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Local SEO – 3 Tips for Ranking Higher

by Brian Colling - March 18, 2016

Due to the advent and popularity of the Internet, practically every business would benefit from having a website or blog of some sort. In fact, for the vast majority of businesses, it is necessary to have an online presence in order to keep up with the local competition. Unfortunately, in some cases, it may not even be enough to have a website in order to ensure success. Many businesses are resorting to local SEO to ensure their website or blog ranks on the first page of search results for relevant search keywords.

There is plenty of misinformation on the Internet about search engine optimization. This misinformation has prevented many business owners from truly understanding what it is and being able to effectively use this it to ensure success. Here are three tips that will help you set a high standard for local SEO in your area.

1. SEO Is Changing Constantly

When it comes to local SEO, it is important to realize that it is always changing. Therefore, you cannot afford to depend on the idea that what is working for you this year will continue to work for you next year. Change is inevitable so it is imperative that you become as knowledgeable as possible about SEO. That way, you will be able to use this knowledge to adjust your approach to search engine optimization whenever changes occur. Ultimately, it is important to have a very flexible game plan when it comes to local SEO.

2. Focus on Long-Tail Searches

A common mistake many business owners make when it comes to search engine optimization is focusing on general keywords. For example, a car dealership may make the mistake of focusing on the keywords “new car” or “old car” for their website or blog. This is not the way to go because you will have a difficult time beating all the competition already existing for these keywords. You are better off starting with long-tail searches so that you will have an easier time increasing the rank of your website. Focusing on long-tail searches may also lead to a better conversion rate because it is usually an indication of user intent.

3. SEO Is Not a One Time Thing

Since SEO is constantly changing, you cannot have the mindset that you will do a few things to optimize your website or blog for search engines and just forget it. In order to ensure your website or blog maintains its ranking, you need to continue optimizing it for the targeted key phrases. Overall, search engine optimization should be a big part of your marketing campaign.

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