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Top 15 Local SEO Ranking Signals You Need to Know [2020]

local seo ranking signals

Hello There!

Wanna rank on local and beat your competition, you need to optimize these factors.

These will help you grow locally and help customers to find you easily.

Nowadays rank locally requires so much of efforts because of the neck to neck competition.

Two Reasons For Ranking Difficulty Are:

  • Many people prefer mobile to search for local businesses.
  • Business getting aware day by day about the local SEO.

There is also googles local pack which automatically pushes down the first website search result below the fold.

In this local pack google highlight three business in this pack related to the search.

For better understanding there is the example-


This local pack is very useful for people to find a local business.

This local pack provide all the information about that business in a short form like-phone number, address,

Reviews, etc.

To get found, you need to have good content as well as good optimization of local SEO.

To get a great conversion, you need to be get highlighted in the local pack.

So, to get into local pack and rank higher locally there are 21 top local SEO ranking signals: –


There are two types: –

  1. Basic-This covers the most foundational ranking signals. If you want any chance at all of ranking well for local SEO, these are the factors you need to address and optimize them.
  • The Nitty Gritty Local SEO Ranking Signals-This covers the more in-depth ranking signals. These are the signals to address if you are looking to move to the very top and knock a competitor out of the coveted Local Pack. these are the signals you need to focus on.

Let’s dive right into Basic local SEO Ranking signals:

1. Google My Business: –

This is the first thing you need to do before doing anything. It is very easy to set up and it’s free.

Just claim your business on Google My Business.this is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your local ranking.


Within the Google my business account you need to be careful in choosing the right category for your business.

The more you choose correctly and accurately, the higher chances you get to be seen in the search.

For Example, don’t use “photography”, if you have a business of wildlife photography, this describes your business more accurately.

2. Upload Photos on your Google My Business:

Photos can describe your business more effectively. This helps Google to show your business at right time to the customer when they are looking for it.

Pictures can define your location more easily and can be found easily by the visitor.

Take photos of your location, your products, your staff, even your customers (with permission, of course).

Upload them in your Google My Business account and by this, you are making your account more optimized.

This help you to rank good in the SERP.


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3. Bing Places for Business:

Like, Google there are many other search engines also present one of them is Bing.

Bing also has a decent amount of audience and it is given by Microsoft to its every user so many people use Bing only.

So don’t want to miss this audience, like Google provide google my business for a local business listing, Bing also provides its own listing called Bing Places for Business.

It is also as simple as Google My Business and very easy to setup.


4. Online Directories/Citations: –

Like Google and Bing, there are many other directories too. We need to also list our business to those Directories.

These directories also help us to gain good visibility in the market.

There are some Directories I recommend you are: –

  •  Apple Maps.  With a more detailed map, immersive 3D experiences, and easy access to your go‑to and must‑see destinations, Maps is better than ever at getting you where you need to go. And helping you find more to do and experience when you get there.

It is similar to Google maps.




Citations don’t have as great of an impact on rankings as they once did but are still important.

5. Listings on Review Sites:

These sites provide Reviews to the business and you should claim on them.

Reviews play the most important role in ranking by Google.

These sites provide a review, directly on google.

These sites play a good role in ranking locally.

There is some site I recommend: –




Better Business-directory-listing

6. Reviews:

●    Number of positive reviews: –

Claiming on these review sites came with both positive and negative reviews.

You just need to make sure that you get the majority of positive reviews.

According to Google, high-quality reviews improve your business’ visibility.

Keep in mind that the black hat practice of reviews is against the Google policy and many other review sites also.

Vice versa this happens when you get too many negative reviews, this sends Google signal that people are not liking your site so after that Google will not show your site into SERP.

●  Reviews with Keywords & Location:

When a Reviewer uses location or keyword, it sends a signal to Google that your site is trustworthy because people are directly searching for your location and your keyword.

●    Reviews with Responses: –

When a review gets a response by any other reviewer, it sends a signal to Google that your site is engaging, people are talking about it.

So, when any other person sends a query to Google about that particular keyword, Google shows your result in the suggestion.

