With the major search engines making significant progress on “local search” this year, there are many ways you can make the most of this local focus.
Whilst the search engines are driving the “local” movement via their paid listings (pay-per-click), you can capitalize on the increased searcher awareness of geo-search through your organic search engine optimization efforts.
Let’s face it, if you own a bricks and mortar business, chances are local customers are going to be one of your core target markets. Therefore it makes sense to address this geographical area in your optimization efforts.
A search engine can only categorize your website according to the information your web pages provide. It amazes me that so many businesses with clearly defined local markets ignore this, even in their basic web page copy.
In order to encourage the major search engines such as Google, MSN and Yahoo! to categorize your business within your locality, you must include specific local information on your web pages, such as your address and phone number, so that it is clear to the search engines which area your business services.
As customers begin to expect the local search functionality, capitalize on these expectations with your organic listings. While it all sounds obvious, we all know that optimization is not an overnight success, so start embracing the local search prospect now!
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