Improving Google page rank for a local business?


I'm working with a local business that has a storefront and an online catalog selling wine, and they're wondering how they can best improve their search engine results.

If you search for their actual business name, they're the top link returned, but if you merely put in something generic like 'wine' and the city name, they're sitting way back on the fourth page of results. They're not trying to compete with large wholesalers, but they would like greater exposure for when people search for local wine retailers.

What can they can do to improve their local search results? Would the most impact come from having their name and URL published on other sites that specifically focus on their geographic area? (Such as sites that do local business reviews or focus on local events such as wine tastings?)

I'm not an expert in SEO, so I would appreciate any feedback or ideas that I could pass on to them. Thanks!

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asked Oct 11 '11 at 09:00
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  • Maybe the best place to answer yourself this question is to read There are frequently posts about improving page rank, and stat analysis of ranking factors. – Ross 13 years ago
  • Thanks, I'll check them out. – Alex 13 years ago

3 Answers


The things you can get started on right away are:

  • ensure page titles begin with the keywords you are hoping most people will search for (e.g. Wine Merchant New York - Company Name)
  • ensure every page has a unique title
  • ensure you have a tag which contains your keywords on each page
  • ensure each page contains your keyword at least 4 times
  • make sure you have alt text on images and have some of them contain your key words

After you have the site in shape:

  • get a wordpress blog setup and create posts that contain your keywords, don't just key word stuff them but make them useful content e.g. great new wines, wines for red meat, local wines etc
  • you can then begin about link building campaign by link exchanging with business of mutual interest or you can buy links if you need to save time
answered Oct 11 '11 at 17:13
Lloyd S
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  • I would advise against buying links as Google seems to be able to detect and de-value those. – Deleted 13 years ago
  • Thanks, I'll pass these tips on to them. – Alex 13 years ago


The quickest thing you can do is get them on Google Places. It is a localised search and appears above search results anyway. The answer from Lloyd is good for SEO and you should follow those tips, but they will take time to eventuate. Google Places is a free way to get traffic through quicker.

I wrote a blog post on it here

answered Oct 11 '11 at 21:58
Joel Friedlaender
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  • Thanks, I'll pass on Lloyd's general advice, but I think this is more of what they are looking for! – Alex 13 years ago


Well lots of things panning out here. I would suggest you first have a very good guide written by Google on SEO. Local search is one thing and generic search is another thing ( don't confuse them ).

For Local search, i would suggest you lookup this post by Bruce Clay which neatly explains what you need to do for optimization for local based keywords.

answered Oct 11 '11 at 22:35
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  • Thanks for the good article link, I'll pass on the points to them. – Alex 13 years ago

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