Local Search Engine Optimization (local SEO) is a process of improving discoverability and visibility of web pages at a town, city or regional level, within location-based search functions (e.g. "results near me").

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What is the SEO-recommended method for using underscores and dashes in URLs that contain geographic locations?

In reading through this article: In Subfolder & File Names, Use Dashes, Not Underscores Good: Good: http://www.domain.com/sub-folder/file-name.htm Bad: ...
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Will Duplicate Websites Hurt Local SEO?

So, lets say I do marketing for Unicorn Vendors. There are unicorn vendors in every city in the US. I'm tasked with creating websites for my clients. Will it hurt my local SEO rankings if I make a ...
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How to appear on the new local search carousel?

Google have rolled out a new layout for local search — a carousel: This is similar in appearance to the "frequently mentioned on the web" results which are based on Google's knowledge graph ...
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Google+ page and Google+ local page for a business cound as duplicate listings?

I've got a Google+ page for a business; this business also has a Google+ local page (Google Places). I was wondering if this was hindering our local SEO efforts by giving us duplicate listings? Does ...
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What Does Local SEO Consist of and How Does it Differ From Website SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Local SEO Strategies What does most local SEO services consist of? So far here's what I got: Add company to Google Places, Yahoo Local, Bing Local and a bunch of other ...
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City Name + Service Name Order in URL and Title Tag

Is there data to show (or a post that suggests) the optimal order of using both city name and service name in a local business web page URL and Title Tag? (I.E. Has one of the following been shown to ...
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Can I use canonical or alternate URLs such that there is SEO benefit to both sites with duplicate local content?

My company manages a network of local websites, all of which run on separate subdomains. Each subdomain represents a different locality (eg brooklyn.example.com, queens.example.com). Often, we have ...
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Using Scheme Markup for Company Reviews

this is my first post in here, i was hoping someone would be able to help me out a little. I'm trying to get my head around using Schema markup for a company website to show their reviews of the ...
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Are name, address, and phone number important SEO signals for a SaaS business website?

Knowing that NAP (name, address, and phone) are important search engine optimizations for local businesses that are city specific, e.g. plumbers, lawyers etc. Is NAP still useful to a software as a ...
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Will multiple url's pointing to slightly different content rank poorly with search engines

Background We currently have a site that displays information about our products, the product is known by a different name and has different branding in different states within the same country. This ...
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Is buying a localized domain and redirecting it to my main site a good idea for SEO? [duplicate]

I want to set up a couple of URLs to point to my main site. For example, if I were an SEO expert in London, would it be a good idea to buy the domain seo-expert-london.com (which would then redirect ...
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How does 2 domains on dedicated IP's sharing the same backend affect the ranking?

I have two Domains, both with dedicated IP's, with a service acting location based. The two domain-names have simple to remember name-pattern going like ##servicedescription##france.com and ...
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Impact of using a CDN Proxy (like Incapsula or Cloudlfare) with numerous websites

We have a network of something like 70 websites. We have one IP by website for SEO reason. We are planning to move to CDN service like Cloudflare, Incapsula or Google PageSpeed Service to speed up our ...
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Google local search rankings is it possible without the use of citations

I have a client that is wanting a website design for his self-run business... Basically he is a self employed plumber so his home address is not visitable by the public, however the problem here is ...
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How to handle possible duplicate content across multiple sites?

Let's say I have two sites that cover the same vertical/topic. one in the USA and one in Canada. Both sites have local-related content, which is obviously unique by location. However they will share ...
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Pointing .com and .ca domain names [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Google penalize .me or .tv sites? I have a .com and .ca domain extensions for my business. I have heard that it's better to have .ca for SEO as my business ...
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How do you feed reviews to Google places page for businesses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to provide Google reviews information? Check out this google places page as an example: ...
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Do premium domain names help us with other languages too?

It's commonly known that premium domains with one or two relevant keywords may help us improve our rankings in SERPS. But would it be possible that an english premium domain, for example gold.com ...
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“Search Friendly” domain names

We bought a few search friendly domain names for the CPA site that I manage. Each of the domains we bought has the name of a nearby city and the word cpa in front of, or behind the city name. The ...
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What is the Ideal Keyword Placement in a URL for Inner Location Pages? [duplicate]

I'm working on a website with 100s of locations. There is a location search page (Find Widget Dealer), a page for each state (Tennessee Widget Dealers) and finally a page for each individual location ...
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Apple Maps business data - what sources and refresh rate?

I need to update/manage business data for 600+ locations in Apple Maps. I've read from various sources that Yelp appears to be the primary source of Apple Maps' data. How frequently does Apple ...
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LocalBusiness Rich Snippet vs Organization Rich Snippet

I need a clear explanation on the difference between the LocalBusiness Rich Snippet and the Organization Rich Snippet. Is it ok to put both snippets in one site? When is it best to use each of these ...
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SEO for multiple counties and cities [duplicate]

I wanted to know the best practices for improving our SEO for service areas. We have a central office but cover all of Northern Virginia for our Web Design services and are currently only ranking in ...
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SEO and location targeting , sub-domain or sub-directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Subdomain versus subdirectory With regards to say a national service that has locations based in 10 cities. Each city needs to have individual content, such as blogs, ...
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What are the best practices for Nationalized SEO? [closed]

I am working on Internet marketing for one of the Website designing & development company in India which is located in Mumbai. So the website is performing quite well in local search places or up ...
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300, 302, 303 or 307 redirect for international site?

