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7 Tips To Rank Higher On Google Local Listings

The time when you were easily able to outrank the top businesses through using a site with just three pages of information and a number of back links is over now. With cut throat competition and new avenues opening up to be at the top rankings, you need to go with the changing trends.

Here we discuss the best ways/tips through which you can rank high on the Google local listings. But make sure you follow these tips carefully.

Google+ Local that was earlier called Google Places now favor the small firms and businesses even without having huge sites. This simply means that even your small business has the chance to rank higher in the Google + Local even when you do not have a very high quality site. So, how to go about it?

1) Add complete details

First and foremost, ensure that you fill in all the profile/business details. You may skip adding some parts thinking that they might not be crucial but research shows that having hundred percent profile completeness serves to be a very important factor. Do not forget that the clients and customers will see your profile on Google+ local listing and whatever you add needs to be appealing and relevant.

Then, you need to move a step further and verify the listing to ensure that the information is all correct. If there are 2 or more locations or contact numbers listed for a single business, Google will indeed discredit it. So, keep in mind to make one listing for one business or according to the physical location.

2) Use images to the best effect

Moving further, you need to know that Google+ Local offers you the chance to upload many images on your business page. You can easily upload important images to the authority photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket etc. Add the company name, site, physical address, contact number and more to the description. There are some sites that even offer the support for geo tagging, add the longitude and latitude of the business to every picture. Doing this will help Google to grab some of your off-website pictures as well, automatically adding the same to the Google+ Local page.

3) Add business coupon

A number of people are not aware of how adding a business coupon to the local listing can be of great help. You need to understand that nothing gets more traffic than an amazing coupon. Make your customers see the value in your business through the coupons you provide.

4) Reviews are of real help

You need to further understand the importance of real time reviews when it comes to getting higher rankings on the Google local listings. Get as many real reviews as you can. User reviews have indeed become a necessity now. Reviews can be both positive and a little negative.  As you do not have control over what other people have to say about your company, let them write what they feel and this will be a true test for you.

5) Reviews on third party websites

Get reviews on the third party websites. This is important because Google reads reviews that are posted on Trip Advisor, Yellow Pages and more and can thus add them to the business’s local page. For the best results, you need to focus on the industry or niche specific directories and local review websites.

6) Google maps

You can also create landing pages on your business site with direct link to the Google map listing. Make certain that you provide this link to the favorite or loyal customers who might write reviews and testimonials about your company. Never write any fake reviews. A large amount of positive reviews will surely be of great help in achieving higher rankings on the Google Maps as well.

7) Add keywords in listing descriptions

The Google Maps description needs to be crisp and short so make sure that you include the important keywords into it. Rather than writing that we offer great accommodation facility with spa, go ahead with something such as “Amazing Indiana Beach resort with spa”.

Using the above mentioned techniques and tips will help you a great deal to rank high on the Google local listings. If you have faced some sort of penalty, do not worry. Through correcting the listing or by working properly, you can get your campaign back on track, thereby letting you recover the Google local listings presence in no time.

Ankit Pandey is the proud Founder of SEO Company SeoEaze.com operating Since 2008. SEOEaze is a professional Internet Marketing Company serving its clients since the establishment. Ankit works as an SEO Consultant for Companies and help them grow their business.


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  • Harsh February 23, 2014, 7:29 am

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    Excellent data that you simply discussed here.

    Give thanks to to your work.

  • Mark November 25, 2013, 2:33 am

    Google+ is a famous place to promote blog posts. m trying to get high rank in Google. Hope this article will help me.

  • Manpreet November 9, 2013, 9:15 am

    Google Local Listing SEO is the most difficult thing. The points you mentioned in the post are really good ones. If someone follow the way you told will surely get success.

  • Adam Dukes
    October 25, 2013, 9:20 pm

    What I have found that works best is getting listed in as many directories as possible, all consistent information and links from local sites. I’ve ranked for competitive niches (personal injury, dentist, etc). websites were very well optimized and had a high PR as well though.
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  • Kishore October 23, 2013, 10:11 am

    Really a great article. Even I want to add my voice to your sentence “Is anyone at Google Local / Google Maps / Google Places listening?!?”

