The Legacy Guide to Link Building

It’s often touted that Google’s search algorithm uses more than 200 factors to determine rankings. 

But how does Google determine which website to rank on page one? For us it can be simplified to two important factors. On-page and off-page. If you get the on-page right, then build quality links to the page, it will rank. 

In fact, a recent study of over 1 billion pages by Ahrefs found that pages with more links rank higher.

Link building is a different skillset in SEO though. And an awkward truth is that many SEOs don’t like to build links. In fact many of them straight up hate it and will do whatever they can to avoid building links.

That’s why many SEO agencies don’t include link building in their retainers as standard. They either don’t want to or don’t know how to build links. 

Especially the high quality links you need to outrank your competition.

This can be your advantage, if you can build more high quality links than your competitor. You’ll be able to outrank them.

In our guide to link building we’re going to teach you how to build high quality links that your competitors can’t.

You’ll learn:


Link building is the process of getting other websites to link to a page on your website with the goal of increasing your rankings and website traffic. 

Generally speaking, the more high quality links your website has, the higher your website will rank. 

The easiest way to understand the impact of a link, is that search engines see each link from another website as a vote that your content is valuable and relevant. 

The relevance of a link is based on the content of the linking page/site. 

That’s why it’s important to search for sites that talk about the same subject, or that is in the same niche as your site. 

Here’s a simple example, if your website was about landscape gardening, a link from another website/webpage that talks about landscape gardening is a highly relevant link.


So what are the three main types of link building strategies? Loosely speaking, there are three types:

1. Submission type links: Submission links are links you can get by submitting your website to another website. This can be done by adding your website to social media profiles, directories or leaving meaningful comments on blogs or forums such as Reddit and Quora. 

Because these links tend to be easier to get, these are considered low quality links and in most cases they won’t significantly move the needle.

2. Buying links: This is the elephant in the room. It is 100% against Google’s guidelines and it can negatively impact your site’s ranking in search results. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t work. Many SEO’s have had a ton of success by buying links. Private Blog Networks are one of the most popular ways to buy links. 

Sites like Fiverr, Legit, the Warrior Forum and Reddit are popular places to buy links. Buying links is a black hat strategy though and isn’t a strategy we use or one that we implement for our clients because we prefer to use “White-hat strategies”

3. Earning links: The number one way to earn links is to create an amazing piece of content known as a “link magnet” or a “linkable asset”, then reaching out to website owners and authors in relevant niches and asking them to link to it. 

This is the best strategy to build links in my opinion and this link building guide will show you a number of tactics you can use to build these links.


Not all links are created equal! Some will help propel your pages to the top of Google, while others can hurt your site. 

What makes a high-quality backlink? 

There are two main categories to look out for.


The Relevance Of The Link 

Ideally, you want to get backlinks from relevant websites and pages. 

Let’s imagine you have created a piece of content on the ‘best kitchen cabinet paint colours’ (Like this one, from Improovy). Getting a link from a page on the topic of interior design would be much more relevant than a link from a page about fitness tips. 

Ideally, you want to get links that are relevant to the story you’re writing.

There are a number of different factors in the strength of a link:

  •       Destination URL: This is the URL address of the page the person will reach when the link is clicked
  •       Anchor Text: This is the clickable word/phrase/image attached to the link. It’s often blue and underlined.
  •     Rel Attribute: This defines the relationship between the page a link is on and the page it is pointing to. There are three rel values you should be aware of.


Rel Attributes 

  •       No-Follow Link: This tells search engines not to crawl/follow the outbound link. It essentially means that the website linking to you is not “voting” for you. As a result, it will not pass SEO ranking power. 

Many publications now add the nofollow tag to outbound links. Here’s what a nofollow links looks like in the code:

<a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>Anchor Text</a>

    You can quickly identify Follow/No Follow links through the NoFollow plugin

Once you’ve installed the plugin. If a link is outlined in red, it is a “No Follow” link. 

