Local SEO is all about optimising your website so that it ranks better for local audiences and in Google (and Bing) Maps listings, and it is doubly important for recruitment agencies, as job hunting is primarily location-based. This means that most people tend to look for jobs online within their local area - even if they don’t explicitly include a location in their search term.
If you can master local SEO, you’ll be able to give your business the competitive edge, help it stand out from the crowd, and, ultimately, generate more revenue.
In this blog, we’ll walk you through the key components to consider if you want to optimise your website to improve its ranking for local search terms.
#1. TELL GOOGLE WHERE YOU ARE
This might sound simple, but letting Google know where you are, or where your office(s) is located, is the building block to a successful local SEO campaign.
But what does this mean in practical terms? Your first port of call should be to add the Schema markup for a local business to your website. Schema is a means of adding structured data to the code on your website so that search engines can better understand the different pieces of your business’s information, such as your address, your opening hours, your phone number and even your job listings.
You should also set up a Google My Business (GMB) listing, providing Google with all the relevant local information about each office so that you can appear in the Maps listings.
#2. N.A.P. (NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER)
Consistency is important to Google. There are a lot of businesses with similar names in the same locale, so for Google to be certain that all mentions of your business - in GMB, local associations, directories, such as Yelp, etc. - relate to you, the brand name, the address and the phone number all need to be consistent.
So, for example, I-COM cannot go by I-COM Marketing on Yelp and I-COM Web Development in Google My Business and then just I-COM in our listing with Onrec. It’s just I-COM. Everywhere. You need to ensure it’s the same for your business.
Along the same lines, you have to use the same phone number that’s on your website that you use when you list your business elsewhere on the web. And if you’ve ever moved offices and not bothered to change old listings, now is the time to do it.
#3. INDEPENDENT THIRD-PARTY REVIEWS
Third-party reviews are hugely important for local SEO, perhaps more so than for businesses that aren’t based in a specific location. Google shows local results even if the search query doesn’t include a specific location, and reviews can help point Google to the nearest, most relevant and most positively reviewed results.
Third-party review sites range from the general - TripAdvisor, TrustPilot and Reviews.co.uk - to the more niche or industry-specific sites such as Glassdoor and indeed.
Due to this, it’s important to encourage happy clients and customers to leave a positive review after a successful experience with your company. It is equally important to keep an eye out for any negative reviews and address them accordingly (find out more about what to do in this instance here).
Are you keeping an eye on your meta titles and descriptions? A super simple way to optimise for local search rankings is to include your location - or the location you’re trying to target - in your meta title.
So your listing in search engines should look a little something like: