Expert Local Business Link Building Survey

Expert Local Business Link Building Survey
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Key Findings
  • 89% of local SEO experts prioritize link building for their local business clients
  • 100% of local SEO experts think link building is effective for boosting businesses' local search rankings
  • Experts name local news sites, community sites, and insight sites are the most valuable link sources for local businesses
  • Short personal emails have become more important in link building, while detailed emails have dropped in popularity
  • The most valuable strategy for building local backlinks is through relationships with businesses and influencers, while sharing on social media is least valued

It’s clear, local link building is a vital factor when trying to achieve success in local rankings. But, how do leading local marketers approach getting backlinks, and what do they think makes a good local link?

To find out, we asked a small group of local SEO experts to share their opinions and experiences of building local business backlinks – and their insights are fascinating.

This is the second year we’ve run this report, so this year, we’ve compared both year’s findings to see what’s changed in local link building. To note, there was a slightly different number of experts taking part this year, so small rises or drops may be attributed to this, rather than big link building trend shifts.

A huge thank you to the SEO experts for sharing their excellent insights, including Megan Lindsey and Cory Agular from Search Influence. If you have any ideas or experiences you’d like to share about your local link building experiences, please let us know in the comments below.


Questions

  1. Is link building a task you prioritize for your local business clients?
  2. How effective is link building for boosting local businesses’ search rankings?
  3. Are links more or less important to local business search rankings than 12 months ago?
  4. Will acquiring links become easier or more difficult this year?
  5. What is the biggest problem or misconception about the value of links to local SEO?
  6. What are the most valuable link sources for boosting search rankings for local businesses?
  7. If a local business asked you how many links they should aim to get each month, what would you say?
  8. How valuable are the following strategies when building new backlinks to local business sites?
  9. How valuable are the following attributes when building new backlinks to local business sites?
  10. Approximately how much should local businesses aim to be spending to acquire each link?
  11. Which link building outreach processes do you find most effective?
  12. In your opinion, what makes a local business link building campaign successful?

Is link building a task you prioritize for your local business clients?

Is link building a task you prioritize for your local business clients?

Since last year, there has been a slight growth in the proportion of experts reporting link building as a priority for their clients. While there was a slight dip in the number of experts saying that it isn’t more important than other optimization tasks, it’s clear that for most, link building is key to local SEO success.

And it’s no wonder the experts put link building first. In the latest Moz Local Search Ranking Factors Survey, link signals were rated the most important localized organic ranking factor, and the second most important local pack factor.

Expert Insights

Meh, links! With respect to local SEO, quality links are the competitive difference-maker. It's not that citations, content, technical, etc, aren't important, they are. But links tend to make the difference. And when I say "quality," I don't mean Domain Authority. Focus on local and topically relevant links. Give people a reason to link to your pages beyond begging, bartering, and buying.

Gyi Tsakalakis AttorneySync
Gyi Tsakalakis

How effective is link building for boosting local businesses' search rankings?

How effective is link building for boosting local businesses' search rankings?

Link building is an effective way to boost local businesses’ performance in SERPs. Every expert in the panel agreed link building boosts local search rankings, with more experts saying this year that this is ‘very effective’.

And, if you’re looking to rank outside of your local area, Brian Barwig wrote a great blog here to help.

Expert Insights

Link building is expensive, but with consistent investment, search visibility can increase, sometimes dramatically.

Joel Headley PatientPop
joel headley

I think we need to completely revamp link building and really work on brand building instead. The links follow. Building the brand builds the business's reputation in their community – which will reap more benefits than just a link.

Carrie Hill Ignitor Digital
carrie hill

You can read all of the SEO studies you want. At the end of the day links are still the main driver after you have your ducks in a row.

Casey Meraz JurisDigital
Casey Meraz

Are links more or less important to local business search rankings than 12 months ago?

Are links more or less important to local business search rankings than 12 months ago?

Links remain as important to local search rankings as they were in 2018.

This year, 11% of the panel report link building being more important than last year, while in 2018, 25% of the experts said it had become more important. But with a growing number of experts believing link building to be very effective at boosting rankings, it’s unlikely link building could be much more important to local search rankings.

Expert Insights

I hate the term "link building" – instead we encourage clients to build their brands and work hard to become the best business they can be, with high customer ratings. Get involved in their communities and spread that community karma around. This leads to structured and unstructured citations and links.

Carrie Hill Ignitor Digital
carrie hill

Will acquiring links become easier or more difficult this year?

