The Complete Local Search Checklist for 2021

As Google’s algorithm prioritises hyperlocal results, it’s more important than ever for businesses to ensure that local search is a part of any marketing strategy and plan.

The types of business that benefit from local search include professional services such as solicitors and accountancy firms, health and beauty services including doctors, dentists, hairdressers and tanning studio’s.

As well as tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and not forgetting the food and beverage industry, think of the trendy coffee shops not being discovered if it weren’t for SEO.

Amongst using traditional SEO, there are numerous local SEO ranking factors that businesses big and small can take advantage of in order to battle against competitors and not be buried amongst the search engines.

Ranking factors include

  • Proximity
  • Reviews
  • Business name citations and consistency
  • Domain Authority
  • Google My Business
  • Keywords in business titleAnd ultimately, it comes down to
  • Distance
  • Relevance
  • Prominence

A Clear Guide on Improving SEO Factors for 2021

Image Credit: Advice Local

“If more small businesses managed to crack local SEO, the value it could bring to both their online and offline presence could be enormous” – 123 Reg

We’ve put together a checklist of everything you should be doing if you’re not already, some businesses depending on their nature weigh more on certain ranking factors than others, but all should be considered for the best results.

The 2021 local SEO checklist

A Quote From Google on the Growth in Mobile Searches for SEO

  • Make sure you optimise your Google My Business listing – this is vital for local SEO.

Primark Manchester Store on Google My Business

  • Ensure content is optimised, Google has said that one of the top three ranking factors for organic search is “content” but not just any content, it’s essential to create high-quality material which is a combination of research, SEO, and design.
  • Keyword and user intent research should always be at the forefront as it’s vital to find out what the audience is searching for and what content they want to see, after all, if no one wants to read your content then why are you doing it? The design is also another critical factor, and the use of large video and images should be considered, as these can often slow down a website.
  • Embed or include Google maps
  • Ensure that the business address and contact details are easy to find and are marked up with Schema for search engines to understand the information better.
  • Optimise title tags as well as headings; to be found in local searches, it’s essential to include locally relevant terms such as a town or street names, etc.
  • Ensure meta descriptions are clear, using relevant local keywords.

An Example of A Google Search for a Local Business and Their Bio

  • Manage your online reviews, Oberlo shared a stat from Bright Local indicating 8 in 10 consumers consult online reviews for local businesses in 2019.
  • NAP Consistency: Your name, address and phone number should be on each of your site pages.
  • Build local citations as well as regional and industry directories.
  • Build quality local links for link building (this includes locally relevant, industry relevant and highly authoritative sites).

In conclusion

Local search should be a vital part of any marketing strategy and is especially crucial for smaller and independent businesses where local footfall and online engagement is even more important in order for the company to grow.

 

Lauren Watson
Lauren Watson
Lauren is a digital producer at Tecmark, she has over five years of project management experience working with a variety of brands both online and offline. Lauren is a lover of all things digital when it comes to communication and marketing and is also currently studying a postgraduate masters degree in Digital Marketing to further enhance her digital expertise.

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