Questions tagged [local-seo]

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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Lighthouse SEO score does not improve when sitemap.xml is expanded

I am currently working on improving my sites SEO score by identifying to Google which pages are canonical, and based on my research and feedback the best and easiest way is to expand our sitemap.xml ...
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Should user-generated-content be noindexed when it appears on localized versions of the site that don't match its language?

I am working on a site with hundreds of thousands of pages in multiple languages. Most of the content is user generated, the problem is that this creates a lot of duplicates. For instance, a German ...
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Is there a way to see "local SERP" traffic in Google Analytics?

Is there a way to see "local SERP" traffic in Google Analytics? Eg. data generated from the Google My Business (GMB) profile on the google SERP page. I'm aware that I can see some simple ...
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Can I use a single page as the canonical of many image galleries that Google has decided not to index to improve rankings?

I am a hobbyist who is building a website to showcase a wedding photographer's portfolio. On the portfolio site, e.g www.example.com/portfolio, all the individual wedding galleries are listed and ...
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GMB Business Merger - How should we handle naming conventions?

I have a client with 6 locations that is merging with another business. What is the best practice for updating the name on their Google Business Profiles in this situation? Our fear is that users will ...
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How do I indicate city level variants of content pages for SEO?

I am developing a service that deals with local city governments. For SEO, I want to have a page for each city that has some unique content for the city government (phone number, address for city hall,...
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Show pickup locations on Google Maps and SERP

Having trouble getting a clear answer to this but wondering how do places like Zipcar get their locations on google maps without having a physical location there? Is this all done organically by ...
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Can I compete with 20 domain authority in a high-paid niche?

I have found a niche in which demand is relatively high for a freelancer, but all top websites have 10-20 domain authority, and I think I can achieve more than that. Considering this niche is related ...
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Should I be more specific when naming my business in Google My Business profile?

I am creating a Google My Business (GMB) Profile and listing my language immersion school on various listings to build my Local SEO with NAP (Name, Address, and Phone number). At first glance, my name ...
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Merge or create new GMB for business merger

We have two sister companies that are merging into one new brand. One is the sales/marketing side, the other is the SaaS side. The sites will be merging into a new site so we wanted to do the same ...
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Google & Apple Maps: area instead of exact location?

Google Maps (for business) has the option to use an area instead of an exact location: https://www.brightlocal.com/learn/how-to-set-up-and-optimize-a-service-area-listing-in-google-my-business/ ...
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How to show same company's different office address in google based on the user's country?

our company has five offices in five countries , once the user search in google, I need to show the office address based on the user's country, for example if the user search from US , I need google ...
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LocalBusiness Schema - difference between @id and @url

We include the localBusiness data across all pages on our ecommerce site. What values should be set for id and url on different pages e.g. example.com/about-us example.com/shop { "@...
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How to use English Keywords for Non-English Content/ Website

Is there a way to use English keywords on a Non-English Website with Non-English content. keeping in view SEO practices such as Title, Headings, Meta Description, etc. It seems Google prefers to ...
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For local SEO, should all target queries include our location?

It's a local restaurant and I need it to narrow down to city-only search results. So instead of targeting keywords like "best Asian restaurants" Do I need to use keyword + target city like &...
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How many areas is reasonable for areaServed schema?

I'm adding some schema to my site and was wondering about the areaServed property. Is this used for SEO in any way? If it is, is it good or bad to cram as much into it as possible? i.e. if I simply ...
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Are Chinese websites unfriendly to Google optimization? Why does my website always fail to rank on Google? [duplicate]

Are Chinese websites unfriendly to Google optimization? Why does my website always fail to rank on Google? my:www.szhtw.com.cn And why many people on this platform want to hack our China, we are also ...
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Duplicate Content Issue - Local SEO [duplicate]

I have a website where we created a unique and informational content and now we want to target same content City wise. So I don't have much to change as just changed the city name for other pages. So ...
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Google Search is displaying French version of my website even though I'm in the U.S

I have a website that has dual language toggle to serve English Canadian and French Canadian. I am based in U.S.A. and when I google my website, the version with the French translation is the one that ...
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hreflang tags implementation not reflecting in Google Search results

My website homepage has 3 versions: one for India (unitedwecare.test/in), one for Canada (unitedwecare.test/ca) and one for rest of world (unitedwecare.test/). All the rest of the pages are the same. ...
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Google's priority on Google My Business Panel vs Structured Data/Knowledge Graph

There are at least two ways for providing rich data about business to Google: Using Google My Business: comes with a convenient web UI and is officially run by Google Using Google Structured Data: ...
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Will it be a high quality backlink when we get backlinks from two subdomains of a same domain?

My question is that will I get high quality backlinks if we get baclinks from two subdomains of a same domain. For example if there are two subdomains of a same domain - https://x.example.com and ...
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Two listings on Google Maps/Business with a single website

A single person runs a business with two very distinct offerings. They would like to present these under the same domain name, but they've already created two different Google business listings. The ...
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How to make localized site discoverable on SERP

I localized my website more than a week ago in the hopes that the corresponding localized version would show up on the SERP. However, only the English version shows up, even though all pages have been ...
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Two Countries, Two Servers, Different Content, Same Domain - possible SEO issue?

