24 Must-Know Local SEO Statistics

Local SEO has become an important element of digital marketing strategy helping businesses enhance online visibility and connect with local customers.

How popular are local searches? What are the top local SEO ranking factors?

Keep reading as we will cover answers to these questions with up-to-date local SEO statistics below.

4 in 5 consumers conduct searches with local intent on search engines (Google)
76% of consumers who search for “near me” visit a business within a day (Google)

88% of individuals who use a smartphone for a local search visit related store within a week (Google)
Local mobile searches with a variant of “can I buy” or “to buy” have increased by 500% over the past 2 years (Google)
46% of Google searches have local intent (Search Engine Roundtable)

Around 2 in 10 local searches on a smartphone led to a purchase within a day (Google)
According to surveyed marketers, the most impactful ranking factors on Google’s local pack include the primary Google Business Profile category, keywords in the Google Business Profile title, the proximity of address to the point of search (Whitespark)

Local Pack Ranking Factor

Primary Google Business Profile category

Keywords in Google Business Profile title

Proximity of address to the point of search

Physical address in the city of search

Removal of spam listings through spam fighting

High numerical Google ratings

Additional Google Business Profile categories

Quantity of native Google reviews

Verified Google Business Profile

Proximity of address to centroid

Keywords in Google Business Profile landing title

Completeness of Google Business Profile

The most significant local organic ranking factors according to local marketers are a dedicated page for each service, internal linking across the entire website, and quality/authority of inbound links to the domain (Whitespark)

Local Pack Ranking Factor

Dedicated page for each service

Internal linking across the entire website

Quality/authority of inbound links to domain

Geographic keyword relevance of domain content

Keywords in Google Business Profile landing page title

Quality of inbound links to the domain from locally relevant domains

Topical keyword relevance across the entire website

Volume of quality content on service pages

Volume of quality content on the entire website

Keywords in the anchor text of inbound links to the domain

Diversity of inbound links to the domain

Mobile-friendly/responsive website

Google may use 149 ranking factors for local searches (Whitespark)
The top five most trusted platforms consumers use to find information about local businesses are Google (66%), Google Maps (45%), business website (36%), Facebook (32%), and Yelp (32%) (Brightlocal)
92% of local SEO and marketing professionals claim to have experimented with ChatGPT.

Other commonly used AI tools by local SEO marketers include Bard (41%), BingGPT (28%), Jasper (28%), Copy.ai (22%) (eMarketer)
Worldwide searches on Google Maps for “shopping near me” have increased by more than 100% year over year (Google)
Among Apple users, 58.6% prefer to use Google Maps vs. 26.3% for Apple Maps when searching for local businesses (Brightlocal)
42% of people who conduct a local search click on results inside of the Google Maps Pack (Backlinko)
60% of mobile users have reached out to a business directly using the search results (Google)

75% of consumers say they “always” or “regularly” read online reviews when researching local businesses (Brightlocal)
The top five local SEO metrics marketers see as important are rankings in the Google Local Pack / Local Finder (52%), new leads/enquiries (42%), Google organic rankings (41%) (Brightlocal)
According to marketers, the most valuable local SEO services are Google Business Profile management (76%), content creation (53%), and citation building/cleanup (43%) (Brightlocal)
According to clients (local businesses), the top 3 local SEO services that are considered valuable are Google Business Profile management (52%), content creation (39%), and website design (34%) (Brightlocal)
40% of consumers claim to have searched for a local business to see its opening hours at least a few times per month (Brightlocal)

39% of consumers claim to search for local business information at least once a month to check if it’s dog-friendly, child-friendly, or accessible (Brightlocal)
88% of consumers use Google Maps, while the remaining 12% use Apple Maps (Brightlocal)
Customers are 2.7x more likely to view a business as reputable if it has a complete Google Business Profile (Google)
Businesses that have a complete Google Business Profile are 50% more likely to be considered by customers for potential purchases (Google)


That’s it for my list of local SEO statistics.

I hope you found the stats informative and helpful in proving the importance of local SEO in your 2024 strategy. Feel free to check this page later as we regularly update it with recent stats.

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