One of the easiest ways to improve local SEO efforts is to use Schema markup (Schema.org). Schema code can be added to a website and it helps search engines to identify text that is critically important.
Schema markup is used by search engines such as Google, Bing (the default search engine for Windows 10 devices and the Cortana assistant) and Yahoo. These search engines use this information, in conjunction with other information, to order local search engine results.
Schema markup can be used to confirm information such as the business name, phone number and address. The code can be used to go way beyond this though and examples are highlighted later on, in this ‘digital marketing how to’.
Schema code essentially allows search engines to recognise this important information easier and more precisely, as the code indicates that an address is an address. The code can be implemented to quickly help a business’s SEO efforts.
Schema.org believes that only 500,000 to 1,000,00 million domains are using its code worldwide (0.15 to 0.3 percent), meaning that your local competitors are unlikely to be using the code, which is open source and sponsored by the major search engines.
The Schema markup code is placed in the background HTML and is not visible on the business’s website itself. The code can only be viewed by website visitors who look at the website’s source code.
When Schema markup is used to identify content that is visible on a website, it doesn’t change how that content looks.
Here is an example of Schema markup code:
<span itemprop=”openingHours” content=”Tu,Th 16:00-20:00″>Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-8pm</span>
There are many Schema labels that can be used to help improve local SEO rankings and some of the most useful of these are shown below:
Schema markup code also exists for identifying local events and reviews. Reviews can be rated with a number of stars and this information is shown in Google search results.
To ensure that a business is correctly identified and thus will generate relevant local search engine traffic, its business type can be labeled and some of the most common examples are shown below:
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