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A complete local SEO checklist to optimize your business presence in local search, drive more traffic to your website & reach local customers.

Local SEO Checklist for 2024


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Local SEO Checklist for 2024

A lot of things in life are taken for granted and a safe and pleasant flight is one of them. Just ask any pilot how they make it all seem easy and they are likely to scream at the top of their voice “CHECKLISTS!”  

Implementing successful local SEO strategies is no different. With so many moving parts, it’s easy to get lost in this maze of steps involved.  Following a checklist is a fool-proof way to ensure you leave no stone unturned.

Going through a local SEO checklist and ticking every box can be meticulously painstaking.  Whether it’s a tedious process such as local keyword research or a simple task like generating and submitting an XML file (more on that later), the challenge is to treat all the items with equal importance and in an unbiased manner.  

And guess what’s harder than going through a checklist? It’s  coming up with one! 

Luckily for you, we've got all the bases covered. As we demystify and break this seemingly daunting process into easy-to-accomplish bite-sized chunks,  you will not just know what to do but also how to do it with ease. 

Ready to take off on your journey to making your business a local champ? Fasten your seatbelts. 

A Collection of Checklists for Local SEO

Just like pilots have different lists for different phases such as preflight, landing, and so on, this article presents  a collection of checklists that encompasses various aspects of your local SEO endeavors. 

  • On-Page Elements
  • Off-Page Elements
  • Technical SEO
  • User Experience
  • Reviews and Online Reputation Management
  • Content and Blogging
  • Tracking and Analytics

You might look at this list and wonder “Isn’t this something I already did for my SEO?” Sure, you did. But that was for general SEO. The points these checklists aim to address are specifically for local SEO. 

Also, keep in mind that the items on these checklists are NOT do-it-and-forget-it stuff. 

You will implement some of them on a trial-and-error basis, constantly evaluating, improvising, and iterating. Competitor analysis is a good example.  What’s working for them may or may not work for you. 

Many of  these parameters are dynamic and change in accordance with Google updates, and general variations in the digital landscape. Consider this: several top-ranking websites lost their lucrative positions in search results due to a fundamental shift in Google’s policy towards AI-generated content. So, it’s imperative that you keep yourself updated and revisit this list. 

You will find that a vast majority of these are an ongoing process. Whether you are actively seeking backlinks from locally authoritative websites or encouraging your customers to write reviews,  it’s like riding a tiger. 

You’re on top so long as you continue to do it. But the moment you stop, you’re done.  Performance tracking and analytics is another example. 

Without further ado, let’s delve into each of the lists.

On-Page Elements

Strictly speaking, anything that’s got to do with your website is on-page SEO. However, for better clarity, we shall deal with technical  and other elements of your website separately. Let's leave the nerds alone so they do what they do best. 

There are various elements of your website that affect your local SEO, from both visitors’ and search engines’ perspective. 

Keyword Research for Localized Content

It’s one thing to conduct an umbrella keyword search for your website as a whole and an entirely different exercise when it comes to finding highly relevant keywords that resonate with your audience for local SEO.  

  • Identify local keywords relevant to your business.
  • Ensure you have a mix of implicit and explicit local keywords
  • Use online tools such as Google Ad Preview Tool to detect local intent
  • Competitor research 

Identify local keywords relevant to your business:  Coming up with keywords for local SEO is more than just adding a location name  to your primary and secondary keywords. You could use the Google autosuggest and ‘people also search for’ options to generate keyword ideas that are local favorites to find products/services you offer. 

Ensure you have a mix of implicit and explicit local keywords:  When it comes to local SEO, there are two types of keywords -  explicit and implicit. Explicit keywords are a combination of your target keywords and locations. Car mechanic in Brooklyn is an example.  

However, search engines can find local intent based on certain signals even when the location is not used in the search query. These are implicit keywords. Your overall keyword strategy should include a mix of implicit and explicit keywords. 

Use online tools such as Google Ad Preview Tool to detect local intent: So how do you find implicit keywords that have a local intent? Google Ad Preview Tool is an excellent option. Just type your search query and select the location for which you are optimizing. If your query has a local intent, your search result should include a loca pack - a map showing all the stores  along with Name, Address,  and Phone Number (NAP) of top three businesses.

