How to grow your local Parkland Business with Seo

We are always trying to find more ways to get people to see what we offer for sale or service. Learning how to do this one thing will help your Google Maps presence grow in Parkland using a little bit of seo.

So it doesnt matter if your business is located at home or in a commercial building you should always have a Google Maps address associated with your website.

Just merely connecting your website with Google maps is a huge ranking signal and will help you get noticed. Now time for the next step. Add pictures.

Thats right one of the biggest secrets is adding pictures to your Google Maps Listing and connecting it to your exsisting website. These two things will add exposure for your listing.

How to Parkland Seo

Check out this write up from Google:

Add local business photos


Photos help people find your business across Google, including on Search and Maps. These photos come from both businesses themselves and their customers. Add your own business photos to showcase your products and services to people who are looking for what you offer.

Add photos

Once you’ve selected the photos you want to add to your Google My Business listing, make sure that they’re in either JPG or PNG format and are the right size. Then, follow the instructions below to upload them to your listing.

Types of photos

There are several types of photos you can add to your business listing:

  • Profile photo: Help your customers recognize your business on Google.
  • Cover photo: Showcase your page’s personality. Adding a cover photo automatically sets it as your listing’s preferred photo. This action doesn’t guarantee it populates as the first image for your business, but it does tell Google that you prefer to display this photo.
  • Additional photos: Add different photos to spotlight features of your business that customers consider when making purchasing decisions. Learn more about business photos.

Best practices for photos

Your photos will look best on Google if they meet the following standards:

  • Format: JPG or PNG.
  • Size: Between 10 KB and 5 MB.
  • Minimum resolution: 720 px tall, 720 px wide.
  • Quality: The photo should be in focus and well lit, and have no significant alterations or excessive use of filters. In other words, the image should represent reality.

Bing Search Engine is adding JSON LD Schema!

Well if you were one of my clients, this would be no shock to you because you know the importance of adding schema to your website. So Bing finally announced pubilicly that they do in fact look at JSON LD markup as a ranking signal. Every single one of the websites I do seo on for Parkland business receive it, as we have been doing for the 4 years prior to this announcement.

Here is the announcement that was made:

Bing has confirmed support for JSON-LD formatted markup

Though not yet available in the toolset, buildout of verification within Bing Webmaster Tools is in progress.


This was first reported by :Search Engine Land.

If you want to learn more about Schema and what it could do for you Contact Us Here. Or you can call us as well at 954-376-3515

We are sponsoring a local event.

We sponsored an event this past weekend at the Parkland Library. It was awesome


Mayors' Chess Challenge

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Join the Mayor and community leaders for a free and friendly meeting of the minds in support of Scholastic Chess. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

It was a great time. We are glad that we met everyone and where even able to answer some google related seo questions.

How to Optimize Your Google My Business Listing


If you have a business website, you need to add this to your online presence. Google knows that more and more people are searching things with a mobile device. Whether a phone or a tablet more searches are being done on these devices than desktops. 


Enter Google My Business Listing, this particular free service is awesome. Its basically free advertising for your business. You enter your information and automatically show up on the Google Maps app on peoples phone. 


Now for 2018 they are adding even more features for desktop users. Check out this article below from the Moz Blog. It was originally written by Sherry Bonelli a contributor to their blog.


An important first step in any local SEO strategy is to claim and verify your local business’ Google My Business (GMB) listing. Getting on Google My Business can increase your chances of showing up in Google’s Local Pack, Local Finder, Google Maps, and organic rankings in general. Qualifying local businesses can claim this free listing on Google and include basic information about their company, like their address, phone number, business hours and types of payments accepted.

If you haven’t claimed and verified your Google My Business Listing yet, that’s the first step. To get started, visit local businesses just claim their GMB listing and forget about it. What most businesses don’trealize is that there are a variety of other features you can use to optimize your Google My Business listing and several reasons why you should frequently check your business listing to ensure that it’s accuracy stays intact. Want to know more?

Complete all the information Google asks for

There are a variety of questions you can answer to complete your Google My Business profile. When done, your listing will have valuable data that will make it easier for potential customers to find your company. And if you don’t fill that information in, someone else could. Many business owners don’t realize that anyone can suggest a change to your business listing — and that includes competitors.

When a searcher clicks on your GMB listing they can see a “Suggest an edit” option:5a46c4402ff592.66210847.pngWhen someone clicks on that option they can literally edit your Google My Business listing (and make some pretty dramatic changes, too):5a46c440c92038.34282533.pngThis is just one reason why it’s very important that you login to your Google My Business dashboard regularly to ensure that no one has attempted to make any unwanted changes to your listing. You'll see a notification that changes are pending if someone has made suggested changes that need your approval.Also, it’s important to realize that Google encourages people who are familiar with your business to answer questions, so Google can learn more information about your company. To do this they can simply click on the “Know this place? Answer quick questions” link.5a46c4418bde25.29191878.pngThey’ll then be prompted to answer some questions about your business:5a46c442691899.64476311.pngIf they know the answer to the questions, they can answer. If not, they can decline.Now, some business owners have cried foul, saying that competitors or others with malicious intent can wreak havoc on their Google My Business listings with this feature. However, Google’s philosophy is that this type of “user-generated content” helps to build a community, more fully completes a business’ profile, and allows Google to experiment with different search strategies.After you get your Google My Business listing verified, continue to check your listing regularly to be on the safe side.