Will acquiring links become easier or more difficult this year?

For the second year running, it seems like link building’s set to get tougher.

Securing quality backlinks can be time-consuming, and often leads to rejection or being ignored. But, when you do achieve that ever-important link, it can feel pretty rewarding!

For local businesses with low budgets and limited time, it may be tempting to prioritize more immediately gratifying marketing tactics.

While local businesses may be less likely to have multiple links, they may be a little more aware of the benefits of citations and reviews to your local search rankings. This means that those building great backlinks have a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

Expert Insights

The biggest problem is getting value for budget on the SMB side. Often they just don't have the monthly budgets necessary to move the needle in competitive industries in competitive markets. On the other side, when you have a larger link building engagement it requires the ability to do everything you are already doing with link building bigger, stronger and faster. That requires really focusing on your operations (including people operations) and what you can automate.

Dan Leibson Local SEO Guide
dan leibson

We can do research for clients, make contacts for them and give recommendations. However, the business and its staff need to take an active role in helping to build their brand via local links and citations within their market area. We rarely take on clients who don't have the necessary budget and buy in for local brand building.

Mary Bowling Ignitor Digital
Mary Bowling

Don't be afraid if you get told no. Keep trying. When it comes to outreach quantity can make a difference.

Casey Meraz JurisDigital
Casey Meraz

What is the biggest problem or misconception about the value of links to local SEO?

Experts were asked to share their thoughts.

Expert Insights

That we still talk about "links" at all. Local businesses should be much more concerned with building quality relationships and mentions of their brand as opposed to links themselves. Google has gotten incredibly good at identifying semantic relationships between entities. IMO they no longer need the "a href" to make that logical connection.

David Mihm ThriveHive
David Mihm

The biggest misconception is that Google doesn't want your business to build links. The reason links improve visibility is because Google values them as a proxy for how valuable and authoritative a local business is for what they do and where they serve.

Dev Basu Powered by Search
dev basu

Links don't appear to impact the local pack results nearly as much as they impact organic rankings.

Joy Hawkins Sterling Sky
Joy Hawkins

The biggest misconceptions are: 1) That getting good links is optional; 2) That the client doesn't need to be involved, and 3) That citation-building is enough.

Phil Rozek Local Visibility System
Phil Rozek

That there is a focus on volume. In fact, quality and relevance of links are far more important.

Alex Jones Hallam
Alex Jones

The biggest misconception is that acquiring backlinks can be scaled. I often hear people using the word "scale" in the same sentence as link building. To do it effectively and in a way that Google is OK with you need to put in the time, effort and expertise.

Colan Nielsen Sterling Sky
Colan Nielsen

That no-followed links aren't worthwhile. Heck, even Gary Ilyse from Google said that publicly: "Nofollow links don't have value."

Mary Bowling Ignitor Digital
Mary Bowling

What are the most valuable link sources for boosting search rankings for local businesses?

Which are the most valuable link sources for boosting search rankings for local businesses?

The experts were able to choose up to three choices.

In the last year, local news sites have improved in perception among the experts, now being the most valued among the panel. Agencies should be aware of the local sites that present the biggest opportunity for the client’s local area – beyond the biggest local paper.

Interestingly, .edu and .gov sites saw a drop. Could this be in part down to the comparable difficulty in achieving these links?

High domain authority sites are also less important compared to last year. While many local business clients may be impressed with a backlink on a high DA site, ultimately, it’s better to focus on the local or industry-specific sites that potential customers use.

Expert Insights

Instead of thinking, "We need links" think about how to build a better local brand. Have you identified who your target customers are and what their interests are? There's a myriad of ways to get involved with the local community that align with the interests of your potential customers. Build a better, local brand.

Blake Denman RicketyRoo
Blake Denman

A business should be genuinely concerned about and involved in their local community. Beyond a typical sponsorship, a business may be able to utilize its skill set and resources to help local non-profits with specific needs they have. It should also be a priority for the business to be a true expert in their industry. Their website can help convey this by providing quality answers to questions potential customers are out there searching for.

Tom Waddington Wachae
Tom Waddington

The mindset to have when doing local link building is the "get by giving away" approach where there's never any clues or hints about your hidden agenda. Give to the community and neighboring businesses with authenticity and you almost never need to even ask for the link.

Steve Wiideman Wiideman Consulting Group
Steve Wiideman

Spend more time researching link opps, so you can find a wide variety. There's a link opportunity for everyone, even for a deadbeat client.