When you’re analysing a website for Follow/No Follow links just look at the main body of text, don’t look at links on the page like those which link out social media websites or the author biography.

UGC: This stands for User Generated Content, and the UGC value is recommended for comments and forum posts. UGC link can be identified as follows:

<a href=”” rel=”ugc”>Anchor Text</a>

  •       Sponsored: This tag identifies links that were paid for. Use the sponsored value to identify links on your site that were created as part of advertisements, sponsorships or other compensation agreements. The sponsored link can be identified as follows:

<a href=”” rel=”sponsored”>Anchor Text</a>


Google’s original algorithm contained something known as Pagerank. In fact, the reason Google’s algorithm was so much better than their competitors is largely because of page rank.

In the early days, Google even had a tool where they would tell you what your pagerank was. 

But because SEO’s got so good and realized if they could get a higher page rank, they would rank higher, Google no longer makes pagerank public.

It’s not known if Pagerank is still part of the algorithm, however it is strongly believed that it is. 

If Pagerank is no longer part of the algorithm, it is believed that it has been replaced by something newer and more sophisticated, but based on the same principles that Pagerank was built on.

The weight of Pagerank in the algorithm is often referred to as “Authority” when it comes to SEO.

The authority of a website or a web page linking to your own website is a ranking factor. 

If you have more, high quality links from a more authoritative site than your competitors, you will likely outrank them.

Many SEO tools have tried to create their own version of Pagerank to interpret the authority of a page.

Moz uses Domain Authority (DA) for instance, Ahrefs has created Domain- Rating (DR) and Majestic SEO has created Trust Flow.

To check a website’s authority using Majestic SEO’s Trustflow metric, you can download the Majestic plugin. 

Majestic gives us information about the links that are pointing to that given page/website. 

When you’re analyzing any website focus on the following four attributes:

  • URL
  • Root Domain
  • Trust Flow
  • Referring Domains 

URL: This tells us about the specific page we are on. So, in this case, we are on the “Spark Real Estate Marketing” page. The URL is showing us all the links pointing to that page.


Root Domain: Analyzes the links that are pointing to the entire website. This adds up all the links, for example, the About Us Page, Blog Page, Contact Us Page etc.

Trust Flow: This is the overall quality of the links pointing to the page/domain. The higher the score the better. Any trust flow over 15/20 it’s considered a high-quality site. 

Referring Domains: This is the total number of links pointing to the page/domain.


Linkable Assets

When it comes to link building it might seem that it’s all technical jargon but there’s also a creative aspect that’s required. 

Link building is about value, you need to find out what value you can offer with your content as well as get creative with your email pitch. 

First and foremost create content that is worth linking to. This is what we call a “Linkable asset”. A linkable asset is any piece of content with a high probability of acquiring backlinks. 

So, what are the benefits of creating a linkable asset?

Linkable content can increase your referral traffic as you’re getting links from other authoritative websites in your niche.

Linkable assets will also lead to increased brand exposure, as journalists and industry-leading blogs will cite your content in their articles. 

There are a number of linkable asset formats you can create:

  • Case Studies
  • Original Research/Studies
  • Infographics
  • List Posts
  • Free Tools
  • Research Using Trends and Statistics 

Let’s explore some of these in more detail:


1. Infographic 

An infographic is a great way to use visuals to showcase your findings. 

If choose to create an infographic as your linkable asset, pick one topic that appeals to websites in your niche. Brian Dean refers to these people as “Linkreators” – people who run websites in your industry or a related industry. 

Try to brainstorm – What topics are they passionate about? What topics are they arguing against? Let’s imagine your linkeators are running bloggers. And you notice that a good chunk of these linkreators don’t recommend running every day to reach your goals. 

You’d want to make an infographic topic that they agree with, EG something like: “Why too much running is bad for your health”.

Make sure in your infographic you cover 6/10 data points. 

If you feel stuck with your ideas check out to find infographics in your space or Google “topic” + “infographic”. 

