little bit of time to help our writer get their footing, help us to do a better job delivering what they need for organic search placement and development of web authority.
Here are a few tips to help your blog writer when you start blogging.
Make sure to let your writer know your audience – age, gender, typical demographics.
Supply a short list of about ten keyword phrases that you think people will use to find you.
Offer a short selection of links of blog sites that you like for style and content.
Let them know which two or three blogs you read in your own industry.
Be patient, it will typically take four to eight blog posts for the writer to hit a stride in writing for you.
Make sure to read your own blog and help the writer to understand what you like so that they can do more of that particular topic or style of blog post.
As you browse the web send them links of content that you think would make a great background for a blog post. This actually helps them to know what you like.
The more initial interaction you have with your blog writer the better and more effective the blog posts will be for your personal business needs. That doesn’t mean that you need to do these steps beyond the initial break in period, but for the first week to two weeks your input will be hugely helpful and will shape the future of your blog post content.
If you are looking for quality blog writers for your own blog, I invite you to review our services.
Google just did a massive update on their search algorithm which impacted what sites get pushed to the topic of organic results this past week. The bottom line is that the change will benefit information rich sites but hurt those without original content.
This is what Google said exactly: “This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”
For our own site and those of our customers, this is very good news. When you build content that is more than just focused on your own business and services you enrich your own readers’ experience and now improve your own chances of placing higher organically on Google.
Of particular note is the comment “with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.” This is good news for clients that we have worked with to create in-depth articles and mini white papers which we have then in turn additionally used as link bait articles and have archived back on their website as HTML pages and PDF files.
This is also be good news for blogging clients where blogs are informative and information dense content but only if the blog resides on the same website server as the website files and is found in a directory in the root of the parent website.