Phil Rozek Local Visibility System
Phil Rozek

Do not stop at citations. Links have always been core to marketing/SEO. Yes, citations are easy to get, but a nice steady stream of quality links from other sources is great. You get an A+ grade if you are building links that generate traffic as well.

Ben Fisher Steady Demand
Ben Fisher

If a local business asked you how many links they should aim to get each month, what would you say?

Experts were asked to share their thoughts.

Expert Insights

It depends.

Dan Leibson Local SEO Guide
dan leibson

Firstly, it's not about volume, it's about quality, particularly for local businesses. Secondly, it completely varies by category. In a non-competitive space like a long-tail machine parts manufacturer, a couple of quality links a year could make a meaningful difference to their business. In a hyper-competitive space like personal injury law, those firms should probably be aiming for a half-dozen to a dozen high-quality links per month.

David Mihm ThriveHive
David Mihm

It varies greatly based on the industry. We have some clients that only really get a handful of [good] links a year and do really well with that. Others are stacked up against competitors that have hundreds of linking domains.

Joy Hawkins Sterling Sky
Joy Hawkins

Don't get too caught up in numbers. 50 directory links might not be as powerful as one sponsorship link. It's really about quality over quantity with link building. Aim for links that your competitors will have a hard time getting on highly authoritative pages.

Casey Meraz JurisDigital
Casey Meraz

How many woodchucks would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Blake Denman RicketyRoo
Blake Denman

I would look at the industry average and maybe even at the local level per location to come with a 30,000ft view of the landscape, and then dig into the intersecting opportunities of competitor-earned links to focus link efforts where it puts our location into the semantic web and not out in left field.

Steve Wiideman Wiideman Consulting Group
Steve Wiideman

There is no such thing as link velocity! SEOs made this term up in the 2000s. The right answer here is that there is no magic number, in some industries and markets more links may be needed. Focus instead, on the question, "Will getting more links build the quality traffic to my site?"

Ben Fisher Steady Demand
Ben Fisher

That will depend on the client's vertical, their market, and what other competition priorities they are facing. There isn't a one-size-fits-all for this.

Adam Dorfman Reputation.com
Adam Dorfman

It really depends on the industry. A truly local business doesn't need more than a few to a handful each month. Hyperlocal businesses without much competition can get as few links as a handful a year and be competitive.

Will Scott Search Influence
Will Scott

There is no definitive answer. It depends upon the niche, location, and competition. Some businesses need to build dozens of links per month in order to stay competitive and rank in the Local Pack. Other businesses may have minimal competition or reside in a small market and not need anything more than directory links. In my opinion, the best approach is to create link worthy content, sponsor local activities in the community, and outreach for links every month.

Brian Barwig IntegrateDigitalMarketing
brian barwig

How valuable are the following strategies when building new backlinks to local business sites?

How valuable are these strategies when building new backlinks to local business sites?

Most Valued Link Building Strategies

  1. Building relationships with local businesses and influencers (#4 last year)
  2. Creating research-based content (#5)
  3. Sponsoring local charities and organizations (#1)
  4. Creating resources with a local focus (#3)
  5. Hosting community events (#6)

Least Valued Link Building Strategies

  1. Sharing on social media
  2. Links in social profiles
  3. Creating infographics
  4. Advertorial
  5. Commenting in blogs and forums

This year, building relationships with local businesses and influencers has become the most highly-valued local link building strategy.

Creating research-based content has also become more valued by link building experts. Local businesses can attract a lot of links by demonstrating their expertise, and providing original insights into industry-relevant topics. However, this can require a higher time investment than some of the other ‘paid for’ strategies.

Expert Insights

It's helpful when the business is actively involved in the local community, takes care of their customers, and is focused on growing their brand.

Tom Waddington Wachae
Tom Waddington

A challenge we've seen when it comes to digital marketers understanding the value of links is the idea that pursued links are somehow more valuable than earned links. The whole idea of organic is to build content that's so helpful that others who find it (through good keyword research and page design strategy) want to curate, reference and link to it. Outreach, such as how this study was built, should be for contribution, not to ask for a link.

Steve Wiideman Wiideman Consulting Group
Steve Wiideman

I think some of the most valuable links my clients have received is awards they have won because they aren't just a link. They come with bragging rights that can help bring in more conversions.

