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    Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Hey, another question from me! I saw this tip from a reputable SEO company and wondered if it was a recommended tactic when setting up a G+ local biz page

    Thanks guys - love this forum FYI


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    The workaround: when asked for the URL of your site when setting up your Google+ Local profile, enter your “About Us” URL or even your “Contact Us” page URL.
    If the organic URL is different to the local URL – both can rank."

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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    I usually don't do that because the "contact us" page typically doesn't have a whole lot of content on it. I recommend the other way around - list the homepage with the local listing and create subpages for each location you serve/want to rank in and try and get the location pages to rank for geotargted keywords.
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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Perfect, thanks for that :-)

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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Eric is right because about us and contact us are not usually well optimized.

    You can do the same thing he mentioned with KW optimized pages.

    Link Place page to home because that's normally the page that's easiest, best to rank.
    Then create a page named drjohn.com/citydentist.html and optimize that one for organic.
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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Eric is right because about us and contact us are not usually well optimized.

    You can do the same thing he mentioned with KW optimized pages.

    Link Place page to home because that's normally the page that's easiest, best to rank.
    Then create a page named drjohn.com/citydentist.html and optimize that one for organic.

    I believe I learned that tactic from this forum months ago when I first became a member here Sharing knowledge - A huge reason why this is such a great place to be
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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by EsR View Post
    I believe I learned that tactic from this forum months ago when I first became a member here Sharing knowledge - A huge reason why this is such a great place to be
    Thanks Eric - sharing is what we are all about.

    And comments like that are why we keep doing what we do Eric!
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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Thanks for the great advice guys.

    One more question to extend on this, kinda...

    If the keyword the homepage is targeting doesn't trigger the local pack results, would you....

    1. Change the keyword the homepage is targeting (depending on current rankings)

    2. Create an internal page, targeting a pack generating query and then link to that from the +local page?

    Appreciate your thoughts and advice

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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Tweak the content on the page. Since the blended rankings pull a lot of power from organic strength, it would be better in the long run to change the homepage content a little.
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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Ok, thanks for the reply.

    Have you guys seen Dr Petes recent post on Moz about the local results - How Does Google Count Local Results? - Moz


    going back to the first point I made on this post

    "adding a link to an internal page from your +local page"

    looking at the post from Dr Pete, it highlights that essentially the local results below the blended results in this image (L1, L2 & L3) are there purely on the merit of their location/local seo as to be expected.
    So, what I'm wondering is...does this provide a case for adding in an internal link to your local + page and also optimising your homepage for a similar query to get the 2 rankings on page one (given you operate from a single location) as your homepage will inherently be a stronger page / easier to rank in organic?

    Just thinking outloud as I'm currently working solo with no one to brainstorm with

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    Re: Is this a recommended Google + local tactic?

    Darren thanks for the link to Pete's post. It supports or is a different way of doing local algo analysis - but similar to what I showed a couple days ago. I show a much easier way to do it here and it explains why some listings rank on top of the pack.

    How the Google Local Algo Really Works - What Rules the Ranking Order
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