Here are the things you need to be doing in 2017 if you want your business to rank in the Google Local Business Results.

Optimize Your “Google My Business Page” for your business.

Optimize Your Website for Local SEO: See the graphic below:

Use Local Schema Markup

Local Schema Markup Code – Some Examples

Build Citations

Local SEO Ranking Factors

The Future of Local SEO – The Possum Update 2016

Potential Changes to Local SEO in 2017

Here are some Interesting Facts for you:

The Most Searched Local Queries

Local Search Query Volume by State

Local QueryStateSearch Volume – CPC
thrift storesAlabama[246,000/mo – $2.32]
locksmithsAlaska[368,000/mo – $15.36]
mexican food near meArizona[246,000/mo – $3.93]
walmartArkansas[45,500,000/mo – $0.04]
comic book storesCalifornia[60,500/mo – $1.24]
nail salonsColorado[450,000/mo – $2.44]
nail spaConnecticut[33,100/mo – $1.25]
bank near meDC[110,000/mo – $8.11]
floristsDelaware[165,000/mo – $3.63]
barber near meFlorida[49,500/mo – $4.32]
chick fil a near meGeorgia[246,000/mo – $9.04]
massageHawaii[1,220,000/mo – $1.23]
drive in theaterIdaho[74,000/mo – $1.80]
walgreens near meIllinois[823,000/mo – $0.80]
games for saleIndiana[2,400/mo – $0.88]
chiropractorIowa[450,000/mo – $6.65]
kansas city royals gearKansas[720/mo – $0.93]
plumbersKentucky[301,000/mo – $19.90]
seafoodLouisiana[135,000/mo – $2.34]
lobster near meMaine[30/mo – $0.00]
jewelry storeMaryland[165,000/mo – $2.86]
yogaMassachusetts[1,220,000/mo – $1.01]
doctor near meMichigan[9,900/mo – $5.18]
urgent care clinicMinnesota[27,100/mo – $7.22]
pawn shopsMississippi[550,000/mo – $3.63]
party supply storesMissouri[33,100/mo – $0.91]
office suppliesMontana[110,000/mo – $3.87]
zooNebraska[1,500,000/mo – $0.43]
steakhouseNevada[201,000/mo – $2.35]
cash for goldNew Hampshire[27,100/mo – $7.01]
gyms near meNew Jersey[201,000/mo – $3.50]
burritoNew Mexico[368,000/mo – $0.75]
chinese food near meNew York[1,000,000/mo – $2.78]
child custody lawyersNorth Carolina[8,100/mo – $14.59]
dentists near meNorth Dakota[246,000/mo – $8.17]
hospitalsOhio[673,000/mo – $2.28]
casinos near meOklahoma[135,000/mo – $2.54]
landscape servicesOregon[8,100/mo – $5.27]
contractors near mePennsylvania[3,600/mo – $5.94]
liquor storesRhode Island[673,000/mo – $2.18]
family doctors near meSouth Carolina[9,900/mo – $4.39]
mechanics near meSouth Dakota[60,500/mo – $5.06]
divorce lawyersTennessee[60,500/mo – $20.38]
delivery near meTexas[450,000/mo – $2.51]
craft storeUtah[60,500/mo – $1.10]
ski shopVermont[14,800/mo – $0.71]
civil war museumVirginia[2,900/mo – $1.68]
coffee near meWashington[165,000/mo – $5.29]
pharmaciesWest Virginia[550,000/mo – $0.50]
goodwill storeWisconsin[40,500/mo – $1.68]
groomersWyoming[27,100/mo – $0.27]

 

What Do People Search for Locally?

Most Local Searches are made on a Mobile Device or Tablet

People Search for Information Locally before buying

People Like to Shop within 5 Miles of there home!

 

Okay you see how to optimize Local Search now, how about more general SEO?

Here are the Google Search Ranking Factors as published by “Search Metrics”

SEO Ranking Factor – Content

SEO Ranking Factor – User Signals

SEO Ranking Factor – Technical

SEO Ranking Factor – User Experience

SEO Ranking Factor – Social Signals

SEO Ranking Factor – Backlinks

 

I hope this help you in 2017 rank in Google.

 

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