Joy Hawkins Sterling Sky
Joy Hawkins

If you are doing things the right way, link opportunities will happen naturally in the long run. For instance, if you use HARO a lot, then people will start coming to you for interviews. If you sponsor a local event, others may reach out to you. If you are on a webinar, another host may reach out to you. If you do nothing, expect nothing.

Ben Fisher Steady Demand
Ben Fisher

"Guest blogging" done right still does and still will be incredibly effective despite Google's indications to the contrary. Getting a regular column in your local newspaper or neighborhood blog as a subject matter expert is exactly the kind of content that Google should (and does) want to reward. Far more importantly: you're getting in front of your exact target customer base, so what do you care if Google rewards or punishes you for that behavior? If the content is topically-relevant to the source website on which it's published, it still matters and unless you "fish with dynamite" the odds that Google would ever detect let alone punish that kind of legitimate brand building is preposterous.

David Mihm ThriveHive
David Mihm

There is so much variation in link building depending on the size and type of local business. Each business vertical and type will have its own strengths and weaknesses. For us, we focus heavily on research, talking about our results (positive and negative), regularly iterating on our methods and scaling what we can (research and prospecting) as aggressively as possible. It can be a challenge doing this while still maintaining tight quality control and requires investing in the people operations necessary to continue to grow the program.

Dan Leibson Local SEO Guide
dan leibson

How valuable are the following attributes when building new backlinks to local business sites?

How valuable are these attributes when building new backlinks to local business sites?All four of the above attributes were valued by the majority of the panel.

Quality and authority is the most important attribute of a good local backlink. However, remember to split these across a diverse range of sources, rather than just one great source.

Expert Insights

As a heuristic, aim for as many quality inbound links a possible. That said, a lot of local businesses miss the boat on link building, so the bar is often low on what it actually takes to create a defensible advantage in the SERPs.

Dev Basu Powered by Search
dev basu

You need diversity across your incoming backlinks; a natural backlink profile includes links from many different root domains with diverse keywords to various pages of your website. There are certainly quick and easy ways to get backlinks to a website, but they’re likely to be low-quality links. You need to follow a process or strategy and know exactly what it is you want from every backlink. But please remember that any links you acquire, need to be natural and relevant.

Alex Jones Hallam
Alex Jones

It's 2019 and I still find myself educating customers on basic concepts like Quality > Quantity on a regular basis.

Adam Dorfman Reputation.com
Adam Dorfman

Approximately how much should local businesses aim to be spending to acquire each link?

Experts were asked to share their thoughts.

Of course, there’s no one size fits all answer for this. Respondents suggested between $100 to $1,000, but as any local marketer will know, it depends.

Expert Insights

I would never think in these terms or want my clients to think in these terms.

Mary Bowling Ignitor Digital
Mary Bowling

I wouldn't think of it that way. I'd think in terms of: how badly do you want "free" visibility, and would you rather invest money or invest time?

Phil Rozek Local Visibility System
Phil Rozek

This is highly subjective based on market – links/sponsorships with local resources in NYC are much more expensive than they are in Glenwood Springs, CO

Carrie Hill Ignitor Digital
carrie hill

Any costs for link building should be the labor to acquire them and not payment to webmasters. Bought links are problematic in a few ways. 1. They're against Google's guidelines. 2. A webmaster can arbitrarily remove them. 3. earned links are more likely to be high value. Depending on tactics, a link may be acquired in minutes or hours and therefore may range in cost from tens to thousands of dollars – well worth it if you're in a competitive category.

Will Scott Search Influence
Will Scott

This typically depends on the quality of the link you're trying to get. If you need to create an interactive resource that will earn links it will require a lot of development work, research, and design time. This could earn 10-20 links but the development could cost thousands to create the resource plus the time it takes to do outreach. Instead of focusing on how much you should pay for a link, really think about what resource you can create that will be better than anything out there. It should add long-term value to your customers, your website, and earn links.

Casey Meraz JurisDigital
Casey Meraz

It's important that businesses measure paid placement fees and resource time when looking at costs when it comes to link building. For example, a $500 lawyers.com link may have required 2 hours of phone calls and an hour of filling out information, or 8 hours of time from a content writer. If one had to aim for a per link maximum cost, they might use the following criteria and create a tiered model based on the value: 1) Likelihood of receiving referral traffic; 2) Likelihood of getting a massive amount of local eyeballs on the content (such as local news); and 3) Likelihood of the linking page earning links on its own. Perhaps $200 to $400 for each of those criteria met may be a good starting point.

