Optimising for near me searches resembles your local SEO process. As said before, for near me searches, it’s all about the search intent. People have a goal — they need something and they need it now. You have to offer that to them and you have to appear the most trustworthy of options. There are a few steps you really need to take:
Make your site super mobile-friendly
Near me searches mostly happen on mobile, at a time when the consumer needs it the most. Your site has to offer a great mobile experience if you want Google to consider you for mobile search results. You don’t want people to wait for a minute to load just one page on your site, right? Focus on user experience and site speed.
Add your NAP details and opening hours to your site
We’re talking Name, Address, Phone number, in an easy to read and index format. Preferably, we’d say to add one page per location, if you have more than one. Also, add your opening hours! On your site, don’t forget to optimise the landing pages for the various locations — if you have multiple locations or if you are targeting those.
Add NAP to Google Business Profile (formally known as Google My Business)
Add those exact details, like the address, phone number, opening hours, and website URL to your Google Business Profile page. Then, add your business to the correct category and make sure to add nice photos. If you have multiple locations but only need to promote one as the main headquarters, add multiple locations to one listing. If your business consists of a number of smaller businesses, feel free to add multiple Business Profile pages/accounts. Don’t forget to update your listing whenever you change something!
Be sure to add LocalBusiness structured data to your address
We made a plugin for that: Local SEO. It adds the appropriate LocalBusiness structured data markup to the address listed on your website, including the phone number and opening hours. This makes it easier for search engines like Google and Bing to index and fully understand these details.
Get positive reviews
We can’t deny the fact that positive reviews on Google, Yelp, or similar websites help your local ranking. It’s like the market. If locals recommend a business, we’ll be more tempted to go there. Of course, search engines will pick up on this. Don’t forget Facebook in this! People also use that a lot to search for local businesses.
Write great content and get localised links
Another way to get your local business noticed in the search results is by writing high-quality content about you, your product, or your location. Good content has a great chance to be linked to by relevant (news) outlets, maybe even getting your links with proper anchor text with your name and location.
One of the most important things you need to remember is that you need to have your details consistent at all times. If there’s a discrepancy between your Google Business Profile account and your website, Google might not know what to trust. As a result, you might not show up for those searches you long for.