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Google’s new focus on long form content provides an opportunity for businesses to expand their SEO efforts to include papers that provide deeper analysis and research on a variety of topics. Referred to as “In-depth articles”, these papers are typically far longer in terms of word counts than the listings that usually appear on the search engine results pages (SERPs). While always subject to change, the characteristics that long form content must exhibit to be listed in Google’s In-depth article boxes include:
- Keyword relevant content – A long form article must exhibit relevance to the topic and related keywords, which can be more challenging on longer papers. Generally speaking, a well-written article will satisfy relevance issues, leaving the focus on sharing detailed information on the subject.
- At least one image – All listings in the In-depth articles boxes have an image that appears next to the title of the article. Be sure to add the “ALT” description to the image so that it can be indexed by the search engine.
- An original conclusion, angle, and/or approach – The In-depth articles that are currently surfacing on Google’s results pages are not simple regurgitations of news events. Those which surface have a combination of original points of view with comprehensive coverage of the topic.
- Evergreen content – Google is looking for content that will stay relevant over the short and long term. Content that is instructional, describes best practices, and/or research based is often considered as evergreen. On the other hand, articles that are seasonal or date centric, such as monthly statistics, would not meet the definition of evergreen material.
For businesses with comprehensive SEO campaigns, the opportunity to surface thoroughly written papers on the search engines carries numerous benefits. In addition to higher visibility, these long form articles can enhance authority and credibility while simultaneously building your brand.
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Being seen by your customers when they search online for your business, either by category or by name, can make the difference between having them buy from your business and heading off to do business with a competitor that has higher local visibility. Here are 3 steps you can take now to make sure that your business gets seen when local customers search for your products/services.
* Incorporate your location into your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts – Most local inquiries will include the name of a city, county, region, etc. with the product or service that is being searched. For example, people looking for pizza places that are nearest to them in Daytona Beach will use a search term such as “pizza Daytona Beach”. By tailoring your SEO efforts to the most commonly used search terms for your product/service in your local area, your business’ visibility will improve dramatically.
* Claim your listings in local directories – Google’s “Places for Business” and Yahoo’s local directory are two of the major local directories that people use to find local businesses, but there are many others as well. Don’t assume that your business will automatically appear in these listings, even for searches that specify you by name. Claiming your local directory listings and populating them with basic information can usually be accomplished in a couple of minutes, so take the first steps as soon as possible.
* Get social – More people are using social media platforms to find and get recommendations on local businesses. Developing a presence on selected social media sites will raise your business’ visibility and will also contribute to your overall SEO efforts.
More of your customers are using local search every day. Help them find your business by taking these three steps today.