A company website offers the same products and pages (more or less) across different countries. It's a mess; they use a mix of subdirectories, subdomains and ccTLDs for international sites: ...
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Targeting Multiple Zones in the US best URL method required

This is kind of a newbie question, but my boss asked me and I wasn't sure exactly how to answer. Id like to get some opinions from others that have hit this issue before. Scenario: We are wanting to ...
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Should I add a town's name to a business name to improve local search results?

I find that companies that have a location's name in their business name tend to do well in local searches. I do not live in Timbukto, but I will use it as an example. A search for "shoe shop in ...
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Schema.org in a directory website

Is it possible to introduce Schema.org markup (using JSON-LD) in a directory website? My website shows restaurants from a region, but the restaurants are not mine. I'm thinking to introduce address, ...
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Purchasing expired domain relevant to business

I have a competitor (restaurant) that shows up very high in the local listings on Google and that has a lot of links from other local websites. It went out of business and the domain-name is now out ...
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Google Search position changes if i include state as well as city

When i search for my site on google, its placement changes based on whether i include the city and state of my business or if just include the city, When i just put in 'guitar lessons manhattan ...
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To get sitelinks, should my site blog use the same navigational menu as the rest of the site? [duplicate]

My company's website ranks highly for many relevant queries, and it ranks #1 for an exact domain match. So, that's going well. But for some reason, I can't seem to get Google sitelinks in the SERP. ...
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How to identify and redirect visitors based on location?

The domain originally is in .sg (Reg. 2010) but since we wanted to reach global audience we have the .com (Parked Domain - Registered 2013). So we have two existing domains. The only problems is, ...
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Business operates in multiple counties, will adding a listing in the Local Business sites harm our placement in SERPs?

I work at a non-profit where we operate in more than two counties within our state. Our offices are located in two different towns, and that leaves a few counties of operation where we would also ...
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Can opening hours schema markup be used with the markup for local businesses or libraries?

Can the OpeningHours mark-up visible in this question for schema.org/Store (example 2) with microdata be used in conjunction with schema.org/LocalBusiness or schema.org/Library?
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Google local version does not display content in local language

We have the website www.visitgozo.com and would like to ask if there is a way where you can instruct Google (and other search engines) that when for example searching for 'gozo' in a local version of ...
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How do I make a website totally untrackable back to me, Anonymous? [closed]

I need to create a website that is totally untraceable back to me, even from the police. The reason is that there is some shady behavior by the police and I am afraid of any reactions from them toward ...
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Is it better to have multiple domains for cities or one single TLD?

I make websites for small businesses, and for some reason business owners love to have several domains with the same website but the TLD containing the city name. For example: smallbizname.com ...
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SEO tools to determine audience size for search phrases [closed]

Are there any tools available that can indicate the search volume for a given set of phrases/keywords for a given location? For example, if I had a local pizza website that served only Manhattan and ...
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I updated my On page work,But i didnt get proper result? [duplicate]

Could you sugges me what is the current technique to be follow in SEO.Anyone help me?
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Which are the priority online mediums for local businesses? Is Google Adwords appropriate for Local Business marketing?

We received a promotion offer from Google Adwords to tempt us to try the AdWords service (spend at least 25 in the next few months and get 75 credit). But this is a small local business that is only ...
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How often does Locu push their data to Yelp and other providers?

I'm not generally a fan of GoDaddy products, but I may end up having to recommend their "Get Found" product to a client. GoDaddy have recently gobbled up Locu and are now the source of menu data for ...
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SEO impact of identical reviews?

If a 5-star review is posted on both Google Local and Yelp (identical review text), does it affect the SEO in a negative way (duplicate content or anything else I may not be thinking of)? Or is it a ...
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SEO for Gallery-Intensive Web Site [duplicate]

My 10 years old web site is about niche content(cinema) news gallery. (its a news site; but %90 of pageviews are from galleries) and i'm getting photographs from news agencies and public relation ...
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URL strategy for local business and multilingual website [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the best structure for a local business service that has a multilingual website. Actually, the website has a simple structure: www.brand.com/fr/ www.brand.com/en/ I'm considering ...
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Consequences of not including locality in URL structure

We have medical providers listed on a website. The providers can list multiple business locations, and may change their business location at anytime. I have thought a lot about the URL structure, ...
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Changing URL Structure for User Profiles [duplicate]

I am considering changing my current URL structure from the following: http://www.hearingtracker.com/hearing-providers/dummy-name to a regionalized format like: ...
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In SEO & SEM terms, use of a international domain vs a local domain

In terms of SEO & SEM if I have a .com and a .co.uk. Would it be better to use the .com and park the .co.uk, If I am selling the product locally (in the uk) and later moving out into the ...
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Generating Back lInks [duplicate]

I am new to this field of SEO. My site is intended to target local customers only. I want to generate quality backlinks for my site. Is there any tools to generate quality backlinks. Or blog sites ...
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International search: how to show different domains in Google+ Local?

Background A site has multiple ccTLDs: example.com/miami-hotel for people in the US, example.co.uk/miami-hotel for UK users, example.de/miami-hotel for Germany, example.fr/miami-hotel for France, ...