Local SEO Tips for Small Canadian Businesses

Jeffrey Wagner
March 29, 2017
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If you are a small local business located in a city like Toronto, your target audience are the locals. Therefore, your digital marketing efforts should focus on attracting these local customers. Part of your strategy should include optimising search engine results to capture your unique local audience. Here are several tips on how to go about doing just that:

Get a Local Physical Address

If you haven’t already done so, get a physical address in the area where your target audience is. It will allow you to get listed on Google Maps. Maps, as you may already know, is a very powerful tool that can boost your listing to the top of the search results. Maps listings are also important for becoming hyper visible to smartphone users.

Get Listed on Local Websites and Directories

One of the most effective methods for improving your local SEO efforts is to get listed on all local websites and web directories. Doing so increases your site’s local visibility and also availability. Your business will get indirectly promoted among local by third parties as well. Google does scan through local listings. So, getting listed locally will improve your association with the location in a manner that Google values. Some local listing sources can be obscure. Therefore, it’s recommended to hire a digital marketing agency locally to get full access. For example, if you run a business located in Toronto, you can seek assistance of a provider like Seologist LLC Toronto SEO Company.

Use City or Town Name in the Domain Address

Optimizing the domain name with the name of the town or city where the target audience is located will help you land better search results. For example, if you are located in Toronto, include the name in the domain as in mysitetoronto.com. Use an acronym for the city if one is available, as in NYC for New York City. Google tends to prioritize locally optimised domain addresses for local search results.

Use Hyper Local Keywords

Typically, sites use keywords that directly identify with the business, products or services. In addition, use keywords that identify with the location as well. Such local keywords are important for driving traffic in a certain area. Local keywords are also important for allowing Google to prioritise your site for local search queries.

Include NAP Info on Every Page

Your business’s name, address and phone number (commonly referred to as NAP info) should be included on the homepage. In addition, take the necessary steps to include this information on every page as well. Therefore, you can ensure that all landing pages can show up on local search results.

Strongly Associate Your Website with the Local Area

In marketing material and on your website, write a snippet or two about the local area you are located in. This creates a strong association between your site or business and the location. Not only does this help with your SEO efforts, it’s great for creating a sense of connection with local customers as well. You can include a section about the local area on your site, including information about the part of the city you are located at, nearby interesting sites, sports teams and so on.

Once you have completed the above, you would have immensely boosted your local SEO rankings.

 

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