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Tags: nap , citations , google+ , google plus , google local , google local search , google , on-page seo
Attaining top search engine ranking in the Google organic search listings is different from that of reaching a high placement in Google's local listings (which are accompanied by the map and red pins.)
In this article, we delve in the basic SEO best practices of optimizing a website for each of these search engine listings, helping you to double your business's search engine exposure at the top of Google.
In short order, organic search optimization takes deeper on-page SEO, while ensuring your website is properly optimize to rank in the Google Local Listings is a little easier. Below we go into detail about the general on-page SEO techniques to cover both.
Organic Search Optimization
Optimizing a website for high rankings in Google's organic search listings involves a number of different components. The nice thing about on-page SEO for organic search optimization is that the 80/20 rule applies. In essence, there are a few things you can do to make a big difference.
An important piece of the SEO puzzle is proper keyword inclusion. In other words, you need to mention your primary keyword target in the right places on the page. These include:
- Meta Title, or Page Title, which you will appear as your listings main headline link in the Google search results. It's SEO best practice to keep your Meta title under 70 characters
- Meta Description, which is the summary of that page that appears in Google's search results below the main headline link. Include your keyword target here but avoid a lengthy Meta description that exceeds 155 characters
- Headers are a great place to establish keyword relevancy on the page. Mention your keyword in a Header 1 and Header 2, but try to be creative about it
- Page Copy below your headers is also an important place to mention your keyword targets. Shoot to include the keyword at least 2-3 times and try to have at least 200-300 words of copy for each page
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to on-page organic SEO techniques. Other concepts and strategies worth researching are strategic internal links, HTML and XML sitemaps, Schema, optimized images, and website optimization or technical SEO. This often combines aspects of SEO, web design and development. You can explore some of these advanced components at Top of Mind's SEO Guide.
Google Local Optimization
Making sure that a website is well-optimized for the Google local listings (shown with the Google map) is a straightforward process.
- First and foremost, ensure that your business's name, address, and phone number (also called "NAP" or a "citation") is mentioned accurately on all pages of the website.
- Next, head on over to Google+, and claim and submit the verification process for your company's Google+ Local page. Also be sure to populate your the Google+ Local page as completely as possible
- Lastly, add a link to your business' Google+ Local page on your website to seal the deal
Similar to the processes involved in organic search optimization above, there are other on-page SEO techniques that can help boost your Google local listing's ranking. Some of these techniques include, but are not limited to, creating and uploading a KML file, integrating LocalBusiness Schema markup, citation auditing, etc.)
For the first step of the Google local optimization process, it's critical that the NAP information is completely accurate and consistent across all other web properties that your business owns (i.e. Facebook page, Yellowpages profile, LinkedIn profile, Yelp page, etc.)
For advanced local SEO consulting and techniques on how to further optimize your company's web presence, contact OIC Group today.