If you don’t have design skills don’t worry you can hire a graphic designer on websites such as Fiverr. So, don’t sweat the small stuff. 


2. Original Research/Studies 

Original studies naturally attract links. Why? They offer unique data and insights on a winning topic. 

In order to get coverage, you need to have something interesting to write about. 

How to choose your topic? Use the Source Magnet Technique (Another Brian Dean creation).

  1. Is this topic trending?
  2. Does this topic lack data?
  3. Is your topic a “Tangential Topic”? (Topic that is related but not directly about your business)

In order to find what’s trending, put your topic into Exploding Topics or Google Trends. 

Remember journalists want something that is blowing up. Once you have chosen your topic, collect and analyze your data. 

If you’re doing a DIY Industry Study you should have a sample of at least 1,000 of whatever it is you’re looking at. Trim your list down to 12/15 data points. Important note: Journalists want to see how you conducted your study. 

When you’re organizing your results, start off with the most compelling finding to grab the reader’s attention. 

If you want to promote your study even further find influential people in your space that cover some of the topics that your study is about. 

Reach out to them and ask them to give their thoughts about one specific topic they’re most interested in. 

This will add credibility to the content. Once it’s published, share your content with those influential people. 

They are more likely to share your content as they contributed their expertise and it will make them look good. 


Content frameworks for linkable assets 

There are 7 content frameworks that are ideal to create linkable assets with. 

1.  Trademark Technique: Identify a problem a linkreator and their audience cares about.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Choose a Catchy Headline: The title is the first thing a potential reader sees and getting it right is the single most important thing. 

In your headline use three of the following:

1. A specific result

2. Specific Number (this increases credibility)

3. Specific Timeline (days/weeks are much better than months/years)

                        For example, How to (Achieve a Specific Result) in Only (Timeframe).

  • Identify Obstacles: Pick one obstacle that stands between someone and their solution. Give a brief overview of the obstacle and outline specific results in the Introduction. Share a solution that hasn’t been seen before and combine it with a unique name so it sticks in people’s minds.
  • Branded Solution Elements: The solution needs to be descriptive and must contain a visual element. Combine your branded solution with one of these terms: Approach/Formula/Method/System/Technique.
  • The First Section: Don’t jump into the steps of your branded solution. List out your results the following way:

1. Result #1 – Branded solution name & the Benefit you got from your solution

2. Result #2 

3. Result #3

  • The Details: 

1. Include 3/5 very detailed steps.

2. Show people how to implement each step exactly  

  • Write your Content as a Case Study: It’s important to show actual proof. Try to avoid the “this changed my life” type commentary. Average type results will do as they are more believable and attainable. 
  • Conclusion: 

1. Make a Brief Summary of your findings.

2. Make sure to include Call to Action.

Ramith Sethi’s trademark technique is a perfect example.

2. Go-to-Guidebook: Contains just about everything someone needs to know about a specific topic. 

Steps to follow: 

Choose a broad topic that can be broken down into 7/10 sub-topics which is not too broad or too narrow. 

Use Google Trends/Buzzsumo for topics that have already proven to perform well in your industry.

One you have your idea organise it into chapters:

  • Beginning: Basic/Introductory Topics
  • Middle: Detailed and Advanced Topics
  • End: Short Case Studies/Brief Tutorials/Tips etc.

Add Table of Contents and list out all your chapters and add page jump links.

For each chapter first write a short intro. This should briefly describe why this sub-topic is important. Then briefly describe 3-5 things someone needs to know about the subtopic.  

Conclusion: Ask your readers to comment – you want them to take action once they’re done reading. 


A great example of an evergreen guide.

3. Expanded List Post: These articles contain a list of tips and tricks readers can use to achieve specific results. The list should be brief and easily digestible. Avoid writing in-depth paragraphs. 