7. Social Media Listings:

Claim on all Social Media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Etc.

You need to be very regular and constant on these platforms with an accurate call to action.

Pin a tweet or post inviting users to call/visit your website/follow you on whatever social platform you are most active on.

People on social media are very attentive so we need to take advantage of that attention and drive to our business.

Most important thing is to create a Facebook page for your business.

Many people use Facebook as a search engine, it has also its own audience.

Social Shares also result in the better ranking on the SERP.

8. Consistent NAP: –

NAP stands for Name, Address, and Phone number.

You need to be consistent with NAP on all the platform, everywhere you need to provide this information and correct.

Google keeps an eye on these things because if you provide false information people will get bad experience and that Google doesn’t want So after it found this bounce rate of your site.

Google will not rank your site.

9. Mobile Responsiveness: –

Google’s mobile-first indexing has now rolled out. This means Google looks at your mobile site first, not your desktop site.(source)

Mobile-friendly sites get good ranking in less time because it is most preferable by the user.

Most of the searches are done on mobile rather than desktop.

And to stand out in mobile, you need to make your website fast enough and optimized to give the user a better experience.

If your site is fully mobile-friendly then Google will rank your site much higher than your competitors who do not have a mobile-friendly website.

Now it’s time for The Nitty Gritty Local SEO Ranking Signals: –

If you have all the basics covered, it is time to look at some of the more in-depth local ranking signals.

10. Structured Data Mark-up: –

Structured Data Mark-up is a great way to make the crawler understand very clearly about your business.

You can use Structured Data Mark-up in several ways: –

  • Multiple departments.
  • Hours.
  • Address.
  • Menu
  • Website
  • Phone number

These are Highly Recommended by Google. You can add mark-ups using Google’s guide or a tool like Schema.


11. Click-Through Rates (CTR) from Search Results: –

Click-Through Rate gives a clear idea to Google about your site that how much your site is engaging.

If your CTR is good then it gives Google signal that your site contains a good content which people are liking it.

So, this thing will rank your site higher.

But if your CTR is less then Google will Reduce its ranking because people are not clicking on your site.


12. Localized Content: –

Make sure you provide organized contend and consistently publishing content where you can organically include your key term and location.

Provide everything that people are searching for your keywords.

Write about local events, take part in local funding’s and other many things to bring the crowd to your site.

It must be well organized.

13. On-page Optimization for local SEO: –

Optimize your keywords with the location that will give your site a better ranking locally.   

For example- what you search in google for a car repair shop in Google Search?

That must “car repair + your location” this will show the results which include that location in their title.

So we also need to put our local location in our keywords or titles.

Use your key term and location in your title and meta descriptions when possible.

14. Different Links: –

We have no doubt that links matter a lot in SEO and it also matters in the local SEO as well.

A good profile link can do wonders and increase the trust of the website locally.

High-quality links matter a lot to beat the competition.

You want a range of inbound links that are relevant, are authoritative and were gained organically.

Your links must be from different sites, from a single site too many links does not play a good role.

Try to take links from high DA sites and different sits.

Try to add your location in your inbound links, this will really give a good authority to your site.

15. Domain Authority of Your Website: –

Domain Authority is the factor that directly affects your ranking.

The larger Domain Authority will produce a good amount of traffic and trust in your site.

It makes your site easily rank locally.

High DA is achieved by getting follow links from high DA sites and good content.

Increasing your domain authority isn’t a quick or easy process, but it can pay off handsomely.

Conclusion: –

Two best things you can do to increase your ranking are: –

  • Claim and optimize great your Google My Business

Very effectively, provide images, videos, and Reviews to your site listing.

  • Make a very solid link profile, create up to the point content, and systematic with both local and keywords. And last, optimize your meta description and title.

If you do these things, I can bet you that your local ranking will definitely increase but it will take time if you are in a competitive field.

As we know SEO takes time to rank but it ranks definitely if we do our work consistently.

Any suggestion or Doubt you can freely ask me in the comment section.

Thank you!


Pranjal Parihar

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