Thursday, August 11, 2016

What's Old is New

In case it wasn’t clear already, links dominated the quantitative analysis of local SEO ranking factors. When it comes to Local SEO in 2016, if you are not invested in links and your website, and instead focus predominantly on traditional Local SEO areas like Google My Business and citations then you are going to be at a competitive disadvantage. This may seem obvious to many Local SEOs, but when trying to justify large budgets the anecdotal evidence of a Local SEO practitioner won’t always get the check cut. We have been there, and so likely have you.
Now don’t misunderstand, in markets and verticals with less competition you can likely do fine with just the basics… For now. However, given this study it seems like Google is working on expanding the scope of what it takes to rank in local search.