Local Businesses and Internet Marketing

There are a lot of businesses on the internet that only do business on the internet. However, there are a growing number of brick and mortar businesses that are now using their websites for more than just an information source. They are using them to increase their business and make online sales.

It is important that these businesses learn how to do local internet marketing. In its simplest form, this means that locally based businesses should include a geo qualifier in their SEO efforts so that they come up for searches that use local qualifiers. An example of this, is would be when someone searched for, “dental offices in Dallas, Texas”. A person who searches for this is not interested in finding a website of a New York dentist. If a dentist in Dallas, Texas has a website and they have “”Dallas, Texas” as part of their page titles, meta descriptions and on the content of the pages on their site, they will do better in results for searches like this.

Another aspect of local internet marketing is to make sure that your business is included in all of the local directories, such as Google Local, Yahoo Local, and Bing Local. These directories are a must to be listed in to help in your local marketing efforts. Also consider locally based directories and other locally based links, such as the chamber of commerce, state sites, and schools.

If you hire a company to do your internet marketing, make sure that they are paying attention to the local aspect of your business. You may even share with them some local sites that you are aware of that they may not come across as easy.