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Moving from Local SEO to National SEO

Writing by Nick Stamoulis in SEO

Generally speaking, there are two different types of SEO campaigns, local SEO and national SEO. While the two campaigns typically take the same process there are certain differences. A local SEO campaign targets localized keywords and focuses on building links from local profiles and other local sites whereas a national SEO campaign targets broad keywords and there are typically more relevant link building opportunities.

While it’s rare, there may be some instances in which a local business that is currently implementing a local SEO campaign decides that they want to broaden their market. For example, there may be a local fashion boutique that has always considered itself to be a local business and has only targeted people within the area with marketing efforts. However, as the business grew and people started talking about the designer with their friends, the business owner may find that people are interested in the product from outside of the local area. How do you capitalize on that from an SEO perspective?

Essentially there are two options. If the local business has found success with a local SEO campaign and is driving lots of local traffic, it’s important to keep the current website as is and continue with local link building in order to maintain that success. It’s going to take time to establish a national presence and the local presence is going to remain the bread and butter of your business for quite some time. In order to target a national audience, a second website should be created with a new domain. Because the site will be targeting broad, national keywords that are very competitive, the content component of the new website and the marketing strategy behind the new website is very important. The new website should incorporate a blog that is updated every day with content that is applicable to a national audience. The age of a site plays a huge role in SEO success, so it’s best to focus on the content for the first two years before getting into much link building. Then, after year two the link building can be more aggressive. Even with the strongest SEO campaign, it will take 5-7 years to really start to see any kind of traction.

An alternative option is to utilize the current site in order to leverage the established history and trust of that site. Add a blog to the site that takes a generic approach and don’t include local keywords in the blog posts. Update the blog at least 3 times a week for the best results. Over time the blog will generate long tail visitors from the search engines and generate more clients/customers that aren’t local. Due to the cost and time savings alone, this is typically the better option that will drive national visitors over time.

The decision to go from a local SEO campaign to a national one should be considered wisely. It can take a long time to be recognized as a national company. In many cases, it may just be best to stick to the local SEO strategy that has been working so well.

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