How Does Google My Business Handle Solo Practitioner Listings?
Posted by Colan Nielsen
In our April LocalU event, I covered Shades Of Grey: Controversial Local SEO Tactics that Drive Results. I covered tactics ranging from keyword stuffing to review snippets in the organic search results. There were several tactics that didn’t make the final cut. One of those tactics was if solo practitioners should have two listings on Google My Business.
Google recommends that solo practitioners have 1 listing that combines the name of the practice with the name of the practitioner. For example, “Allstate Insurance: Bob Smith”. However, it’s not actually a violation of the guidelines for solo practitioners to have a separate listing for themself as well as a separate one for their practice.
Why Would a Solo Practitioner Want a Second Google My Business (GMB) Profile?
A scenario where you might want to consider having 2 listings is if there are multiple categories that apply to your business type. We see more and more solo practitioners taking advantage of this when their business operates across multiple categories. In the example below, a solo practitioner law firm that specializes in both personal injury and social security disability cases took advantage of this strategy. They had their main GMB primary category set to personal injury, and they created a practitioner GMB to target the niche area of social security disability. The main GMB listing ranks for personal injury keywords and the practitioner profile ranks for the specific social security attorney keywords.
Here are the phone calls that came into the law firm, from the practitioner GMB profile that we created.
If you are a solo practitioner that covers multiple GMB categories, this is one way that you can compete across more than one category. To learn more, head over to the Local Search Forum where we get questions about solo practitioners all the time. Just search for solo practitioner.
Are you creating listings for solo practitioners? What has your experience been?