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?