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Google My Business Page Finder - SEO Consultant, Michael Cottam. This tool uses the Google Places API to return all Google My Business pages that Google thinks might possibly match the business name and zip code you entered (non US postal codes will work as well).

Google My Business Page Finder - SEO Consultant, Michael Cottam

It's useful for figuring out what local business pages are out there in Google that might be duplicates. Tip: you can put the phone number in there in place of the business name and find any other business listings with that phone number. Be warned: this tool is using the Places API's "text search" call, which in my experience returns some listings where I have no clue how Google might have thought there was a match!

But you can visually wade through the results to see the ones you really need to care about. Note that if you specify a postal code, I now use the Geocode API to get the lat/long for that postal code, and restrict the results returned by the Place Search to just locations within 10km (about 7 miles) radius. Citation Building Strategies - The Complete List For Local Businesses. When looking at the Local Search Ranking Factors, citation are one of the most important factors for local businesses to rank and be found online.

Citation Building Strategies - The Complete List For Local Businesses

There are a lot of lists of citation directories and tools to help you find citations ( I personally use WhiteSpark which is an amazing tool). I created this list because when I was looking for citation building strategies I would find a few here & there, but never a complete list. my goal is to create and maintain a complete list of citation building strategies. If you have a strategy that I missed or would like me to elaborate on a specific strategy fully in a blog post let me know in the comments. This list is pretty long and it will get longer as I update it with your additions. I have created a table of contents to make it easier for you to jump ahead to a specific section.

It is common for businesses to support and sponsor events, charities, and local organizations. Sponsor Charity Websites Charity Event Profile. Local Citation Finder - Find & Track Hundreds of Citations - Whitespark. Google Maps, Yelp & Local SEO In 2015. How to Perform the World's Greatest SEO Audit. Every Local SEO Diagnostic You’ll Ever Need to Know (Plus Some) You may be stumped as to why you’re not ranking well (or at all)…but don’t say it’s because you tried everything and just couldn’t figure it out.

Every Local SEO Diagnostic You’ll Ever Need to Know (Plus Some)

You probably didn’t try everything. I can think of 56 diagnostics you should try if you want to troubleshoot local SEO problems or find missed opportunities. I’ll tell you all 56 in a minute. First, a few points about what this post is not: It’s not a list of every tool. It’s not a technical audit (although a few of my suggestions fall into that category). It’s not a tutorial on exactly what to do about what each diagnostic may show you. By the way, this is an evergreen post, so I’ll keep adding diagnostics. Let’s get into it, shall we?

General Google Places Website Citations Links Reviews My 7-point quick checkup …or you can just start right here at the top. General diagnostics Search in an incognito browser window You may see biased results if you’re logged into your Google account or if you haven’t cleared your browser’s cookies in a while. 1. 2. 3. 4. How to Perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit. Every business that competes in a local market and who competes for the display of localized results in SERPs will likely find the need to conduct a local SEO audit at some point.

How to Perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit

Whether you've hired an SEO in the past or not, the best way to beat the competition is to know where you stand and what you need to fix, and then develop a plan to win based on the competitive landscape. While this may seem like a daunting task, the good news is that you can do this for your business or your client using this Ultimate Local SEO audit guide. This guide was created as a complete checklist and will show you what areas you should focus on, what needs to be optimized, and what you need to do to fix any problems you encounter. To make things easier, I have also included many additional resources for further reading on the topics below. In this guide I am going to cover the top areas we review for clients who either want to know how they can improve or the ones that need a local SEO audit. 1. 2. 3.