Question: If you’re an online company whose products are sold and purchased online (or at various retailers), is it all but impossible to get onto Yelp? I’ve attempted to list our company, but unfortunately we were rejected and removed because we don’t have a physical location where we sell from. Advice
Answer: Unfortunately, I think not. Both Yelp and Google Local are really focused on local search, and thereby on brick and mortar stores in the local area, or on service companies that service a local area (such as web designers or plumbers). It isn’t really for online businesses.
That said, if your customers DO search using local geographics as in ‘Bay Area Web Design,’ you can use those geographic terms on your home page. We do this on our home page for terms like ‘SEO Training Houston’ because even though we are national, and online, many of our students start their searches with those city names in the search query box.
Got a question? Click this link to email Jason or call 888-993-1122. Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.
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