Do you keep seeing terms like “city landing pages” and “service area pages” mentioned on Local SEO blogs and find yourself wondering if this form of marketing is a good match for your business? The topic of landing pages has been super-active in the Moz Q&A Forum recently, and I’ve written this post to honor all of these great questions we’re getting. This guide defines different types of local landing pages and identifies four distinct business models united by the need to earn visibility for local-focused Internet searches. By reading this guide, you will not only become fluent in the subject of local landing pages, but will also be ready to implement the right types of pages for your unique business.
Single-location service area business
This is the plumber working out of his house and traveling to clients in a 30 mile radius, the caretaker who sets out from her office each day to provide in-home services to elders, and the tow truck operator going out from a truck yard to rescue stranded drivers. If you travel from your home or office to serve customers, rather than them coming to you for services, your business is the definition of a single-location service area business (an SAB). You have a dedicated street address and a local phone number, but you don’t expect your customers to come to you.
To my recollection, this is the precise business model around which the term “city landing page” first came into common usage in the Local SEO industry, and this form of marketing has evolved, in part, in an effort to counteract some of Google’s bias toward physical location. When Google created their local product, it was definitely more geared toward brick-and-mortar businesses than SABs, and it remains so to this day.
Most SABs will be unable to obtain rankings in Google’s local pack of results for any city other than the one in which they are physically located, and this leaves business owners wondering how they can accurately represent the fact that they serve in a variety of locations. The answer is to pursue organic rankings, rather than local ones, for these other service cities. Developing landing pages on the company website is one of the key techniques for achieving this desired visibility.