Local SEO is the process of improving a small business website to increase it's visibility in the search engine results pages for a given location, it's also one of the best ways of marketing your business.

If you run a small business in your local area then you'll find that there are some useful local SEO techniques that can increase visitors to your website by helping you to get found locally.

One of the first things that you can do to improve the visibility of your small business is to claim your local listing with Google my business. You can add your name, address and phone number (NAP) along with your website address and a brief description of the services that you offer in your local area.

Local SEO and my business

I run a small business in Salisbury and look after the PCs and laptops for a number of clients in and around the City. I designed a simple website for my business when I first started up but quickly became frustrated when it failed to show up in the Google search engine results pages or SERPs. 

It's not a lot of good having a website if it doesn't get found online.It was time to do some research to find out what was wrong otherwise my business would suffer.

SEO - Search Engine Optimisation

It didn't take too much research to discover that I'd made some major mistakes when constructing my website. The written content seemed to be OK but, the most obvious mistake was that the title was 'Homepage'. By now I'd read a little about SEO and discover that there were 'on-page ranking factors' that needed attention.

I changed the title tag and used an appropriate H1 header on my site while i set out to discover what other improvments I could make to improve the the ranking. I was pleased to discover that my local search optimisation methods were paying off and I was turning into a bit of an SEO enthusiast.

Local SEO Success

The success of any local SEO campaign depends on many factors, including, the competion from other local business websites in your geographical area. For example, if you run a search for waitress hire Salisbury, the results will show one company in the area. On the other hand, run a search for web design Salisbury and you'll see that it's going to be a lot harder to rank well for those search terms.

Content writing

Writing SEO friendly high-quality content can increase the ranking of your website within the search engine results pages. Search engines love SEO friendly high-quality content and so will your visitors. Make sure that you include the important keywords that relate to your business in the content without making it look spammy.

The meta description tag is also an important element although not a direct ranking factor. What it does do is give the search engines a good idea of what's contained within that particular web page.

The content of the description tag is displayed under the title and URL of your entry in the search engine results pages, often known as Rich snippets. A good description is your chance to get someone to click on the page so make it look interesting.

So there you go, this is how local SEO can improve the ranking of a business website and help it get found locally.