Competitor Research: The importance of competitor research in local SEO simply cannot be overstated as you are competing for a smaller piece of the pie. While it’s obvious to know what’s working for them, this step gives you amazing insights on how to stand out. So who are your competitors? 

Usually the top three businesses that appear in the local pack for each of your keywords from the previous step  are the ones you should be after. To dig deeper, you could also check those that appear on the Google map in the local pack. 

Creating Dedicated Local Landing Pages

If you're thinking about optimizing your website for localization, having dedicated local landing pages for each of your locations must be number one on your list. Why? Just last year, 98% of consumers used the internet to find information about local businesses.

Here are some of the key points to consider while creating such pages:

  • Unique content for each page
  • Avoid ‘cannibalization
  • Highlight location-specific information

Unique content for each page:  This is your chance to take one of your products or services and make them relevant and appealing to visitors from a specific area.  For example, If you’re running a chain of Chinese restaurants, you might be perceived as a convenient takeaway in a busy downtown area while being considered as a speciality in another.

Avoid ‘cannibalization’: A highly undesirable condition when two  or more  of your pages are competing with each other as they target similar, and most of the times identical products/services.

Highlight location- specific information: Your local prospects are looking for location-specific information such as address, business hours, contact details, and the like. Be sure to make it easy for them to find it.

On-Page Content Optimization

You have a set of keywords and created content around it that’s relevant for and resonates with your audience. Now what? You still need to optimize other sections of your pages to send local signals so search engines can rank them.and your customers can find you.

  • Optimize meta titles and descriptions with local keywords.
  • Use H1 and header tags with localized keywords on relevant pages.
  • Optimize images with  alt texts and image descriptions
  • Optimizing URLs for localization
  • Clear Calls to Action That Imply Proximity

Optimize meta titles and descriptions with local keywords: Your meta titles and meta descriptions for each of your local pages are, by their nature, best ads for your business. This is the content they read on search engine results before they land on your page. So be sure to localize them as much as possible. 

Using a local landmark nearby, mentioning your address, using local slang - the possibilities are only limited by your imagination to give it a local feeling. 

Use H1  and header tags with localized keywords on relevant pages:  Ensure your page title (H1) and subheadings are optimized by including local keywords. You could also use location modifiers so long as they appear natural.

Optimize images with  alt texts and image descriptions: Leveraging images of your local store or office is a great way to connect with your audience. Be sure to take full advantage of this aspect  by optimizing them with local keywords on alt texts and image descriptions.

Optimizing URLs for localization: Although your customers may not pay much attention to your pages’ URL, search engines do with a keen eye. Look at the following examples: doesn’t add any local SEO value.  is optimized.

Clear Calls to Action That Imply Proximity

A clear call to action is the cutting edge of your sword. It’s what entices your prospects to visit your store or pay for your service. So how would you localize these calls to action?  Typically CTAs involve filling out a contact form or calling a centralized number. But for local pages, you could:

  • Say “Visit us” followed by a local address
  • Embed a Google map or a link.
  • Use plugins that dynamically display “Open Now” based on your business hours

Off-Page Elements

One of the most talked about ranking factors in SEO is the E-A-T factor that stands for expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness.  And having a strong local presence is essential to achieving this.

For this reason, when it comes to local SEO  nothing pays higher dividends than off page optimization given the current digital landscape and the growing trend toward local searches. 

Here are the key factors you should consider:

  • The Big Four of Business Listings - Google, Apple, Bing, and Facebook
  • Local Citations
  • Social Signals
  • Local Link Building

The Big Four of Business Listings - Google, Apple, Bing, and Facebook

Local business listings send some of the strongest offpage SEO signals that drive traffic to your website and business alike. Among scores of such business listings out there, the four most prominent ones are:

  • Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business)
  • Apple Business Connect
  • Bing Places for Business
  • Facebook Business Manager a.k.a Meta Business Manager

Setting your business up on each of these listings involves very similar steps and they all have dedicated and detailed online resources complete with pro tips so you can best leverage their unique features. 

