Optimise your Website & Local SEO


The aim of optimising your website is to provide clear information to Google’s algorithms about where you are located, the services you offer in order for them to assign your website a position within the search results for a particular search query.

If the thought of optimising your website fills you with horror, then go back to your developer to get the following steps implemented on site.

 

**Note: If you do not have a website, don’t panic. Your Google my Business page has a website option for you and they work quite well.

 

1. Your Location

You have spent time on optimising your Google My Business page, you now need to connect the dots between your Website and your Business Listing.

I recommend adding your address to the websites footer.

This serves to reinforce your location across the site, its also handy for customers to see exactly where you are located, so provide a link option for them.

 

Address in Website Footer - Local SEO Steps - Online Ownership
 

If you have multiple locations, then I would have your Head Office address listed and a link to your location page, where users can find all your locations.

Embed your map on your contact us page, good for users to see exactly where you are located, and remember we are joining the dots for Googlebot.

Embed a map:

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Go to your business in maps
  3. In the top left, click Menu
  4. Click Share or embed map
  5. Click Embed map
  6. To the left of the text box, pick the size you want by clicking the Down arrow
  7. Copy the text in the box. Paste it into the HTML of your website.

 

2. Local Business Structured Data

Now that you have your businesses address on site, we can reinforce this data to Google via local business structured data.

 

<script type="application/ld+json">
   {
  	"@context": "http://schema.org",
  	"@type": "LocalBusiness",
    "image": "Image URL",
    "priceRange" : "Price Range",
  	"address": {
    "@type": "PostalAddress",
    "streetAddress": "First Line Address",
    "addressLocality": "Town",
    "addressRegion": "State ",
    "postalCode":"Post Code"
    
  	},
  	"description": "Brief Description of Business",
  	"name": "Name of Business",
    "openingHours": "Mo-Fr 09:00-17:00",
  	"telephone": "0800 000 000",
  	"email": "info@yourdomain",
    "url": "https://www.yourdomain.co.uk",
    "hasMap": "Short link direct from your GMB listing",
    "sameAs" : [
    "Social media channel", 
   “Social media channel”


   ]
     }
   }
</script>

 

3. Websites Home Page

City or Town and County in your home pages <title>

An example of this would be:

 

<title>Business Name – Emergency Plumbers in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire</title>

<title>Business Name – Expert Eye Care in Kettering, Northamptonshire</title>

 

By including your Core Business Service and Location in your page title, you are letting both users and search engines know what you provide and the location in which you provide it.

Your page should also include this within your H1, H2 tags on page.

 

<h1>Welcome to ABC Emergency Plumbers in Wellingborough</h1>

<h2>Plumbing Services across Northamptonshire</h2>

 

4. Business Citations and Links

A business citation is basically a business profile on a website other then your own website. A citation will consist of the Name, Address and Contact details of the business and more often then not a link to your website. Depending on the site or business directory, they may also offer a business description, images, products, social media profiles.

Business citations can also appear on supplier websites, trade organisations and chamber of commerce websites. It is worth noting that you only really want to be creating these in relevant and authoritative sites, these will provide the better online signals to Googlebot.

The single most important thing to keep in mind when submitting your business details to a business directory, is to keep your details accurate: Name, Address and Phone Number (NAP)

There are a few main aggregators in the UK:

  • Scoot
  • Thomson Local
  • 118
  • The Best Of
  • Free Index
  • Cylex

 

Some of these aggregators do have paid options which I would not use, rather spend any additional budget on Google Ads or perhaps paid social, but I have encountered a “premium” listing that provides any meaningful leads or customers.

After submitting your business to the main aggregators you can then look for more local and niche relevant sources. You can do this by searching online with “Northampton business directory” or “plumbers business directory”.

Another great source of local relevant links is with partnerships with businesses in the area, whether these be suppliers for your business, or other businesses, all you have to do is ask. There are also local charities, sponsorship’s and don’t forget the local press.

 

5. Content on Site

There is no point having a user land on a product and service page, not finding the information they need and leaving. Your service and products pages should contain all the necessary information required for the user to make an informed purchasing decision.

One tip to get you looking at your site content in the right way, is by asking yourself, “if a customer came into the business and all you could say to that customer is what is presented on your page” would you make the sale?

An easy way to provide additional specific information is to provide FAQs on relevant pages. You can easily build on these by creating a spreadsheet with pages for each service, then every time a customer calls or ask a Question add it to the spreadsheet together with the answer. These can be updated on a monthly basis or as they appear.

A blog or news section on your site is a natural platform for you to engage with potential customers but also a way to target specific search queries. By understanding what your customers are looking for you can provide this information to their specific query.

So how do you know what users are searching for, how do you tap into this?

You can expand on your FAQs that you are building with either more in depth articles or video content. You can use Google Search Console to see users are searching for, based on content already provided on site. Filter queries with how, what, when, where.

There are quite a few content resources available online, but you can start thinking about your business content from:

  • Create resource lists
  • Break that news story within your industry
  • Case studies, interview clients that use your product / service
  • Visual content
  • Presentations
  • Tech specs
  • Sales info

 

Grow your business by understanding what your customers need.

 

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