Steve Wiideman Wiideman Consulting Group
Steve Wiideman

Which link building outreach processes do you find most effective?

Which link building outreach processes do you find most effective?The experts were able to choose up to three choices.

A slow-burn approach to building relationships is the most effective outreach approach among this year’s panel. Focusing on building real, reciprocal relationships over time pays dividends – but, of course, takes time.

Interestingly, detailed personal emails are significantly less valued among experts than last year, while short personal emails have become slightly more effective. Popular websites and contacts are likely to receive a high number of outreach requests, so perhaps it’s more valuable to receive shorter, to-the-point, messages.

Expert Insights

Look at it as networking your business, and approach potential partners with that same mindset. Don't use the word "link" right away – create a great relationship that encourages sharing of customers/clients/information.

Carrie Hill Ignitor Digital
carrie hill

Links should be viewed as an outcome of a relationship, not as a transactional currency. It depends on the specific link itself. If it's on the homepage of your local newspaper, you might spend years building the relationship. If it's a casual mention in the social feed of an influencer because you produced a really amazing piece of content, you might not even contact the person directly; it might just happen organically.

David Mihm ThriveHive
David Mihm

Your local business should strive to become an institution in your community. Most business owners understand this when it comes to building up reviews, sponsoring local community events and charities, and participating in their BIA. Where they miss the boat is translating that goodwill into a program that pays dividends online. Link building is about building relationships, online, at scale.

Dev Basu Powered by Search
dev basu

In your opinion, what makes a local business link building campaign successful?

Experts were asked to share their thoughts.

Expert Insights

Long term relationships with publishers that help grow content distribution.

Joel Headley PatientPop
joel headley

Buy in and active participation from the business and its staff.

Mary Bowling Ignitor Digital
Mary Bowling

A steady increase in quality and relevant referring domains, and making sure that the backlink profile is well-rounded and diverse.

Alex Jones Hallam
Alex Jones

Creating meaningful relationships, attaining links, creating buzz/traffic to the website or asset you are promoting, and most of all - turning web traffic into a client/sale for the business.

Brian Barwig IntegrateDigitalMarketing
brian barwig

Improved organic and maps rankings and ultimately more organic and referral traffic. And, of course, more sales

Will Scott Search Influence
Will Scott

Do the links help achieve a business objective?

Gyi Tsakalakis AttorneySync
Gyi Tsakalakis

If there's a direct impact on the business's bottom line whether it's as a result of improved rankings and traffic from a link building campaign or an increase in business because they were "exposed" to the brand during the campaign.

Blake Denman RicketyRoo
Blake Denman

Years and years of building relationships with influencers, reporters, and authors.

Colan Nielsen Sterling Sky
Colan Nielsen

You know you're successful when the links you build increase your rankings, and in turn, your form and phone leads.

Dev Basu Powered by Search
dev basu

If you can get links that are local, relevant, driving traffic and helping your overall SEO efforts, then you have done a good job. At the end of the day, link building, is only one of the activities you should focus on. Build out a strategy, define where you want to target your link acquisition, and execute.

Ben Fisher Steady Demand
Ben Fisher

For local businesses, link building can be incredibly helpful in standing out from the crowd. Links directly impact both local pack, and localized organic rankings, and yet, aren’t a focus for many local businesses. It’s great to see that local SEO experts prioritize link building – but do most local businesses?

We hope the insights above help marketers demonstrate the importance of links to their local business clients. Link building can be tough, but in the long-run can really help local businessese rise above their competitors in local search rankings.


Do you agree with the experts? Let us know your thoughts on link building in the comments below. 

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25 thoughts on “Expert Local Business Link Building Survey”

  1. Excited to see that Local Community Websites and Local News Websites are still relevant and important for Local SEO efforts. As David Mihm mentioned, utilizing traditional PR techniques to help SEO efforts is a great strategy. Great article BrightLocal!

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment!

      Yes, it certainly seems that these PR avenues haven’t diminished in value as others have flourished. At the end of the day, your link-building success is going to depend on how well you tailor it to the industry, location, and business in question.

      Glad you liked the survey!

      Jamie

  2. Hey Rosie, I noticed the mention of local news sites, but nothing about press releases.

    Would those go hand-in-hand? Do SEOs even consider press releases to still be a valid local link building strategy?

    Love the stats!

