Search Engine Optimization experts (who also call themselves SEOs) know there are many important aspects of optimizing a website for Google’s 100+ variable ranking algorithms. SEO-friendly code, consistent Meta data, keyword-rich content, inbound-links, reviews and social indicators, just to name a few. However, even before keyword research begins, marketers should consider how the brand would be optimized across one or multiple sites.
Many times, small- to medium-sized providers develop websites for each community location. From a purely SEO perspective, it’s an uphill battle for these sites to rank successfully for anything other then the community’s brand name and geolocation. Most single-community sites have a tough time leveraging brand, content, and inbound links, thus having little to no domain and page rank authority which limits their search potential.
There has been a lot of recent debate on how Google manually and algorithmically favors brands. Most SEOs agree that if you’re not building a strong brand, you will struggle with effective search marketing. Many believe it’s better to optimize a brand on a single site and domain – not for User Experience (UX) and conversation optimization – but to maximize search potential.
Content is still “King.” In order for any site, large or small, to rank in the SERP results for any keyword, short or long-tale, it needs tons of keyword-rich copy. Developing well-optimized content for multiple sites can be challenging, both from a cost and content management standpoint. SEOs know you can’t just post the same blog or article to each community site (especially when sites are closely linked) without risking duplicate content penalties and low Page Rank.
Generating quality inbound links (Page Rank 5/10 or higher) is a crucial SEO strategy. A good inbound-link strategy goes beyond just linking your sites together, it’s driving quality inlinks from other sites with similar content with high Page Rank. Like content development, inbound-link development can be costly and time intensive. Soliciting and acquiring quality inbound links to a single site and domain is much more effective than trying to drive inlinks to multiple sites and domains, which could dilute your SEO link juice.
Bottom line: Can you develop a successful local SEO strategy based on multiple sites and domains? Yes. However, if you’re looking for a holistic SEO strategy that includes local and organic search optimization, think about combining multiple sites and domains into one single optimized brand site. Your users and conversion rate will thank you.
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