Here are some of the points to consider while listing your business:

  • Consistent and identical business information such as Name, Address, and Phone Number (NAP) across all platforms 
  • Choose your business category and subcategories accurately
  • Use relevant local keywords while writing business descriptions
  • Optimize images and other visual content by using geotags and keywords
  • Actively seek customer reviews and respond to them 
  • Claim your valuable backlink to your relevant local page

In addition to the Big Four, there are plenty of business listings, some of them quite popular with high domain authority such as Yelp and YP.  Here’s a HubSpot list that you could use to get the most of your off page local SEO efforts. 

Local Citations

Citations are the digital landscape version of your word-of-mouth reputation. Anytime your business gets mentioned with complete NAP, it’s a citation.  And in the eyes of search engines, they all add up toward better local search result rankings. 

Remember, all business listings are citations but not all citations are necessarily business listings.  Which means there are a ton of avenues that you could tap into to get more digital eyeballs on your business.

Primary Data Aggregators:

Primary data aggregators should be a huge part of your local SEO mix. Listing your business on them  not only act as citations but these sites are actually large databases that pass on information to other listings. Some of the popular data aggregators include:

  • Neustar Localeze
  • Foursquare
  • Data Axle (Express Update)

It’s absolutely essential that you have your business listings on these platforms for the dual advantage they offer. 

Business and Location-Specific Platforms

Depending on your business and location, you could explore several options to get an online citation. These could be:

  • Local business chambers
  • Business-specific sites such as Trip Advisior for hospitality industry
  • Community hubs such as YMCA

Do keep in mind that some of these platforms might charge a small fee, especially those associated with professional services such as doctors and accounts.  It’s entirely up to you to determine whether a listing is worth the fee. Check the popularity and domain authority of these sites to get an idea of SEO equity that’s passed on. 

Unstructured Citations:

As the name suggests,  these are citations on sites and apps that do not primarily serve the purpose of business listings.  By design, these platforms are not structured that way. Examples include local news websites and relevant blog posts by local influencers. 

Although the term may not sound very appealing, unstructured citations can have a huge impact depending on the popularity of the site and the author.  Once you have reached a certain number of structured citations, you could channelize your efforts toward finding these local gems.

Incorporating Social Signals

Will your social presence enhance your local SEO?  Definitely. However, the jury is still out on to what extent and how.  That said, there are several ways to make your social presence work for your local SEO.

  • Enhancing your online visibility
  • Help manage your reputation online
  • Drive traffic to  your website through sharable content
  • Build local authority and trust

So,  what are the practical ways to incorporate your social presence into your local SEO efforts?

Determine which social platforms your target audience are most active.  Again, having a look at competitors is a good idea. There are a few effective tools out there that give a clear picture of your current social media presence. 

Some social platforms can be better suited than others depending on your business. For example, for designers and other professionals who benefit from sharing images, Instagram and Pinterest can be more beneficial. Similarly, for B2B companies LinkedIn is more apt. 

Create and share local content on your social platforms to amplify brand awareness. The fundamental focus is still on creating content that’s informative, useful, and relevant vis-a-vis your products/services.  However, as a brand, you need to connect at an emotional level too. If some posts can combine both, those are your golden nuggets. 

Aim to link as many posts  as possible to relevant and corresponding landing pages on your site.  Your social accounts and webpages feed off each other.  It’s easier to get a following on social media and convert them to visitors on your site. 

Link to your social pages from relevant local landing pages.  You could benefit from reviews and ratings that most platforms allow. Additionally, you could use plugins on your website to automatically import these straight to your website. 

Social landing pages a.k.a ‘link in bio’ pages are one of the most underrated and underutilized  aspects of these platforms.  Just like local landing pages, these pages on your website are created with the sole purpose of redirecting your social followers to your pages that have content designed to cater to these visitors. 

Although not strictly a part of local SEO, with enough traction on these platforms and time, you could actually leverage social media to directly drive business bypassing your web presence altogether. 

