Who is Local SEO Community for?

Local SEO Community is for anyone who wants to discuss and learn more about local SEO and Google My Business tips and strategies.

We welcome people who work in local SEO (agencies, freelancers), as well as small business owners, large business owners, and anyone in between.

What is local SEO, and how is it different from normal SEO?

Local SEO is the practice of increasing the search visibility of brick-and-mortar businesses.

For example, a restaurant doesn't need to worry about ranking globally for the search term "food".

Rather, that restaurant just wants to show up at the top of the map search results (AKA Map Pack) when people search "food" in their area.

Is it free to join?

Yes! Until we reach 1,000 members, everyone who joins will receive a free-for-life membership 😊

After we pass 1,000 members, there will be an annual membership fee for anyone who wants to join, but free-for-life members will never need to pay anything.

There are currently 525 members on Local SEO Community (as of October 8, 2020).

Do I need to be active in the community?

You can participate as little or as much as you want (although we encourage you to be as active as possible!) Members receive a weekly email recapping the top posts from the community.

Why is it a paid community, and why not just have a Facebook group for this?

Good question. This actually started as a Facebook group, but we have moved, and here are a few reasons why:

1. Posts in Facebook groups cannot be found via a Google search. With this community, everything will be publicly accessible and indexed by Google, so your questions and answers can be found in the future by others who have the same questions (the paywall will only come into play once someone tries to comment/post).

2. Putting a paywall on the community keeps it higher-quality and (hopefully) spam-free. Most free Facebook groups are littered with spam, and require way too many hours a week just to block spammers.

3. Facebook ultimately owns everything in a Facebook group, and could decide to delete a group at any time. Hosting the community here gives much more control.

Can I spam the community?

Please don't. You will be permanently removed if you do.