Google My Business PostsGoogle Posts are “mini-ads” that show up in Google search in your Google My Business listing (in the Knowledge Panel and on Google Maps.)5a46c445dae778.41453062.pngYou can have fun with your Posts by adding an image, a Call to Action (CTA), and even including a link to another page or website. If you’re using Yext, you can create GMB Posts directly from your Yext dashboard.

Here are just a few Post ideas:

If you’re having an event (like a webinar) you can set up an event Post with a date and time and then add a link to the registration page.Do you have a sale going on during a specific time? Create a “sale” event Post.Does your latest blog post rock? Add a short description of your blog post and link to the post on your blog.New product you want to feature? Show a picture of this cool gadget and link to where people can make the purchase.Want to spread holiday joy? Give potential customers a holiday message Post.

The possibilities with Posts are endless! Posts stay “live” for seven days or “go dark” after the date of the event. Google is great about sending you reminders when it’s time to create a new Post.5a46c446c29437.71775786.png

TIP: To grab a searcher’s attention, you want to include an image in your Post, but on Google Maps the Post image can get cut off. You might have to test a few Post image sizes to make sure it’s sized appropriately for Maps and the Knowledge Panel on desktop and mobile devices.

To get started with Posts, login to your GMB dashboard and you’ll see the Posts option on the left-hand side:

5a46c4484d3954.47934821.pngDo Google My Business Posts help with search rankings? Joy Hawkins and Steady Demand tested whether Posts had an impact on rankings, and they found that making Google My Business Posts can improve rankings.

Booking button feature

Google’s new Booking button feature can really help your business stand out from the crowd. If you have any type of business that relies on customers making appointments and you’re using integrated scheduling software, people can now book an appointment with your business directly from your Google My Business listing. This can make it even easier to get new customers!5a46c449257af1.39379777.pngIf you have an account with one of Google’s supported scheduling providers, the booking button is automatically added to your Google My Business listing.

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As you can see if you learn a couple of the new improvements in the google my business, you can get more traffic to your website and or business location. Good luck and if you need anything dont be afraid to call us to help you out.

Do you want some google search engine optimization tips?

We here at Parkland Seo, would like to tell you that there is a method to ranking websites. This method requires certain steps that need to be followed. Think of it as a checklist. These must haves are the basics for search engine optimization. If you dont follow these steps then forget about organic search results. Your site will hide in plain sight and never be seen or heard from again.

Think I am being overly dramatic, check out this article written by one of the best seo blogs on the planet called Search Engine Land. 

5 local search tactics your competitors probably aren’t using

When you and your competitors are all adhering to local SEO best practices, how can you differentiate your business from the rest? Columnist Sherry Bonelli has some ideas.

Local SEO is competitive and fierce. With more and more local businesses vying for the Google local three-pack — and ads and online directories occupying a large percentage of the remaining SERP real estate — your local SEO strategy has to be aggressive.

So, what can you do to outrank your local competitors down the street, especially when you’ve all got the basics down? One approach is to use local SEO tactics that your competitors may not know about or aren’t using. Here are five local SEO tactics you can implement to help get ahead of your competitors.

Google Posts

First, every local business should claim their Google My Business (GMB) listing. It’s a must-do. Non-negotiable. If you don’t claim your Google My Business listing, you essentially don’t exist online! (Okay, that’s an exaggeration — but not claiming your GMB listing will significantly diminish your chances of showing up in local search results.)

Of your competitors who claim their Google My Business listing, most will just walk away and forget about it. However, claiming your listing and letting it sit there gathering dust is like purchasing a new home and not putting any furniture in it. There’s so much more you should do, and this is one way you can outsmart (and outrank) your competitors.

Google has insight into how you and your potential customers are engaging with your Google My Business listing — and generally speaking, the more activity, the better. Does someone use the click-to-call option on their smartphone? Is a potential customer asking you a question using the new Q&A feature? Did you answer the question? Are you updating your business hours for holidays? Are you uploading quality photos of your business or staff?

And are you utilizing Google Posts?

Google Posts are almost like mini-ads with a picture, description, offer, landing page URL and so on. You can create Posts that tell potential customers about a product or service, promote upcoming specials, offer holiday wishes, let customers know about an event you’re having, and more. Having an open house? Create a Post for that event. Offering a free report or white paper? Create a Post about that white paper and add the link to where people can go to download it.

Creating a Post is easy. Simply log in to your Google My Business dashboard, and to the left, you will see the Posts option. Click on it to get started creating your first Post!

How to Create a Google My Business Post

Whether you’re creating a post about an upcoming event, sale, special offer, product or service, try to include keywords relevant to your business and city in the copy of the post. (It can’t hurt!) Make your post compelling so that people who see your GMB listing will want to click on the Post to learn more. (Remember, Google is watching those interactions!)

Create a Google My Business Post

Once you’ve created your post, here’s how it will look on your Google My Business Listing:

Create a Google My Business Post

To make sure that the Posts are timely, Google removes Posts after seven days (or, if you set up an event, the Post will be removed when the event date has passed). To keep you on your toes, Google will even send you email reminders when it’s time to create a fresh new Post.

Google reminds you to create a new post

Does creating a Google Post help your local rankings? The verdict’s not 100 percent in, but Joy Hawkins and Steady Demand did some research, and they found that Google Posts did appear to have a mild impact on rankings.

Check your Google My Business category

Speaking of Google My Business, selecting the best GMB category for your business can make a huge difference in how your business ranks on Google. If you find your competitors are leapfrogging ahead of you on the local three-pack, scope out what category their business is listed under — you may want to experiment with selecting that same category.

If matching your competitors’ categories doesn’t move the needle for you, try getting more granular. (Yes, this is a case of trial and error. You may need to test until you find the right category that will get you better visibility and/or more qualified leads.) See the example below, where one of my clients jumped up on Google rankings when we changed her category from the more general “Lawyer” category to a more specific category, “Family Law Attorney.”

Results from changing Google My Business Category

It’s always best to choose the category that most accurately fits your business type. Sometimes, people select too many categories, which can “dilute” your specialty. Selecting the best category for your business is a strategy that may mean you fall before you rise — but once you find the “sweet spot,” you can outrank your competitors.

Apply URL best practices

URLs are an important part of your search engine optimization and user experience strategy. Not only do URLs tell your site’s visitors and search engines what a page is about, they also serve as guides for the structure of your website. Your URLs should be descriptive, user-friendly and concise. When appropriate, include keywords (like your city, the name of a product, the type of service and so on) in the URL.

If your website runs on a CMS, you may have to adjust the settings to ensure that your page URLs are SEO-friendly. For example, WordPress URLs have a default format of /?p=id-number, which does not adhere to SEO best practices and is not particularly user-friendly.

To fix this issue, you need to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This improves the look of the URL for visitors and people that share your link, and it also allows you to add relevant and local keywords to a page’s URL.

To fix this WordPress default setting, log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings and click on Permalinks:

WordPress Permalinks

There you will be able to change your setting to “Post Name.” Changing this setting will allow you to create SEO-friendly URLs like:

Please note that after you change the permalink structure on your website, you may need to create redirects from the old URLs to the new ones (assuming your CMS doesn’t do this automatically).

Make your site secure

If your site isn’t secure (i.e., not HTTPS), making it secure is something you should add to your to-do list. In January 2017, Google started showing “not secure” warnings for Chrome users on HTTP pages with a password or credit card field. And, as of October 2017, they’ve expanded this warning to display when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.

Website Not Secure Warning

Even worse, their goal is to eventually display this warning on all HTTP pages. With all the press about cyber-security and protecting your personal information online, seeing this “Not Secure” warning on your site could scare off potential customers. Google is essentially warning people not to visit your site. Since many people are apt to close a website if they see a security warning, that means you could be losing a lot of business.

The bottom line: If your site’s not secure, you could be losing business to competitors.

(For a primer on making the switch from HTTP to HTTPS, check out this guide by Patrick Stox: “HTTP to HTTPS: An SEO’s guide to securing a website.”)

There are immediate benefits to having a secure site, too. If you have a secure site, the https:// and the green locked padlock that appear next to your URL in Chrome will make your website seem more trustworthy than a competitor’s site that isn’t secure.

SSL Certificates

And, of course, Google has stated that secure sites receive a slight rankings boost. Though this boost is fairly minor, it could still give you an edge over a competitor, all else being equal.

Write quality content: End writer’s block

Not only does Google like fresh, relevant, high-quality content — your site visitors do, too.

When it comes to writing long-form content, however, some people freeze up with writer’s block. How can you determine what to write about in order to satisfy users and drive relevant traffic?

Rest easy. There are amazing tools out there that can help you find the most popular questions people ask about a particular topic, and these types of questions and answers make for great content fodder.

Each of these tools has a different algorithm they use to find popular questions that need answering, but many pull top-asked questions from Google, various user forums, Quora, e-commerce sites and more. Finding these questions and writing a piece of content that answers those questions can squash writer’s block — fast! Now you can write content that actually answers questions potential customers are really asking.

BuzzSumo Question Analyzer

Here are just a few of the “content crushing” tools I use:

  • Question Samura
  • Storybase
  • Answer the Public
  • BuzzSumo Question Analyzer
  • HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

Which local SEO tactics are YOU using to beat your competition?

I’d love to know what local tactics are giving you a competitive edge in rankings. Are you using any of the tactics above? Different ones? Let us know! 

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