Local Link Building

Let’s get this straight: link building and citations are not the same.  They differ in two significant ways:

  • Citations may or may not include a backlink to your webpage but your backlinks, as the name suggests, should link back to your site.
  • Citations include your NAP details,for backlinks  the textual content that’s used to hyperlink, known as anchor text, can be just about anything. 

Link building for local SEO is very similar to that of general SEO in that  the core principles such as quality of links in terms of authority remain the same.. So do the strategies and the process involved. 

However, when it comes to local SEO, the relevance of websites that offer backlinks boradens as location-specific sites also enter the mix. So, you don’t have to look out for websites that are directly related to your product or service. 

Some noteworthy steps to boost your local backlink acquisition include:

  • Actively look for citations, structured or otherwise,  that don’t have a backlink and seek one. 
  • Use competitor analysis to determine backlinks they got.
  • Travel sites and local guides are an excellent option to get not only backlinks but also great reviews

Technical SEO

Like  I mentioned earlier, the items on this list are applicable to general SEO too. It’s just that here we will primarily focus on elements of technical SEO that will have a direct bearing on your local SEO.

Mobile-First Indexing

If you don’t know this yet, I have some news for you. Google and other search engines primarily use mobile versions of your site to crawl, index and rank. The reason behind this is the ever-increasing proportion of mobile users to access the internet. The need to have a website that Google considers to be highly  mobile friendly is more pronounced if you are aiming to rank for keywords with a local intent. 

So, it’s imperative that you focus on creating a mobile-friendly website to boost your local SEO efforts. Google has published a pretty exhaustive article on creating such sites that can come in very handy. 

Local Schema Markup

A critical part of your technical SEO for local landing pages, local schema markup helps search engines better understand your business in an in-depth manner.  There are plenty of options to define various attributes of your business that massively help your local SEO such as :

  • Nature of business, whether local
  • Business category and subcategories
  • Contact information
  • Business Hours
  • Price range
  • Reviews and ratings
  • Area served
  • Question and Answers is an underutilized aspect that can highlight your business if you tap into all the right questions if your local audience might have. 

The list goes ad infinitum.

Some of these markups  can even render rich non-textual elements such as aggregate ratings and contact information right with the search results leading to what are known as zero-click searches. 

Popular online tools to create local schema markup include:

  • Google Structured Data Markup Helper
  • Wordpress Plugins

WIth a local schema markup embedded within your website’s code, search engines can better understand your business and map these to the searcher’s intent, boosting your local SEO performance. 

Once you have generated the schema markup, it's as simple as copy pasting it in the appropriate section of the page's code.b Your web developer can help you with it. 

Create and Submit XML Sitemap 

As the name suggests, the XML site is literally a map for the search engines to locate and index each of the pages in your website.  From a local SEO perspective, it assumes significant proportions as it can easily tell search engines about your local landing pages and further parse the data based on the schema markup you might have included from the previous step. 

Sometimes, it’s easy for a large website to keep an important resource hidden in the hierarchy of the pages - directories > sub directories > and so on. One way for Google to find such pages is with these XML sitemaps.

What’s more, It’s not always easy to have your local landing pages at a very high level navigation pane. With an XML file, the engines know where exactly they are so they can still be crawled and indexed. 

How to create an XML Sitemap?

How to Submit an XML File? Once you have your XML sitemap generated:  

  • Head to your Google Search Console (more on that in a little bit). 
  • Locate ‘Sitemaps’ on the left sidebar: (Sometimes Sitemaps could be under Indexing)
  • Go to the ‘add new site map’ section
  • Copy paste your sitemap URL generated such as
  • Hit submit

That’s it! You’re done!

You need to follow up as it can take a few days for Google to crawl and process your XML map. If all goes well, you will see a green tick mark followed by ‘Success’. However, if there are any discrepancies,  the status could read “couldn’t fetch’ or “has errors”. To troubleshoot, refer Google’s exhaustive guidelines on setting up XML sitemaps. 

