Posts in Google: The Newest SEO Hack for Your Medical Practice
What Are Posts in Google?
Posts in Google are posts that businesses create directly within their Google My Business Dashboard. The posts show up in the search and maps box—along with their location, hours, reviews, and other business info.
Similar posting options were first made available in January of 2016, exclusively for political candidates (they were called “candidate cards”). Posts in Google became available to more industries over time and are now available to businesses in all industries except for hotels and accommodations.
Posts in Google Are the Best New SEO Tool for Your Medical Practice
Posts in Google are a quick and easy way to make sure your promotions are seen. Here are 4 reasons why they are the best new SEO tool for your business:
1. Posts in Google show up front and center. These posts appear directly in the search and maps box with your business info. If your business shows up, your post shows up too.
2. Posts in Google give you instant SEO. Search engine optimization (SEO) of any page takes time to establish. When you create a post in Google, it will show up whether the page you are promoting has good SEO or not.
3. Posts in Google include a link to your site. When you create a post in Google, you have the option to add a button. You can choose a button that says learn more, sign up, get offer, book, or buy. Simply link that button directly to your website or landing page.
4. Posts in Google are free. Unlike most advertising, posting directly within your Google My Business Dashboard is completely free. Enough said.
Things to Know about Posts in Google
In order to create a post in Google, your business needs to be verified by Google My Business. Create a post directly within your Google My Business Dashboard.
Google says that posts are intended to display “timely” content. Because of this, posts are removed after 7 days. However, this does not mean they are gone forever. On mobile view, a list of all previous posts can be viewed under the “Posts” tab.
Google provides some guidance on how to create a great post here. Given that these posts are meant to be timely, try to post information about events, product updates, announcements, or special offers. The post should be brief (150-300 characters). The title should be 4-5 words (58 characters max). The photo should be simple and high resolution (minimum of 720px wide by 540px tall as a JPG or PNG). To maximize your exposure, always include a button that links to your site for more information.
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About Sarah at Wellness Website Pro
Sarah Cook, ND, is a StoryBrand Certified Copywriter for health and wellness businesses. If you're a naturopathic doctor, functional medicine practitioner, or anybody with a message of health, Sarah is your copy gal. The right words can turn your website into a revenue-generating asset and take your business from ignored to adored. Find out how here.