No one can pay or request to get a higher business ranking on local search results, as Google’s algorithm is confidential, yet aims to be as fair as possible. However, you can still help your business’s local ranking on Google and enhance your presence in Search and Maps results.
3 Factors determines local ranking
Distance implies how far each potential search result is from the location term used in a search. If a user doesn’t specify a location in their search, Google will calculate distance based on what’s known about their location.
Prominence refers to how a business is well-known. Local ranking tries to reflect offline world places; therefore familiar and well-known places will be prominent on local search results. Prominence is also based on information that Google has about a business from across the web (like links, articles and directories). Google review count and score are factored into local search ranking, as well as your position in web results. Make sure you apply SEO Best practices!
How to improve your local ranking?
Provide complete information on your business: accurate opening hours and address, introduction to describe your business’s category and add your website.
Verify your business location and information to ensure your business is properly listed!
Include reviews as they are a great opportunity to build a business’s reputation. When customers write a review, they provide feedback for a business that will maximize its probability to show on Google Maps and Search results. The more reviews and positive ratings, the more a business’s local ranking will improve.
Interacting with your customers and replying to their reviews will strengthen their trust towards your business and increase your business’s local visibility.
Build a strong online presence by adding photos and engage users.