Adding Robots.txt file

A robots.txt file is essentially a set of instructions for Google (and other search engines) to know which pages to crawl and index and which to leave. From a local SEO perspective, it becomes crucial to implement  this for two reasons:

Firstly, since these crawlers have a fixed ‘crawl budget’, depending on the size, content heavy elements, overall health of your website, and number of backlinks, many of your web pages may not get indexed and ranked. There’s a good chance that your local landing pages could be excluded from indexing. So it’s imperative that all your important ages that need indexing are included in this file. 

Secondly,  It’s important that your new pages that have time-critical local content are indexed. Therefore, it's crucial to revisit this file  and modify accordingly to ensure such pages are crawled.  

Finally, these files help you avoid duplicate and redundant pages that may have been included non-maliciously. You don’t want such pages  on your site indexed and ranked by search engines. 

Follow this extensive article by Google  on How to create and submit robits.txt files.

Review and Fix 404 Errors 

Typically, a 404 error is returned by your web server when of the following happens:

  • When the content is, partially or completely, deleted or moved to a different section. 
  • The server is unable to run the connection or the link is broken 
  • For some reason, the visitor got an incorrect link from another source, example a social media posting, an offline resource, etc,

No matter the reason , 404 errors can drastically affect the way search engines and users perceive your site. One of the best tools to find pages with 404 errors is the Google Search Console. Once you have found a list of pages that return a 404 error, you could take one of the following actions:

  • If the page and content you need is absolutely necessary, retain the page and its content and resolve the underlying problem with the help of your developer.
  • If there’s another page where this content can be accommodated, use a 301 and be sure to update the other page accordingly.
  • If the page or the url is not adding any SEO value, it can be permanently removed provided the url doesn’t support subpages.

Ideally, you should involve your developer, content specialist, and the SEO guy to best fix such pages. 

Address 301 Redirect Issues

Whenever you redirect a certain page, a part, or even your entire website to another address permanently, you do so using a 301 redirect code. O videos this mostly for the following reasons:

  • To change the URL structure
  • To update the site architecture so the page moves to a more appropriate location
  • To make changes to the content such that the context changes and therefore other factors involved.

The impact of NOT having 301 redirects in place:

  • Any web page worth its salt carries some SEO equity and 301 redirects are a great way of passing it over to other relevant pages
  • If these pages are ranking well on search engines, they should be informed to redirect the visitors to another page
  • Repeated visitors might have bookmarked these pages and might want to use them regularly.

These are some of the reasons why you must have 302 redirects in place and the best way to determine which pages need such a redirect and when in a regular content audit. 

User Experience (UX)

In this ubiquitous digital world, creating an unforgettable experience every time you engage your customers across platforms and channels is invaluable. More so in the realm of local SEO.  

Website Navigation

Ensure that your website's navigation is user-friendly. From a localization perspective, you want your locations and location-specific landing pages to be found with utmost ease. You could achieve this by:

  • Creating a list of all your locations on the home page
  • Each location on this list could be a clickable link to the local landing page
  • Embedding a Google Map on the footer and Contact Us page with all the locations
  • Having your local landing pages at high level of navigation hierarchy

Clickable CTAs

Given that a majority of local searches happen on mobile phones, implementing clickable elements into your CTAs greatly enhances user experience. These elements could be:

  • Phone button that directly dials a set number
  • WhatsApp and other messaging tools that open the app with your contact information
  • Google Maps Directions button to find your location

Website Speed

One of the most important aspects of achieving a great user experience is making sure that the page load speed is high. In fact, it is one of the critical factors in mobile-first indexing that we discussed earlier.

Some of the ways one can significantly improve site-load speed are: 

  • Optimizing images
  • Minimize the number of HTTP requests by conducting a speed test 
  • Optimize browser cache usage to load repeatedly used section of your website
  • Outsourcing critical functions of running your website to specialists such as hosting, DNS, and web security. 
  • Minimizing the number of 301 redirects, especially for SEO critical pages

Reviews and Online Reputation Management

As mentioned earlier, one of the top factors that search engines rely to rank web pages on is together termed the E-A-T factor - expertise, authoritative, and trustworthiness. Nothing contributes more to your local search appearances than your local customer reviews.  