So i have a woocommerce setup on AWS that currently provides fulfillment to Country A Now, i want to expand my services to Country B. The site of country A will not not have any common urls from the ...
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Getting Google to Index a new landing page instead the Home page

I have a website where the home page ranks mid page 1 for a key search term. for example "widgets london" which for example indexes www.johndoeengineering.co.uk It is a highly competitive ...
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Link exchange with your competitor

Is it smart to trade links with competitors in the same profession? In my particular case that of relationship therapists? Does it matter whether those competitors come from the same city and / or ...
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Rank for a my name and surname when it's not in the content?

I have a website which has the post of the results of some research I do on a monthly basis. It is basically survey results. My name does not appear in my site, and I want my website appear in Google ...
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Why my website is not showing up when searched for in Google Maps pack in Google Search

I have a client and we've been doing SEO for them since more than the past 6 months now. We're almost getting them on the first page for target keywords. It's a local business and, thus, we're doing ...
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Could Google penalize randomized, owner-generated content or is it good for SEO?

I'm starting my own web design company, and I've partnered with a local business directory that needs a website redesign. The directory owner has connected with a guy who does SEO, and he's created a ...
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How to make my web page geo location enabled?

I am developing a website where businesses will be adding their product and services. I was looking for META tags but found out that Google does not use geolocation Meta Tags. I was wondering whether ...
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How do I manually calculate average session duration?

can anyone help me tell the exact formula of the average session duration where to get from? I'm having trouble finding a manual calculation of the average session duration For example, from the ...
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How to correctly select ccTLD domain for same speaking native language countries?

We know that South America's native-speaking language Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish (Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, etc.). My keyword targeting audience to South American users. I ...
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Problems ranking in different countries for .com TLD

Certain page on my site shows up on the first page of 'google.com' but when I'm searching for the same phrase in google by changing the country in the Google's search settings, it doesn't show up on ...
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Should I add a language code in my HTML if I have just one language?

Should I do this? <!DOCTYPE html> <html lang=en_US> <head> Instead of my current code: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> If I only use just one language (meaning: ...
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Multilingual SEO and Single-page application

I have a website (Single-Page Application) in VueJS, and want to implement localized versions with URLs like these: http://example.com/en http://example.com/de http://example.com/it I'm trying to ...
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Do generic citations impact non local SEO

I periodically provide quotes for content authors that don't provide a backlink to my website. The authors simply reference my name and city, but nothing more. Most of the citation information I ...
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JSON-LD for schema.org markup - what to include and where

I'm trying to take advantage of using JSON-LD for Schema.org markup over Microdata because it seems way easier to implement and to maintain. Also, I've heard that consumers like Google and Bing now ...
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Localization by language without translating

I would like to localize content on a few of my landing pages by making some slight changes to the dynamic content that I show (the website is a marketplace website and the products are very dependent ...
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SEO - tailoring recommendations based on accept-language header

It appears that Google strongly recommends providing a separate URL for content that's fitted to a user's locale: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-locale-aware-geo-language-pages-19780.html ...
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Has there been a change in the calculation of Google My Business statistics

My client has about 6,000 locations in their Google My Business account and monitors their visibility with the statistics download from the location overview. Within those very statistics, we have ...
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Make search engines show related businesses(by name and otherwise), in the search results

So, I manage the website of a restaurant, "ABC". They have recently opened another outlet in a different area. They called it, "ABC Express". Both restaurants have their own Google My Business pages. ...
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Is it OK for SEO to create multiple pages that each use the main keyword but focus on different phrases?

I won't give away my real target keywords here or what it is im trying to rank for. But this example lets say my company provides hairdressing & hairdressing training. example.com/hairdressing ...
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Google Search Console - which domain properties in case of different language folders

I have a website available in 5 languages. domain.com in english domain.com/fr in french domain.com/it in italian and so on and so forth... In GSC, should I add one domain property with domain.com ...
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Is adding my business link to local business directory/listing good or bad for SEO?

I'm wanting to boost search engine rankings for a business website that offers bootcamp fitness classes in a specific area of UK. I'm aware that link building is a great way to improve search engine ...
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Benefits of a local SEO agency? [closed]

I'm managing a website and now actively looking to improve its online visibility by getting some professional help from an external SEO agency. The website I manage is in Danish (Denmark) and local ...
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Business category in domain name [closed]

I have client for a website. He would like to have a domain name that includes his name and the type of business he is running. This client is a freelancer and his registered name is "hisname" for ...
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Suburb for LocalBusiness addresses

I recently improved our local SEO when I realised the critical importance of the suburb, despite the central location of our church in Christchurch, New Zealand. Updated From: 346 Manchester ...
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SEO hreflang multiple domain same language

I'm always a bit confused about hreflang and domain. I have the following in mind. Current situation: examp.eu (english) hreflang="en" examp.be (dutch) hreflang="nl-be" hreflang="nl-nl" Now I ...
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Website not coming in Google local listing? [duplicate]

so i have a website which comes up in Google local listing for the keyword "plastic surgery in mycityname" but does not come up when i enter "plastic surgery mycityname". Notice the missing word "in". ...
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