    1. Hi JL!

      We didn’t include press releases as they’re more of a method for getting in local news sites / industry sites, rather than a source themselves. Prior to joining the BrightLocal team I worked in PR, and there’s definitely still a place for press releases – as long as you have something to say, of course! A well-targeted press release makes life much easier to busy journalists, as it allows them to have all the key information without having to do too much extra research themselves. It can be a great way to get announcements or data out there en masse, but (anecdotally), lots of journalists want exclusive content specifically targeted to them. And, there aren’t really any decent free press release submission sites anymore – it’s far more important to build up a relationship with local news sites and really understand what’s newsworthy to them, and tailor releases to suit.

      Thanks!
      Rosie

  3. This is full of great insights; a big point for me is educating the business owner rather than saying I’ll take care of it all – it’s a long term team effort for sure.

  4. A great survey on local business link building influencer aspects. It takes great time and energy to do this kind of surveys. However, I am very surprised to find that most of the experts do not count local directories and social shares as valuable link building strategy. I was under impression that these two are most effective link building strategy for any local business.

    1. Hello Mausin,

      Agreed – although this isn’t to say that neither of these are important at all. Social shares are great for driving awareness and traffic to your brand, while directories are the foundations for local business = an integral layer, but needs links on top if you’re to really challenge your competitions.

      Thanks for reading!
      Rosie

  5. Love this new study! Great job Bright Local, and thank you to all the industry experts that shared as well. I would love to see a blog or case study about the best “local community websites” or how to find Local Community websites in your area.

    1. Great – glad you like it! Thanks again to the excellent experts for all their thoughts.

      And interesting thought, we’ll see what we can do!

      Thanks,
      Rosie

  6. I apologize in advance for being adversarial. FWIW I found the insights on best practices to be quite valuable.

    I just can’t get past the “How valuable is link building in the first place?” sections.

    Isn’t their an extreme amount of confirmation bias at play here?
    You’re asking people whose livelihood probably depends on other people believing link building is important if they THINK link building is very important.

    I’m not trying to troll, honest.

    Just look at general link building effectiveness questions 1-4. We have 0% of responses undermining the OPINION that link building is as effective and as important as ever. No one even responded that it might be slightly less important than it used to be.

    That would be a remarkable level of agreement if we had access to anything resembling empirical data for optimization tactics. But we don’t even have that, and somehow 0% dissenting opinions.

    Even a Colgate commercial will have 1 dentist that doesn’t recommend it. (Sorry couldn’t resist.)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Hi Evan,

      Thanks for your comment! Fair point – of course, our panel of local SEO experts believe in the importance of link building to local businesses today. We’re considering repeating this again next year – it’ll be interesting to see whether their opinions change in the next year. We wanted to demonstrate the views and insights of experts, but it’d also be really interesting to open this up to a larger audience of local businesses and local SEO consultants to see if their experiences match. Perhaps one for us to consider!

      Thanks!
      Rosie

  7. As an SEO Specialist with 8+ years experience, I would like to quote my opinion.

    “For local businesses, most important things are quality website, citations and links. Just creating citation profiles won’t help, make it active by getting reviews & ratings from local customers. Also, for links try to get niche relevant and local links.”

    – Hafis Ismail

  8. This survey confirms my thoughts – education of your clients is crucial, for if they don’t understand the importance of their brand and ongoing PR, any outsourced Local SEO efforts are going to be hamstrung. Our biggest challenge is ALWAYS educating our clients in their role in local SEO, because the usual approach by businesses is simply to ‘outsource’ their local PR and hope that it all turns out well.

    A great study here – many thanks for the resource.

    1. Thanks for your comment – really glad you enjoyed the study. We agree – local SEO needs input and buy-in from business owners to really maximise your chances of appearing in the best places for them.

  9. Really great insights! Also, “Link Earning” is my new favorite phrase. We tend to think so often, “what links can I get”. It’s an important reminder that links, especially the best links are earned through relationship building. It can be a challenge when working on behalf of a client but making sure that you and your client are really on the same page when link earning will make all the difference. Thanks for this great roundup!

    1. Glad you liked it, Danielle! Absolutely agree – truly valuable links take time, expertise and effort to attain. “Quick wins” aren’t a lasting strategy.

      Rosie

  10. 100% agree with them. Link building is huge (maybe the most important) when it comes to search engine rankings. I believe that finding a good link is coming harder than before. One day I would love to get a link back from a new sites. That would be cool.

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