Whether you are showcasing your customer testimonials and success stories right on your site, or leveraging reviews from business listings such as Google Business Profile, having a robust strategy to manage your reviews and online reputation management is something that you simply cannot afford to miss. 

In addition to implementing reviews and ORM-related guidelines in the off-page elements sections, you should consider the following:

  • Keep your reviews real and fact based.  Statistics and specific impacts boost reliability and trustworthiness.
  • Case studies and success stories make for engaging content for online reputation management. They resonate with your prospects in terms of problem-solution-benefit paradigm and communicate your competencies vis-a-vis their needs. 
  • In terms of adopting technology, there are various plugins that are available freely online that allow you to import off-page reviews and ratings such as those on social platforms and business listings like Google Business Profile.
  • Responding honestly and promptly to not-so-pleasant reviews ensures that you are not only humble enough to accept your shortcomings but also you are willing to constantly improve. 

Content and Blogging

Content is much more than what appears on the website. Here are some guidelines to leverage the scope to augment your content creation efforts and amplify its reach. 

It's important to note that no matter what type of content you create and on what medium you publish it,  the core idea will still be about your product/service. It should be about  how they offer  solutions and as a consequence benefits corresponding to your prospects' pain points. Consider local nuances to make it relevant to and resonant with your audience.

Content Calendar

Create a Content Calendar, a structured plan outlining when and what type of content you will publish across platforms. It could be blogs on your site . For local SEO, focus on creating content that is not only informative and valuable but also locally relevant. Consider local events, news, and trends in your content planning.

Regular, High-Quality Blog Posts: Consistency in publishing is essential. Regularly update your blog with high-quality content that addresses the needs and interests of your local audience. This can include how-to guides, local news, event coverage, and more.

Optimize Blog Content with Local Keywords: Ensure that your blog posts incorporate local keywords naturally. This will help your content rank in local search results. Include local modifiers, like the city or neighborhood name, in your blog titles, headers, and throughout the content.

Think of a variety of content types - articles, social media posts, updates on your business listings such as Google Business Profile, newsletter, case studies, whitepapers. The list goes on ad nauseam.

Amplify the reach of each piece of content by publishing them on social media. You could also repurpose them by converting longform content such as blog posts into infographics, videos, and newsletters.

Guest Blogging

Identify Local Websites and Blogs. Research local websites and blogs that are relevant to your industry or niche. Look for opportunities to contribute guest posts. This can expand your online presence and provide backlinks to your website.

Build Relationships. Approach local bloggers and website owners with a personalized pitch. Building relationships is key to securing guest posting opportunities. Explain how your content can benefit their audience.

Quality and Relevance. When writing guest posts, ensure that the content is of high quality, provides value, and is relevant to the host site's audience. Incorporate local information when appropriate, and include a link back to your website.

User-Generated Content

Encourage your customers and followers to create content related to your business. This can include reviews, photos, videos, or testimonials. Run contests or campaigns that incentivize user-generated content.

It's essential to monitor user-generated content for relevance, quality, and compliance with your guidelines. This ensures that the content aligns with your brand and messaging. Address any inappropriate or off-topic submissions promptly.

Leverage User Content: Once you've gathered user-generated content, share it on your website and social media profiles. This not only showcases your customers' positive experiences but also provides fresh, authentic content that can boost your local SEO efforts.

Local SEO Tracking and Analytics

Analytics and tracking help you not just reach where you want to be but also stay the course. There are plenty of both paid and free tools, none more extensively used as Google’s very own Google Analytics and Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools)

The major difference between Google Analytics and Google Search Console is that the former gives you a picture of how visitors interacted with your site while the latter gives a glimpse of how the search engines perceive your site.

Google Analytics

Set up Google Analytics to monitor website traffic, conversions, and user behavior.  Here are some of the ways:

Traffic Analysis

Monitor the volume of organic traffic coming to your website from local sources. Analyze which pages and content are most popular among local visitors. This can help you understand what local users are interested in.

Audience Demographics

Google Analytics provides insights into the demographics of your website visitors, including location. You can see where your local traffic is coming from, allowing you to tailor your content and marketing strategies to specific regions.

