Thanks for stopping by and checking out my local SEO tips. There is so much information floating around the net, it can be hard to determine what will help, and what won’t. Rest assured, the tips I will share with you in the short article will absolutely help you get off to a good start. Let’s dive in.
I am going to give you some local SEO tips that you can put to use, starting today. Here are the things you can do that will help your site start performing better in your niche:
- Optimize your site. Don’t overdo it here, but you MUST tell Google what you do and where you do it. If you don’t have that information in your domain name, then use your site title to do so. If you are a plumber in Omaha, a well optimized site title could be Brand Name | #1 Omaha Plumbing Company. Optimize your title a little, then maybe add related keywords a time or 2 in your content. Sound normal, and don’t overdo it! Also, add your NAP info into your footer. NAP = Name, Address, Phone #.
- Claim and Optimize you Maps listing. If you are a legitimate business, chances are Google knows about you. If you have not claimed your listing, do so immediately. You will want to have your NAP info be identical to your site’s here. Also, add hours, categories, and fill it out as completely as you can. A great local SEO tip here is to Geo Tag your images. There is a lot of info on the web about how to do this, so just give it a quick search and you will be good to go.
- Get those citations! Citations will help your Maps rankings, as well as give your website a nice foundation of branded links. Most of these will be nofollow links, but do carry weight and are very important. These are sites like Yelp, Manta, YellowPages, CitySearch etc, and you can create FREE listings on all of them. They will definitely try to get you to advertise, which I think is unnecessary, but your decision. We are after the link we get from the sites. Make sure NAP info is EXACT here. If you don’t want to do this yourself, there are plenty of services available that build citations for you. I would be happy to help if you get stuck.
- Get social! If you don;’t have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,and Pinterest, get them. You will want to get these done and filled out as completely as possible. All will provide a nice link back to your site as well.
These are a few of my beginner local SEO tips. If you follow the tips from above, you will be off to a great start. In low competition niches, doing this might be enough to get your site and Maps listing ranking very high!
Self Build and DIY conservatories are a way of saving money on a new conservatory, but it's not something I can't recommend unless you have some building experience, are an enthusiastic and knowledgeable DIY'er or have trustworthy local builders and carpenters that can do all or some of the work with you.
Most DIY conservatories are off-the-shelf modular designs and while these may look satisfactory on a small modern building, it's unlikely that they will complement a period property or one with a distinctive design.
Similar problems will be experienced with uVPC conservatories or ones sourced from a superstore or a builders merchants catalog. Conservatories built in this way may save you money, but will probably stick out like a sore thumb on the back of your home and may even reduce the desirability of the property when you come to sell it, rather than add value to it.
A DIY Conservatory doesn't have to be a cheap looking mass-produced product if you invest in one from a bespoke conservatory designer with their own workshops and craftsmen. Contact one of these and they should be happy to discuss your self-build requirements with you and provide detailed drawings and plans. In fact they may be very happy to work with you, as they will be selling a conservatory and not have to do the installation work themselves!
However, before you get to this stage you need to choose the style of conservatory that will suit your home and your lifestyle. Take a look at conservatory websites and familiarize yourself with traditional conservatory designs such as Georgian and Victorian and the alternative modern and contemporary designs.
When you've chosen a design, you'll need to calculate the size of the conservatory. In my experience most people overestimate the size of the conservatory they need. So my tip is that you measure some of the rooms in your home and look at how much furniture you have in the space. Then go into your garden with some bricks, string or garden twine and measure out the size of the conservatory you would like on the ground in situ. Take some garden furniture and arrange it in your outlined space; mark the positions of doors from the house and into the garden so you can see the thoroughfares and then see how comfortably you can move around your furniture and how much space you need.
Then you'll need to get down to more practical matters. Find out whether any planning rules apply in your locality and what building rules there are that need to be followed. You'll also need to understand what type of foundations will need to be prepared depending on the ground conditions.
A good builder should be able to cope with these issues quite easily, but it is worth taking time to understand the processes involved so you can see what you may be able to undertake yourself and what you might find easier to sub-contract to local tradesmen . Most conservatory companies will have been through the process many times before and will be happy to advise you with the planning for diy conservatories.