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Review the most essential parts of SEO for small businesses including citations, maps, reviews, onsite content, links and more. Make sure your website is visible and useful to both people and search engines!

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Learn how to get on Google,Bing and Apple maps;
Get a tour of the brand new Google My Business dashboard;
Learn about data providers

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  • 1. Get on that Map: Local SEO George Freitag SEO Strategist @number1george
  • 2. #PortentU #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 3. bit.ly/is-it-local #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 4. About me. (picture by @flashmurphy) #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 5. #PortentU Get on that Map 2 Years at Portent 6 Years Web Consulting 1000+ Small Businesses Various internal and external trainings About me.
  • 6. What We’ll Talk About #PortentU Get on that Map •  Why Local SEO is Important •  Most Important Profiles •  Directories and Citations •  Reviews But first…
  • 7. #PortentU Get on that Map What it’s like as a small business owner
  • 8. #PortentU Get on that Map YOU THE INTERNET
  • 9. #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 10. Local to the Rescue! #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 11. You can outrank big companies #PortentU Get on that Map Local Co. (yay) Big Bank (boo!)
  • 12. You can show up for super popular terms #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 13. You can show up for super popular terms #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 14. •  20 - 30% of desktop searches have local intent •  40 - 66% of mobile searches have local intent •  Mobile searches will overtake desktop in 2015 •  88% of consumers who search for a local business visit it within 24 hours. Local SEO Rules #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 15. Local SEO Sucks #PortentU Get on that Map •  Different places show different results •  Different factors for different markets •  Constantly changing •  Influenced by location •  Listings get duplicated •  Listings get deleted
  • 16. Local SEO is not just for SEO! #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 17. On-site SEO #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 18. Not going over basics #PortentU Get on that Map •  Relevant Content •  Keyword Research •  Code •  Links   None of that here.
  • 19. What do you mean by Local? #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 20. 20 We want to get here.
  • 21. 21 And here.
  • 22. 22 Also here.
  • 23. 23 And here.
  • 24. 24 Don’t forget here.
  • 25. On-SEO for Local #PortentU Get on that Map •  Title Tag •  Contact Information •  Location pages for each storefront •  Links to Social/Review Sites   Basic Elements
  • 26. 26 Recommended Title Tag Homepage Title: Business Name - Keyword, City Internal Pages Title: Keyword, City - Business Name
  • 27. 27 Recommended Title Tag Basically, this:
  • 28. 28 Don’t scan your menu!!
  • 29. Phone Number #PortentU Get on that Map •  Phone Number goes on every page •  Be careful of tracking numbers •  Make sure that Google is indexing the local number, not the tracking number
  • 30. Location Page #PortentU Get on that Map •  If you have multiple locations, each storefront should have its own page •  Title tag for each location page should target only that area.
  • 31. Location Page #PortentU Get on that Map •  Location page should have full address listed as it is in other online directories. •  (This is called the N.A.P.)
  • 32. .Knowing your N.A.P. Getting Consistent #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 33. N.A.P. #PortentU Get on that Map Name Address Phone (Website too.) Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque 1727 Brooklyn Ave Kansas City, MO 64127 (816) 231-1123 http://www.arthurbryantsbbq.com
  • 34. N.A.P. #PortentU Get on that Map Why is the NAP important? Search engines use the number of NAP is mentions as a metric for trust and popularity An incorrect NAP may mean the search engine won’t count the mention An incorrect NAP can cause duplicate locations
  • 35. Business Profiles #PortentU Get on that Map •  Fill these out 100% •  Monitor them •  Check on them frequently
  • 36. 36 Traditional Local Result
  • 37. 37 When you hover, info appears
  • 38. 38 Reviews are shown in popup
  • 39. 39 Carousel Local Result
  • 40. 40 SERP for Business Name …it takes to you to a SERP for the business name
  • 41. 41
  • 42. WHERE IS GOOGLE GETTING ALL THIS FROM? #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 43. + Local Places for Businesses aka aka My Business
  • 44. 44 Here is where it lives.
  • 45. 45 But you can’t get to that. You’re Optimizing for this
  • 46. 46 But you can’t get to that.
  • 47. 47 Old Places Dashbaord
  • 48. 48 google.com/business
  • 49. 49 Google My Business Dashboard Edit Your Info
  • 50. 50 Google My Business Dashboard
  • 51. 51 Google My Business Dashboard Official Business Name (No Keywords) Move your Map Pin Use PHONE BOOK number (not tracking number) Website or Location Page (Depending on how many locations you have)
  • 52. 52 Google My Business Dashboard Fill out all fields People respond to PHOTOS more than LOGOS Write a brief, unique description Check your work
  • 53. Gross. z   If you don’t choose a photo Google will choose one for you.