Steps to Follow: 

  • Find a topic that you can provide 17/27 bite-sized tips on. 
  • If you’re stuck, research other blogs using keywords like “your topic” + tips and “your topic” + strategies. You want techniques and tactics that people can use that day.
  • Do keyword research to figure out what people are already searching for. If you search for a keyword and no list posts show up this means it’s it isn’t a good for for a list post. 
  • Find 3/4 best tips for each technique. You can include actionable steps, screenshots, video tutorials, infographics and extra content to beef up your content. Tell them exactly what to do.
  • Conclusion: You want people to take action. 


A great example of an expanded list post.

4. Ego Bait: Make your topic linkreator friendly meaning a topic that journalists will be willing to link to.

Steps to Follow:

  • Your topic needs to be: specific and in a niche with at least 100 other blogs.

The 100 blogs benchmark to see whether a topic is the right size.

  • Gather your list of winners. Make sure the blogs you choose cover the topic now and again. Include at least 25 winners in your AwardsBait campaign. The more sites you include the more links you’ll get.
  • Use .edu sites as they are authoritative. To find them simply search: site: edu + fitness blog. Use for linkreator research. Type in the keyword that describes your AwardsBait topic. Use best of lists to find more potential bloggers.
  • Choose your blogs and narrow the finalists down to 25-100. 
  • Create AwardsBait Power Page by choosing a good title for example, “Top 50…” and add your keyword after so people know what your page is about.
  • Don’t put your winners in any particular order in this case “everyone is a winner” BUT put the most authoritative and popular sites at the top.
  • Create a listing for each winner. Include the following four elements in the listing: their name/blog’s name, a flattering bio, an image and link to their site or social media profile.
  • Promote your piece using unique logo/banner, create a badge for your winners and reach out to your winners.Write an intro using this formula:Introduce what the awards are, talk about how many blogs exist in this niche, emphasize that it’s an exclusive list and outline what your blog will bring to the table.

5. The Industry Study: Is a great way to show off your market research about a certain topic.

You can review the links your competitor has, then build a list of websites to reach out to and ask them if they will also include your website.


Broken link building is a process where you look for your pages that are similar to yours that have gathered some links, but the website is now offline so they are broken (404).

Here’s an example of a 404 page:

If you can find a broken page in your niche, then you can use Ahrefs to look at the websites that link to that broken page. 

Then you can reach out to the sites that link to the broken page and let them know they have a broken page, but it’s OK because you’ve got a similar piece of content they can link to instead.

In your outreach email tell your designated contact exactly where the broken link is and provide your content as a solution. 


Guest Posts 

Guest posting will increase your credibility and increase your brand awareness. If you can include a link to your website within the content or at the end in the author bio, it can still be a great link building strategy. 

This process takes time as you have to find websites that still accept guest posts and figure out a unique topics to write about. 


Link Roundups 

Link roundups are ‘best of’ lists where bloggers link to their favourite articles. Here’s an example from wow group.

The key here is that you must have a quality piece of content that you have recently written. Although not as popular these days, link roundups can still be found. 

Unfortunately, you can’t pitch a product/sales page. It usually has to be a blog/video/guide.


Link Reclamation 

Find a website that mentions your name/brand/business but hasn’t linked to you. Then contact them to include a link to your website for the attribution process. To find unlinked mentions go to Ahrefs content explorer or Google Alerts.


Resource Page Link Building 

A resource page Is a blog post/dedicated page that links out to that individual’s favourite things they think their audience will find helpful. You can create content around that link and pitch it to other potential resource pages. 

For example if your website was a website that offered free stock photos, you would find resource pages that had a list of free stock photos.


Sponsored Posts 

For sponsored posts, you’re looking for sites that actively accept advertisements. When evaluating the quality of sponsored posts look for:

  • Overall domain authority and trust flow
  • Content quality (are there any spamming links?)
  • Sponsored posts (do they say “sponsored post”?)


Digital PR 

Digital PR is our favourite way to build links at Legacy Communications. Digital PR involves creating a story that news websites and journalists will love and will publish, ideally with a link to your linkable asset. You can get the full play-by-play in this Digital PR case study.

If you’re interested in our Digital PR services for link building, you can also reach out to us directly, we’d love to chat!


