BY Laura Crimmons
Many businesses are making the mistake in thinking that, because Google+ hasn’t really taken off as a social platform, they shouldn’t bother with it. This in fact is not true, and as this post will explain, Google+ can actually help with your SEO strategy by maximising visibility in SERPs.
Google+ Local (replacing Google Places) is a great tool that all businesses, but in particular small and medium businesses, should be utilising. Google reports that 20% of all searches and 40% of mobile searches have local intent and that 97% of consumers search online for local businesses. This means that if you’re not taking steps to optimise visibility for local searches, you’re missing out!
By being set up in Google+ local you have three chances to show up in searches; in Google’s usual SERPs, Google Maps and also in local search in Google+: