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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Should I focus on a Location Page or Landing Page for SEO efforts?

I am a franchisee with a location page (http://example.com/locations/florida/south-brandon) but since it isn't mobile friendly and lacks a good CTA, I created a landing page for AdWords (http://www....
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Does changing phone numbers in content just for bots qualify as cloaking?

I'm a small business owner (I run a little computer repair shop), and I'm attempting to track calls to my store from different advertising channels. I use three separate tracking phone numbers: one ...
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How can I remove duplicate SERP results for same domain?

When I search "example business near zip code" in Google, I get the following separate, distinct results for the domain: www.example.com/ny/new-york/10019 www.example.com/ny/new-york/10019/?start=10&...
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Multiple keywords sites for local SEO

I found the answer to this question from a few years ago, but a lot has changed with Google since then. Would a technique with the one described here still work? Given that the small sites are more ...
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Phone number in meta description bad or good for local rankings NAP

Once again I'm at it with increasing people's local rankings and I've learnt so much about local rankings in the past 2 weeks it feels like my brain is gonna pop anyway, question is fairly simple for ...
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How to maintain and optimize SEO for multiple store locations with individual websites as subdirectories from a main landing page?

My question is how to maintain and optimize SEO when moving a site from the domain root to a subfolder, creating a second parallel subfolder, and having the domain root be a landing page that allows ...
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Ranking websites in Bing & Yahoo search engines [duplicate]

I'm finding it extremely difficult to rank websites on Bing and Yahoo. When a website ranks well on Google, why is it finding difficulties on Yahoo and Bing? Although the algorithms are different, I ...
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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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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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Google Places seo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What determines the order of results for Google Places? I'm familiar with SEO and getting higher Google listings but for allot of services Google has recently been making ...
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Shall I use both .com and a localised domain or Shall I use .com only?

I have a classified website and Now its running on the internet fine. It has a .com domain. In there users can put advertisments to any location by selecting the country and city. So I also bought a ...
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Does country blocking affect SEO?

I was getting frequent attack on my website from overseas countries when it started becoming popular in SEO. As my business is totally based in Australia, I thought it would be better to block all ...
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What hreflang value, should I use for country selectors?

So our website supports 3 different languages (RU, EN and LT), <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/" hreflang="lt" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://en.example.com/" hreflang="...
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is it good to translate my competitor website's post?

my website Alxa rank into my own country is 24000 and my competitor website is 34. me and my competitor both translate the foreign post. i really don't know what kind of post should i have to ...
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Should NAP include a postal code?

When someone writes NAPs (that is, Name, Address, Phone), should it also write postal code in the Address row? On the way, you might want to share with the community how YOU write NAPs and if you ...
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domain name affect seo? [duplicate]

Does domain name affect seo ,, what if I have only 1 keyword in domain name ,, or no keyword in domain name ,,, a want to start a tech blog , is having "bit' in domain name good/OK? Its not gonna be ...
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Duplicate content in Top Level Domain and country specific website

I have myproduct.com which is my master product page. For UK I also own myproduct.co.uk which is a copy of myproduct.com with some localized content: landing page, promotions, prices, and specific ...
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Country specific content vs global content

I have a global product presentation website myproduct.com For certain countries I also own the country domain: myproduct.co.uk, myproduct.com.au, myproduct.es, myproduct.de, etc. The presentation ...
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Assign subdomains to separate ports on web server

I have set up an Abyss web server as a little experiment, and I want to know if it is possible to assign subdomains to different ports on the machine the web server is running on. I have a couple web ...
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What process do you use to determine the “why” of web searchers goal for your “transactional keywords”?

SEO starts with the intentions of the person using the search engine. What ever the web searcher intended to gain from typing their search keyword/phrase into google will help you understand what ...
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How to tell Google to rank a child page of similar content higher than parent

I have created a fleet of location based sub-pages. These are sub-pages of a given category. The category pages rank really well and even out-rank the new location based pages for their given keywords....
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Google structured data and images

I display my business's contact details on my website by using an image of my contact-card. Now I do want to mark up the data by using schema.org, so I did that by the schema creator tool, pasted it ...
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City specific result in google for searches from different city for generic keyword?

Is is possible to configure my website to show different content in search result for the user from same google domain but from different cities? When I search in google.co.in from my city Chennai for ...
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Dedicated IPs for each ccTLD

We are about to launch our web site in 3 languages: German .de, French .fr and Spanish .es All ccTLDs point to one server with one IP address. When I set the PTR record for this IP I can only input ...
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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: http://www.domain.com/...
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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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How should I make my website rank for multiple cities?

I'm building a website for my client's hospice center. Right now, she wants to have a landing page for each city that the hospice serves, but for the content on those pages to be identical (like, ...
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How to target a website to a non-English country?

I want my website to target a non-English speaking country. I believe that I need to modify something other than the page itself. I don't speak the language that I want to target. When I used Google ...
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Site rankings differ by state?

I have a friend who owns a business in CA whereas I'm in NH. I was excited to inform him that when I search for sacramento web design he appears on the first page rank 3. For him, in CA, the same ...
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International Targeting SEO - hreflang

How do I properly put hreflang tags? I would like to target 3 different languages not just English. example.com/de example.com/fr example.com/it And my main website example.com is in English and ...
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Is having a different domain per state in Brazil a good SEO strategy?

Being short: Having one domain per state (country's states. Brazil in this case) on the same ccTLD and redirecting users to the localized website, all of them possibly but not necessarily linking back ...
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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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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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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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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 targets ...
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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: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&sugexp=erf1&pq=virginia+honda+&...
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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 (no,...
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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 ...