There are a number of ways you can scale your link building campaigns and in this section we’re going to take you through them.


Create separate link building roles 

At Legacy, we favour the link building process created by Ryan Stewart at Webris. 

In this process, the link building team is separated into 4 clear roles:


The Link Prospector – This person spends time looking for relevant websites to pitch and collects email addresses for the right contacts.

The Outreach Manager – This is the person who spends their time reaching out to new websites, promoting linkable assets and ultimately asking them for a link

The Content Writer – When the outreach manager gets a pitch accepted for a guest post, they forward the content brief to the writer, who then spends the time to write the post

The Lead SEO – This is the SEO who sets the target pages for links, as well as setting the full SEO strategy.


Use Outreach Tools To Build Links At Scale

There are a number of tools you can use to build links at scale. These tools will help by automating pitch emails, automatically sending follow ups and more.

There are a number of tools that are popular with link building teams around the world:




-Ninja Outreach

-Just Reach Out

-Press Hunt


Link Building Guide: Conclusion

The digital space is constantly evolving. If you can’t adapt your business will be left behind. 

Always remember that link building is about exchanging value.

If your content is not link-worthy, then don’t expect other sites to link to it.

Your content is your biggest asset when it comes to link building campaigns so use it to your advantage to increase organic traffic for your business.

Hotel SEO: The Complete 2023 Guide

Hotel SEO: The Complete 2023 Guide

The travel industry is among the most digitally advanced industries in the World. According to McKinsey, Digital Adoption within the travel industry grew by 38% during the pandemic.

When you consider that 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine, it is vital to understand SEO. 

While we might not be primarily known for hospitality SEO as a team at Legacy, in my time as an SEO I have helped hotel clients rank for extremely valuable and highly competitive keywords across the entire industry and in multiple countries. 

I’ve been in SEO dog fights with behemoth online travel agents and still come out on top, achieving top of page rankings for highly coveted keywords such as “Hotels Hyde Park”. At one point, I had four hotels ranking in the top ten spots for “penthouse suites London.” 

So it’s fair to say that when it comes to hotel SEO, I know what I’m talking about and in this guide I’m going to teach you everything I know about SEO in the hotel industry.

We will cover the most important tactics when it comes to hotel SEO, starting with:


What is hotel SEO? 

Search engine optimisation is a process to improve the visibility of a hotel website on search engine results pages such as Google or Bing. With more visibility, we can help grow your traffic and enhance your direct hotel bookings.

Our SEO approach covers the whole funnel regarding hotels in an area, things to do, maps, and how to get to the hotel. We use a broad description of hotel SEO because a search engine is at the centre of each experience above


Why is SEO for hotels important?

SEO produces the best return on investment for hotels when you rank in the top ten search results of Google. Ranking in the top ten can unlock a new revenue stream each time a customer searches for a hotel in your location. These customers are ready to reserve a hotel room once you meet the criteria to rank in the top ten of Google. To rank in the top ten of Google requires a hotel SEO strategy which includes content, conversion, and PR. We consider content, conversion, and PR our three pillars of SEO. 


Our hotel SEO tactics for content:

When creating content about your hotel, it is important to understand that you need to stay local. If your hotel is in Hyde Park, you can write about Hyde Park, Speakers’ Corner, Kensington Gardens, Bayswater, Bayswater tube station, and the Diana Memorial Playground etc. You cannot go outside of that area because it is too far from your address.

Unless you want to target things to do where you would discuss Hyde Park, Kensington, South Kensington, Notting Hill, and Mayfair.

The types of keyword you are targeting will depend on the type of content you can create and rank on Google. It is best to go local because each area will have individual hotels, chains of hotels, and online travel agents in the search results. To stand out, you need to use clever ways of communicating your unique selling point through offers, a story, or the history of the building. Keyword research of your local area will help define what is achievable in terms of creating traffic to drive revenue. Once the keyword research is complete, we would recommend writing your titles and description to stand out from the crowd. 


