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Local SEO Services 2018-06-20T19:05:02-04:00

Boost Enrollments Using Google’s Local Pack

Local Pack

When a Google search is performed that is interpreted by Google to be requesting results that have locations, Google almost always returns a local pack.

The local pack is a set of three results, marked on a map, that typically appear above all other search results. The local pack contains only results that are geographically near the searcher, and Google is extremely confident it actually exists at the location they claim.

When someone searches for a school, they almost certainly are going to be using Keywords that will return a local pack – for example “schools near me”, “local school”, or “schools in {city}”. Thus, the first three schools the searcher is likely to see will be those that are chosen for the local pack. Being one of those schools for searches in your community is of great importance, and we can help with that!

How It Works

There are three crucial steps in optimizing your school’s online presence locally. It is important to understand that Google’s top priority when it comes to local search results is ensuring the NAP information (Name / Address / Phone Number) for each location is correct. Google gains confidence when this information is both consistent and as specific as possible across Google My Business, the landing page(s) of your school, and other authoritative online directories.

Google My Business


Our first step will be making sure that your Google My Business account (GMB) has:

  • Optimized and correct NAP information
  • The most specific category available
  • Verified status – we will guide you through this process if it is not already verified
  • Unique entries and corresponding landing pages for each campus of your school (if applicable)
Landing Pages


Next, we need to make sure that the landing page(s) on your school’s website are optimized in the following ways:

  • If your school has multiple campuses, there should be a unique landing page for each campus with NAP information specific to that location.
  • We will ensure the NAP information across your site is consistent with the optimized information set in your GMB account in Step 1.
  • The NAP information across your site will be implemented as schema.org structured data to make it easy for Google to understand.
  • We will include localization Keywords in key areas of your landing page(s) if appropriate.
Important Citations


The final step has to do with managing online citations for your school:

  • First, we will perform an audit to locate existing citations in authoritative directories.
  • We will then ensure that all existing citations are consistent with the NAP information used in Step 1 and Step 2. This level of consistency is crucial to be considered trustworthy by Google.
  • Finally, we will identify the highest value citations that your school is currently missing, as per your budget. New citations will be added to these directories.

When the three steps above are complete, your school should have a consistent and trustworthy local presence in Google’s eyes. These are the types of search results that Google wants to display in the local pack.