The Difference In Local SEO And Organic SEO2 min read

The Difference In Local SEO And Organic SEO

If you’ve been actively marketing your business online, you’ve likely heard of local SEO and organic SEO. And it probably confused the ever-loving heck out of you. Don’t worry! We’ve got the answers to all your burning questions about local and organic search.

What is local SEO?

With local search (or SEO), the operative word is “local.” Users are mainly interested in the geographical component of whatever it is they’re searching. For example, if a user searches for industry + location, the search engine knows that the search has local intent. Search engines like Google, will also assume local intent in some searches, which is why some of your first results are local.

What is organic SEO?

Organic search happens when search engines decide there’s no local intent in the search, and the user isn’t really interested in the local component of the search topic. The user is usually looking for information rather than a specific location. An example of this would be if, instead of wanting to order a pizza (where you’d search locally for pizza delivery), you want a homemade pizza. So, you look up “pizza recipes,” and the search engine will try to give you the best, most relevant recipes.

Which is best?

That’s definitely the hard question to answer as they both have their usefulness in particular situations. So, the answer is: it depends. According to Revlocal, “Brick and mortar businesses with a physical office in a specific location will want to rank high in a local search. On the other hand, if you want your business to show up for certain search terms but not for a specific location, you want to try to rank higher in organic search.”

Keep in mind

Generally, to rank higher in search results, both organically and locally, it’s a must that your business is relevant to a specific search. And for that to be the case, you need to make sure your information is optimized. Read our blog post about it!

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