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It is estimated that 43% of internet searches are seeking local products and services. A whopping 74% of local searches are conducted on mobile devices. This represents a wonderful opportunity for small businesses.

Whether you're a motel, dentist, plumber, furniture store or restaurant, it's imperative that you have a strong Google Maps or Places presence in order to capture those looking for local businesses like yours.

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Of all online searches conducted today, 47% of them are seeking local products and services. If you own a website, it's probable that your local market is highly important to you. Gone are the days of people using Yellow pages (book and online directory) to find local businesses. Google is the one and only directory you need.Whether you're a motel, plumber, accountant or cafe, Write Ahead can ensure you capture your local market by ensuring that your Google Maps (or Google Places) listing appears higher in the search results than your competitors. Local search SEO is part of Write Ahead's SEO services. We create, verify and optimise Google My Business listings for clients, as well as claim ownership of listings through Google for those who don't have login access to their listing.


Local Keyword Research and Competitive Analysis

First we’ll connect and discuss your online objectives and identify the most relevant and competitive search queries within your local market. Our SEO company will then best utilise these on your Google My Business listing and website.

Google My Business Setup 

If you offer a service or sell products, then you'll need a Google My Business listing. Currently there is a 3 pack of Google Maps listings that appear on page 1 of Google for common search queries online. These listings are considered to be the most important, trusted and best converting listings on page 1 of Google.

Google My Business Optimisation

Creating a Google My Business listing is simply not enough, particularly if you wish for it to rank ahead of your competitor's listings. Our Tauranga SEO services specialist will optimize your listing to help improve its visibility.


Citations are defined as mentions of your company name and address on other web pages. An example would be having a listing on a directory like Yellow pages. Citations are a essential component of the Google local search ranking algorithm.

Customer Review Strategy

Google considers user reviews of your business as a major influencing factor of your local search rankings. Reviews on TripAdvisor, directories and on your Google My Business listing are essential for gaining local search prominence.

On-Page Optimisation

If your website is to rank well in Google Maps then it will need to confirm to Google that it is relevant to local search queries. If you do a search for SEO Tauranga you'll see that www.writeahead.co.nz comes up first in Google Maps.

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what our customers say

With the help of Write Ahead, our two business websites Design Juice and The Vinyl Room have both had great increase in visits, thus resulting in more enquiries for Design Juice and more sales for The Vinyl Room. Our enquires for Design Juice are consistent and impressive. I have been using Write Ahead for our clients and constantly recommend and refer Write Ahead to businesses needing SEO assistance . I don’t think any business can not afford to have SEO on their websites it is a sales tool that is hugely important in todays business environment.
We recently had Write Ahead start looking after our Google Adwords campaigns which has not only left me with more time to focus on business development but has proven to be just as efficient and successful as the SEO work they do for us. Hand in hand, the SEO work and the Google AdWords campaign management - I cant recommend their services highly enough, not to mention the cost difference from Auckland based companies that provide similar industry services. Thanks to Write Ahead our business is continually growing due to the great online presence
Write Ahead was recommended to me by another SEO specialist, who said that they were the best he had found. I certainly agree with this statement and have found Dave’s search engine optimisation knowledge and expertise throughout our working relationship to be second to none. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, quick to respond to emails and able to simplify (what I find to be) a complex process. I continue to recommend Dave to other business owners who (like me) are impressed by his prompt, efficient service which is measurable and well executed. Thank you Dave for your work and efforts, we have noticed a significant increase in business through our website that has more than covered your fee.
Candle Creations first engaged Write Ahead in 2010 resulting in a significant increase in traffic to our website. Importantly, it was quality traffic bringing about a fantastic improvement in sales. We will keep using Write Ahead as we continue to grow & expand our business as Dave’s work can be directly correlated to our sales growth. I have no hesitation to recommend Dave & Write Ahead to anyone wanting to improve their website performance.