Think Tank
6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Pet Business's SEO
By Fernando Camacho
Let’s face it, pet businesses are popping up all over the place, making the industry more and more competitive. And in today’s competitive digital landscape, having a strong online presence is crucial if you’re going to outshine and outlast the rest.

One of the most effective ways to enhance visibility and attract potential customers is through search engine optimization (SEO). By optimizing your website and online profiles, you can improve your visibility and increase your chances of appearing in relevant search results.

Here are six simple, yet powerful ways to boost your pet business’s SEO:

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Claim and Optimize Your “Google My Business” Listing.
Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool that allows you to manage your business information on Google. Claim your listing and ensure that all the details, such as your business name, address, phone number and website, are accurate and up to date. It also helps to add images, relevant categories and a compelling business description.
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Focus on Local Keywords.
Incorporate common search keywords naturally into your website content, meta tags, headings and image alt text. For example, if you run a daycare in Boston, include keywords like, “Boston dog daycare,” “Dog enrichment in Boston” or “Best daycare in Boston.”
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Create Specific Pages for Each Service.
If your business does more than one service (like daycare, boarding, training, grooming, etc.), have a separate page for each on your website; don’t list them all on a single page. Optimize these pages with relevant keywords and provide valuable information about each service (answering the common questions that people have).
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Build High-Quality Local Citations.
Local citations are online references to your business’s name, address and phone number (NAP). They can be found on various directories, review sites and social media platforms. Ensure your NAP information is consistent across all citations, as discrepancies can negatively impact your SEO. Focus on popular and authoritative directories such as Yelp, Yellow Pages and industry-specific directories.
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Encourage Online Reviews.
Positive online reviews not only help build trust with potential customers, but also impact your local search rankings. Continually encourage satisfied customers to leave reviews on Google. Then, respond to all reviews, whether positive or negative, to show people that you care and to give you some extra “Google juice.”
Keep in mind that SEO is an ongoing process, and results may not be immediate. Consistency and continuous optimization will bring you the best results over time.
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Optimize for Mobile.
With the rise in mobile device usage, ensuring your website is mobile friendly is crucial for local SEO. Mobile optimization improves user experience and influences search engine rankings. Make sure your website is fully responsive, loads quickly, and has a clear and intuitive navigation menu. Test your site on different mobile devices to ensure it displays properly and delivers a great experience to all mobile users.

Keep in mind that SEO is an ongoing process, and results may not be immediate. Consistency and continuous optimization will bring you the best results over time. As you climb higher in local search rankings, you’ll enjoy a boost in online visibility, website traffic and, ultimately, conversions.

Fern is the founder of Overdog Digital, a digital marketing & consulting agency that helps dog daycare and boarding facilities attract, convert, and keep more customers by creating winning marketing campaigns and providing the business guidance to build momentum and spark long-term growth. Fern also has programs to train daycare staff, is a dog behavior consultant, and has a dog training business in New Jersey. He is the author of eight books and a popular speaker at national conferences and private events. To join The Dog Daycare Business Think Tank or ask a question, go to: