2 Locations | Site Structure | Local Business

Javed Jat

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Hello Forum Members,

I have a local business which has 2 business locations, I am looking forward for opinions on site structure setups.
  • Create a single website and manage with location pages
  • Create subdirectory for each location and manage content below it (internal microsite or mirror sites)
i.e www.example.com/edmonton/personal-injury/
www.example.com/calgary/personal-injury/

I did like to understand the pros and cons of each in regards to how Google understands it and how much is it manageable.

Thanks
Javed
 

Jerem

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Hello Javed, what did you do finally ? I asked a similar question on my last thread but no one seems to have the answer.
 

carolyn2

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Javed - hello. Not sure why no one has responded. Here's my two cents.

I would not do subdomains - you're then maintaining two different sites - so your efforts of building authority are split and sometimes it's hard to keep them equal. There's a lot of wisdom in building one site (subfolders), one brand and using schema to "explain" that you have two (2) locations to google. I assume you have two separate GMBs. I'd put the home URL in the main URL info section and put the location URL (see below) in the appointment URL

I concur with your proposed URL structure:
domain.com/edmonton/personal-injury
domain.com/calgary/personal-injury

And mirror your GMB services on your website - as best you can - don't be more precise on your GMBs as you are on your site.

Good luck!
Carolyn
 

Jerem

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Javed - hello. Not sure why no one has responded. Here's my two cents.

I would not do subdomains - you're then maintaining two different sites - so your efforts of building authority are split and sometimes it's hard to keep them equal. There's a lot of wisdom in building one site (subfolders), one brand and using schema to "explain" that you have two (2) locations to google. I assume you have two separate GMBs. I'd put the home URL in the main URL info section and put the location URL (see below) in the appointment URL

I concur with your proposed URL structure:
domain.com/edmonton/personal-injury
domain.com/calgary/personal-injury

And mirror your GMB services on your website - as best you can - don't be more precise on your GMBs as you are on your site.

Good luck!
Carolyn
Thanks you for your reply Carolyn.

Finally, I chose the url structure with the city as paren pages : "domain.com/edmonton/personal-injury "

I think it's interesting because if we have different GMB categories for the same location, we can then add new pages while keeping the same parent page.

Do you think it's fine to let the parent page empty ? (Edmonton in this example)
 

carolyn2

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Glad you were able to pick one you would work with. As for leaving the parent page empty - no. One way to handle it would be to fill it with local details so it's relevant to the location - you can figure out what works best for you. I might even consider doing a contextual inner link to the personal-injury page.
 

Jerem

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Would you have by any chance examples of multiple location business websites using this same structure ?

Concerning the parent page, I'm really not sure about the content. What would we use as Title Tag / H1 / H2 ?

When you say filling the page by local details, you mean by that we should write about the town?
 

Jerem

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Also, would you add schema markup of the location in the parent page as well ?
 

carolyn2

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Jerem - so many questions! :)

Yes - for your city page - write about the city - make sure to make it clear which city -

Home page - I would optimize for brand. Local business schema

Location pages - include local schema for area served

Service pages - schema for service provided

Hope this helps and is clear on what you need to do.
 

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