Create unique titles, descriptions, and use hotel schema

99 times out of 100, your home page is where you will rank for your most important keyword. 

As a result, if you were targeting “hotels Hyde Park” you would ensure to get Hyde Park into the title. In the description you could highlight an offer or the main USPs of your hotel. We would also recommend adding hotel schema to your website. Hotel schema will allow you to display your star rating from Tripadvisor, an offer, or to ensure you get the right image in the SERP.


Take advantage of FAQs

FAQs are a great way to add more value to your page. FAQs are also valuable because you can use FAQ schema to take up more real estate in the search results (SERP). 

The online travel agents take advantage of FAQs in every SERP. You can utilise this tactic by adding extra content at the bottom of your page and use FAQ schema to help Google display it like Tripadvisor above. If you are looking for FAQ ideas, you can use Answer Socrates or Also Asked for ideas on what to add to your page. SEO tools such as Ahrefs provide questions when doing keyword research which can add ideas on what to say in your FAQ section.


Reviews: a simple content tactic

When creating your page and trying to boost how frequently you mention the keywords on your page. Add in a subsection highlighting reviews of your hotel. You can read through Tripadvisor to find four and five-star reviews. We would suggest choosing reviews that highlight your unique selling points. 


Target keywords with your hotel rooms in major cities

Most hotels will have a combination of room types, such as your family room, executive room, hotel room with a balcony and a penthouse for four or five star hotels. In large cities such as London, these room types have niche search volume. Using the keyword explorer by Ahrefs, we found over 350 keywords with 8,500 searches per month for hotel rooms. 

The beauty of optimising your family room page for “family room hotel London” is that you have an opportunity to rank for a city wide keyword no matter where you are in London. For example, the Apex City of London Hotel is ranking in sixth position after Booking and Visit London:


Use content hubs for awareness content

A content hub could target keywords such as things to do. A content hub can display this content in a user-friendly manner and bring the  best parts of SEO that are applicable to search engines and users. A content hub is a curated collection of branded content on a specific topic or subject. It houses articles, videos, infographics, and other forms of content that let users take a deep dive into a specific area in which the brand is an authority or expert.

We can elevate the brand through the content hub by overlaying different call-to-actions according to the marketing funnel. We would also highlight that a content hub allows us to express a brand in terms of colours, tone of voice and imagery.


Hotel SEO tactic for conversion

When considering the conversion side of hotel SEO, we would focus on technical SEO involving your website and the pricing of your rooms. Both converge to improve your conversion rate which should grow month-on-month when you work with an SEO team. 


Pricing your hotel rooms

Direct bookings are the most valuable for a hotel. Once you engage an SEO agency, it will be important to provide an incentive for someone to book directly instead of through the online travel agent. These incentives could include free breakfast, a breakfast and dinner package, a drink on arrival or a discount for staying longer. 


The SEO team will be able to use these packages in the descriptions and on-page content to entice people to book. By highlighting the hotel packages, your conversion rate will grow. In Google Analytics, the product performance report will detail which packages are performing the best. 

From experience, when popular packages are not available, revenue will fall. As a result, we would contact the hotel manager for new deals to kickstart revenue. 


What sells through Google Ads

When a hotel uses the same digital marketing performance agency for Google Ads and SEO, the team can share insights on campaign performance. One of the easiest ways to improve performance, is to take insights from Google Ads. When you compare the two marketing channels, Google Ads will show results quicker than SEO. To help improve the SEO, your SEO specialist can take ideas from the Ad text for titles and descriptions. They can also take insights from product performance through Google Ads to find out which hotel offers to promote in the meta-description. These simple tactics between a digital marketing team can help improve the quality of your website visitors and improve conversion rates. 


Make sure your pages load quickly

Page speed is vital for the user experience of your website. No one is going to wait for a page to load because we are hungry for instant gratification. For example, when we compare the page speed of the top ten websites ranking for “family room hotel London”. 