  • 54. 54 z  Make a status update on G+
  • 55. 55 z  Insights
  • 56. Insights #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 57. 57 z  Insights
  • 58. 58 z  Reviews
  • 59. 59 z  Reviews Respond!
  • 60. 60 z  Reviews “Thank you! Glad you we were able to help you!” “I’m sorry you had such a bad experience.”   Or  
  • 61. 61 z  Reviews
  • 62. 62 z  Google Analytics & YouTube
  • 63. Google Local Tips #PortentU Get on that Map •  Make sure everything is filled out •  You can’t be in the carousel without a picture •  If you’re competitor has something in their Knowledge Graph box that you don’t, you need to add it to yours •  Don’t use microsites. Seriously. Don’t. Ever.
  • 64. 64 z  Google Map Maker
  • 65. 65 z  Delete Duplicates Click Edit
  • 66. 66 z  Always explain
  • 67. 67 z  Edit your business info Add Aliases Specify Suite/ Floor no.
  • 68. 68 z  Always explain Always Explain
  • 69. How to get approved in Map Maker #PortentU Get on that Map •  It’s like Wikipedia – you have to use it a lot •  Approve lots of changes to build your profile •  Be polite (“please and thank you”) •  Use preferred categories •  Follow directions •  If you have to, you can try asking for help in the forum.
  • 70. 70 z  The Other Place
  • 71. z  The Other Place
  • 72. Why Yelp? #PortentU Get on that Map •  132 Million Monthly Users •  74,000 Business Accounts •  57 Million Reviews •  Largest Age Group on Yelp: 35-54 (36.4%) h$p://expandedramblings.com/index.php/yelp-­‐ sta:s:cs/  
  • 73. Why Yelp? #PortentU Get on that Map Reason #1: Apple uses it.
  • 74. Why Yelp? #PortentU Get on that Map Reason #2: Bing uses it.
  • 75. 75 z  biz.yelp.com
  • 76. 76 z  Yelp Business
  • 77. 77 z  Yelp Business
  • 78. 78 Lead Calculator
  • 79. Yelp Reviews #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 80. Yelp Reviews #PortentU Get on that Map •  Strictest Filter Ever •  Low level users usually are blocked
  • 81. If reviews are blocked #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 82. 82 z  View Rejected Reviews Click here
  • 83. 83 z  Low level users get blocked Use these on your site
  • 84. 84 z  Don’t try to trick Yelp
  • 85. Yelp Tips #PortentU Get on that Map •  Make sure everything is filled out •  Upload lots of high-quality pictures •  Don’t try to trick it •  Manage Duplicates
  • 86. 86 www.bingplaces.com
  • 87. 87 Bing Places
  • 88. 88 Bing Places
  • 89. 89 Bing Places Goal: 100%
  • 90. 90 Here’s where Bing Places lives. Official Business Name Move your Map Pin
  • 91. 91 Specify Social Networks
  • 92. Bing Places Tips #PortentU Get on that Map •  Make sure everything is filled out •  Upload lots of high-quality pictures •  Manage Duplicates
  • 93. 93 z  Foursquare
  • 94. Why Foursquare? #PortentU Get on that Map •  Primary provider for most Check-in Apps •  Recently struck a deal with Microsoft to power Windows and Mobile location data •  If you think you get any visibility from check-in apps, use Foursquare
  • 95. 95 z  Facebook
  • 96. Why Facebook? #PortentU Get on that Map •  Increased visibility on Facebook •  May be the provider for Instagram in the future •  High visibility within Facebook •  Reviews contained to Facebook
  • 97. 97 z  If you’re located in another business Located inside another Place
  • 98. 98 z  If you’re located in another business Choose existing Facebook page
  • 99. Other places? #PortentU Get on that Map •  Search your business •  Search your service •  Identify directories that show up a lot
  • 100. Anywhere Else? #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 101. (Used with permission from @davidmihm; moz.com/local.)
  • 102. (Used with permission from @davidmihm; moz.com/local.) ?
  • 103. 103 z  Yext.com Free Business Scanner
  • 104. 104 z  Yext Business Scanner
  • 105. 105 z  Yext Business Scanner
  • 106. 106 z  Yext Business Scanner Click “view listing” to change
  • 107. 107 z  Moz Local Free Tool
  • 108. Pick the most accurate 108 z  Moz Local Free Tool
  • 109. 109 z  Moz Local Free Tool
  • 110. Moz Local Free Tool See what’s off
  • 111. 111 z  Moz Local Free Tool Check forduplicates
  • 112. (Used with permission from @davidmihm; moz.com/local.)
  • 113. Local Data Providers #PortentU Get on that Map Local Data Providers •  Localeze Neustar •  Infogroup •  Yext •  Acxiom •  Factual
  • 114. Yext Powerlistings #PortentU Get on that Map Yext Paid Pros •  $199-$499/Year •  Direct Feeds into directories •  Very fast •  Changes many directories only it has access to
  • 115. 115 z  Yext PowerListing Dashboard
  • 116. #PortentU Get on that Map Yext Cons •  Expensive •  Doesn’t hit all directories •  Reverts if you cancel   Yext Powerlistings
  • 117. 117 z  Moz Local Paid
  • 118. Moz Local Paid #PortentU Get on that Map Moz Local Paid Pros •  $49/Year •  Feeds to other data providers –  Localeze Neustar –  Acxiom –  Infogroup –  Factual •  Monitors duplicates  
  • 119. 119 z  Moz Local Submits via a CSV
  • 120. 120 z  bit.ly/ez-moz-local
  • 121. Moz Local Paid #PortentU Get on that Map Moz Local Paid Cons •  Slower since it goes through data providers •  You may still need to claim listings if they’re claimed by someone else •  Neustar and Acxiom revert if you cancel  
  • 122. Learn the most important directories for your area moz.com/learn/local/ citations-by-city
  • 123. Advanced Search #PortentU Get on that Map Use advanced searches to find inconsistencies •  site:example.com •  "phone number" •  " website.com" •  " business name " •  -site:example Combine them •  -site:example.com "phone number"
  • 124. 124 z  Search for a phone number "(206) 242-2828" #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 125. 125 z  Search for mentions of your site -inurl:gyrogeorge.com "georgesgyros.com" #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 126. R EVIEWS GETTING REVIEWS AND MENTIONS REVIEWS? REVIEWS!
  • 127. Why are Reviews Important? #PortentU Get on that Map People Trust Them
  • 128. Why are Reviews Important? #PortentU Get on that Map They tend to rank higher
  • 129. Why are Reviews Important? #PortentU Get on that Map    They can make or break you
  • 130. Getting reviews #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 131. HOW DO I GET GOOD REVIEWS ? #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 132. BY PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL AND MEMORABLE SERVICE #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 133. BOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 134. REVIEW TIPS #PortentU Get on that Map    DON’T DO THESE •  Put review computer/station in business •  Fake reviews •  Ask 3rd party to review •  Get a ton of reviews at once •  Incentivize reviews
  • 135. 135 z  REMEMBER.
  • 136. Review Tips #PortentU Get on that Map    Asking for Reviews In Person •  Thank customers for purchase •  Ask in person •  Follow up phone calls
  • 137. Review Tips #PortentU Get on that Map    Signs on your counter
  • 138. 138 z  Review Handout
  • 139. Asking For Reviews #PortentU Get on that Map    (No one ever clicks on these)
  • 140. Asking For Reviews Online #PortentU Get on that Map    Review Button
  • 141. Asking For Reviews Online #PortentU Get on that Map    Review Button
  • 142. “Barnacle” Reviews #PortentU Get on that Map     Review other businesses as your Google page to get more visibility.
  • 143. 143 z  How to use G+ as a business #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 144. 144 z  How to use G+ as a business #PortentU Get on that Map Use as business
  • 145. 145 z  How to use G+ as a business #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 146. 146 z  Write your review as a business #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 147. 147 z  Host a Yelp Elite Event
  • 148. 148 z  Email reminders and thank yous #PortentU Get on that Map mailchimp.com
  • 149. 149 z  Always include social links in emails #PortentU Get on that Map
  • 150. Social and Reviews #PortentU Get on that Map •  Thank customers for purchase •  Send customers to review pages through social •  Follow up with customers after the purchase •  Identify influencers •  Continue to provide outstanding service
  • 151. 151 z  Find your community
  • 152. Local SEO in 4 Steps #PortentU Get on that Map Have a focused website Fill out the right profiles Work with directory listings Have a review strategy
  • 153. #PortentU Get on that Map It’s not about getting people to your website, You’re getting people to your doorstep. Local SEO
  • 154. Prepared by George Freitag SEO Strategist @number1george bit.ly/is-it-local Thank Portent, Inc. 506 2nd Ave. Suite 1700 Seattle. WA 98104-2354 | Tel: 206.576.3740 YOU. #PortentU Get on that Map