    Google listings of some of my clients have been compromised and we don’y know the exact problem, although we are following all the guidelines. We don’t know what to do exactly. As you mentioned there is no support available for Google places just like GWT. This leaves us with nothing but frustration and confusion.

    I hope we will have a solution for this in future from Google.
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    • Adam Dukes
      October 25, 2013, 11:00 pm

      I am dealing with an issue right now and it’s been so frustrating. For some reason, the address changed on my client’s listing about a month ago. I changed it back (to the correct address) and the listing is in the “pending” status for 4 weeks now.

      I have emailed support and from what I have found online, all 23 (22 – 5 stars & 1 – 4 star reviews) of our reviews will be wiped out. Needless to say, my client is not happy. Another reason why I prefer social over SEO as you have more control (building an email list).
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  • Geet October 10, 2013, 11:57 pm

    Seems Google Plus is vital element of SE Rank now. I’m struggling to get high on Google. Hope following your article will help.

  • Abhay September 29, 2013, 12:59 am

    AM seeing many business listed on google maps and when i talked to them they said it is helping them so i think getting listed on Google maps can help.

  • Joe Hart September 27, 2013, 4:53 am

    Thanks for sharing this Ankit.Very valuable tips.A top position in Local listings is quint-essential thesedays.

  • Sophorn September 11, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Another great way is to get business citations by adding your business address in the Author box on all articles that you distribute.

  • Arindam August 30, 2013, 7:00 am

    Hey Ankit,
    All seven tips are most important. I think your second point “Use images to the best effect” is vital for getting good rank on local listing. Thanks for sharing this informative article!!

  • Harman August 27, 2013, 4:02 am

    Thanks Ankit,
    No i can also help my dad grab online business. :)
    Thanks a lots

  • suryabhan August 20, 2013, 8:05 am


    nicely written i like all the tips and really i m gonna use your tips for in my further article so thanks for such post

  • Dhams August 19, 2013, 7:18 am

    this was something new that using g+ information we can get better rank.. thanks for informative steps.. though i am not running any business yet but will surely keep them updated for my blog

  • Mohideen August 15, 2013, 10:28 am

    Hey local listing also most needed one for all business people as like getting listed on Google maps,getting reviews on top sites will make you reach the audience and hence got some hints from your post too
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  • Himadri
    August 13, 2013, 1:34 pm

    The points you mentioned in the post are really good ones. If someone follow the way you told will surely get success.
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  • john August 10, 2013, 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the Great post on Ranking better on Google Maps. It is so important to rank on local maps!

  • Shathyan Raja August 8, 2013, 8:56 am

    As a Good SEO part, now a days every business has been listed in Google Local so that in rank well for local search. And also listing here gives them a brand and reputation online when a common man searches in Google..
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  • Abhijith August 8, 2013, 8:30 am

    Thanks for the post. Was really helpful. I’m struggling to get high on google. Hope following your article will help.

  • Soumya August 8, 2013, 7:52 am

    Google+ has really become a great place to promote blogs and I am still waiting for author rank which will surely have a boost on many blogs !

  • Chris August 8, 2013, 5:39 am

    Citations are vital and to ensure that all of the information matches Google Local.

  • Ankit Pandey August 7, 2013, 10:14 pm

    Thanks all for appreciating my article.

  • Maddy August 7, 2013, 11:38 am

    Adding your business address on the homepage and also a contact number can help Google to consider your blog for local listing. Also I have heard that html Lang tag defining your blog’s language can also help you to get listed locally.

  • Gautam August 6, 2013, 11:28 am

    Really great bro and this Can really help local firms and new sites.Google + is really a good place to promote now and As i am hearing about author rank it will Rally Help.Your points are awesome but are more for any Commercial site.

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