We can see that the Apex City of London hotel is slightly behind the average of 51, with a score of 30.


If Apex Hotels were our client, we would suggest working on page speed because we have clients where a good page experience drives over 50% of traffic on a monthly basis. Google rewards page experience because it improves the user experience of its customers who are everyone that makes a search on Google. We used the SERP speed tool by Reddico for this analysis. 


Link building and PR

As Legacy Communications is a PR agency, we consider PR to be the traditional format of pieces in a newspaper or magazine, online in a publication, or modern Digital PRThe goal of PR for a hotel SEO strategy is links. We use a variety of techniques to gain links such as from event venues and local attractions when working with hotels. 


Gathering links from event venues within close proximity to your hotel is among the simplest link building tactics. We can reach out to event venues who have an accommodation list to see if your hotel can be among the hotels mentioned. Sometimes venues want a business agreement which we would forward to the hotel manager. When the event venues agree to listing the hotel, we would include an offer that we know will be on the website forever. 


Go local with your Hotel SEO tactics

Hotels are essentially local searches no matter where the person making the search is living. The map pack by Google is always in the top three of the search results. The map pack is valuable real estate because of the ability for a hotel to display a price and book directly on your website. 

To improve your visibility in the Google Maps results, we would recommend completing the following:

  • Add a keyword optimised description of your hotel
  • Add all of your hotel attributes
  • Add a lot of photos of the lobby, rooms, and restaurant
  • Add a 360 degree photo of hotel rooms and the lobby if you have the budget
  • Ensure to add your health and safety attributes
  • Maintain a 4.5 review score


Last year, Google introduced a way for hotels to show free booking links. This month, Google announced an expansion of free booking links. These free links are now available on Search and Maps.

Google is rolling out the expansion of free booking links because of the positive user experience. One of the booking engines, “myhotelshop” has seen a 30% incremental increase in bookings during the summer of 2021 due to free booking links. 


Citation management for your name, address, and phone number

To correctly manage your local SEO, we prioritise organising citations for the business to extend our local listing beyond Google Maps. The citation management can also help people navigate to the hotel because of the agreements between Google, Nokia, TomTom, and the car companies. For example, some Google Map features are in Toyota, Audi, Mercedes, GM, Fiat, Volvo, and Nissan cars. 

For the official mapping technology, most car manufacturers depend upon Nokia or TomTom, so we would use citations to expand our reach into other technology providers. Creating the correct citations for your hotel also helps corroborate your Name, Address, and Phone which helps to build trust with Google. 


Creative content tactics for your hotel

All marketing strategies require a little creativity to engage users and create a brand. For some hotels this could be a big PR campaign to establish the name. For others it could be simple content tactics such as content for social media and the use of Web Stories. 


Create content for social media accounts

This idea is unrelated to SEO directly but will help build a brand. If you are familiar with Instagram, you may know about the accounts which promote Instagram reels of holiday destinations and hotels. For example, Glorious Hotels promotes Instagram Reels from influencers. 

Our suggestion is for the hotel to hire a videographer to create video content for Instagram reels and Tiktok content. If you are shooting a video of a room, make sure to have a person in the video to add the human touch of the walkthrough. Once the content is ready, publish it on your account tagging these larger Instagram accounts for a mention. We would also make it easy for the social media manager to use the content by putting it on a page on your website where it can be easily downloaded and reshared. 


Web stories for rich content

Web Stories is a rich, engaging content format that can appear on Google Discover and Search Results.  Web Stories are similar to Instagram Stories. You can add links, images, and videos. We can use Google Analytics on your website to track performance. Web Stories provides an extra channel to share Instagram Stories type content with tracking and control. We feel it is a type of content that could do very well for inspiration type posts leading up to calendar events or local attractions.

Need help with your hotel’s SEO strategy? Get in touch with our team.

Author: Arron Finn, Senior SEO Manager at Legacy Communications.

Arron Finn has over 7 years experience working in SEO, including helping hotels develop and improve their SEO strategies.

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