Conversion Tracking

Set up goals and e-commerce tracking to measure the performance of your local SEO efforts. Track local conversions, such as contact form submissions, phone calls, or in-store visits, to determine the effectiveness of your local online marketing.

Local Keyword Performance

By integrating Google Analytics with Google Search Console, you can access detailed data on which keywords are driving traffic to your site. This information can help you assess the performance of your local keywords and adjust your SEO strategy accordingly.

Referral Sources

Analyze the sources of your local traffic. Determine whether local directories, social media, or other websites are driving visitors to your site. You can then focus on optimizing your presence on the most valuable platforms.

Content Performance

Assess which local content or landing pages are most popular and engaging. Use this information to fine-tune your local content strategy and promote pages that resonate with your local audience.

Site Speed

Google Analytics provides data on page load times. A fast-loading website is crucial for local SEO, as Google considers page speed in its search ranking algorithm. Identify and resolve any performance issues that may affect local user experience. Use a free resource like Google page speed insights tool to find out how your website performs on both desktop and mobile & improve performance.

According to Statista, 40% of users will leave if it takes more than three seconds to load and that number jumps exponentially around the 5-second mark.  A load time of around 2 seconds seems like a safe bet. 

Google Search Console

Monitor for any issues, errors, or penalties reported by Google Search Console. This is critical as a lot depends on this analytics if you are to rank for local searches. 

Monitor Local Search Performance

GSC provides data on how often your website appears in search results and how many clicks it receives. Focus on the "Performance" report and set up filters to view data for specific regions to gauge your local search visibility.

Keyword Analysis

Examine the "Queries" report in the "Performance" section to see which search queries are driving traffic to your website. Look for keywords that are location-specific, and optimize your content for those terms to improve local rankings.

Performance of Local Landing Pages

In GSC, you can evaluate the performance of individual pages. Look at which local landing pages are receiving the most clicks and impressions. This data helps you identify which pages are successful and which may need optimization.

Index Coverage

Check the "Index Coverage" report to ensure that Google has properly indexed your local landing pages. Address any crawl errors or issues that may prevent your pages from being indexed or ranking well in local search results.

Structured Data and Rich Results

Utilize GSC to test and monitor structured data and rich results. Implement structured data markup, like, to enhance your local SEO, making it easier for search engines to understand your content and display rich snippets in search results.

Local Targeting

If you have a multi-location business, GSC allows you to set local targeting preferences for different segments of your audience, enhancing your visibility in various regions.

URL Parameters

Use the "URL Inspection" tool to review how Google sees individual URLs on your site. This is particularly useful for diagnosing issues with local landing pages or ensuring they are crawled and indexed correctly.

Performance Enhancements

Pay attention to any performance enhancements or recommendations provided by GSC. Google may suggest ways to improve your website's speed, mobile-friendliness, or security, which are all factors that impact local SEO.

Security Issues

Regularly check for security issues in GSC. A secure website is essential for user trust, and Google may prioritize secure sites in search results.

The Bottom Line

During an air crash investigation,  NTSB attributed the fatal occurance to a minor maintenance miss as a result of not following the prescribed checklist. The engineer did not use a standard bolt to fasten a component.

Although, missing a minor item  from one of these checklists might  not literally result in fatality, it could still figuratively affect your brand image. Remember a reputable airline that had to be grounded just because of a tweet? That’s the times we live in - the digital world is a double-edged sword that should be managed meticulously. 

In this article, we have clearly categorized each aspect of your local SEO so you won't miss a thing.  It’s your guide. It’s your compass. It’s your go-to guy when something’s not going your way (or even when it is!). 

Of course, performing all these on a regular and frequent basis is resource intensive and that’s assuming you are able to recruit the best of the talents. That’s the reason why agencies like Synup exist.

Just head to our page to find out how we can help manage all these and much more by involving you in every step of the process.

Remember, in the realm of Local SEO, visibility is everything, and these tactics are your secret weapon to dominating local search results and outperforming your competitors.

So, start implementing these strategies today and watch your business rise to the top of the local SEO rankings, attracting more customers and growing your brand in 2024 and beyond.

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