Google is constantly looking to improve their algorithm for local businesses. They use these updates to see how well their users will adapt to the improvements and if they will be adopted by a widespread audience. You may have heard of Google Plus? Yes, it’s still alive and well. The point isn’t to say that Google is at fault for trying to make the improvements. Google is releasing these features for local businesses to take advantage of them. Google has recently updated their business category section to help organize the vast amount of niche businesses within local communities. Here are a few points to note:
Google Changes the names of these Categories Frequently. Your favorite “Natural Foods” store can seamlessly be renamed a “Natural Goods Store” to accomodate a more comprehensive list of goods and services. The only problem is if the Natural Grocers, which specializes in food, gets relabled, it's now categorized with niche natural goods and services. This is a much smaller market in comparison to supermarket grocery stores. This is why it’s important to utilize multiple categories in businesses.
Categories get removed all the time. In 2018 Google removed 36 categories and added 34. In the most recent update, Shower-Door Supplier was taken out of the list. Moz Local suggests these new categories are very important to update in your business profile. This also emphasizes how attentive businesses need to be with their own profile data.
New Categories will BOOST your Rankings. A recent update in a business owner’s industry put him in the top of the searches extremely quickly when he was on top of Google’s Category update. While some categories remain ossified for quite some time, when these updates happen, it can be a huge benefit to your visibility!
“Category-Dilution” is not a real thing. There has been widespread concern that classifying your business under multiple categories was going to diminish your ranking authority. That isn’t the case. Adding more categories increases your rankings and click throughs. Adding a new niche category could even boost your business to the top of the searches.
Your Primary Category Holds Weight. The last point to note is that the primary category should be thoughtful and precise, properly defining your business. Search Engine Land mentions how a personal injury attorney saw dramatic ranking increases when he switched his category from “Insurance Attorney” to “Personal Injury Attorney” as his main classification. Making sure your business is classified correctly is important.
Staying updated with your Google My Business (GMB) information is determinant to your local search rankings. Using them lets them know you care about your data, and your business.
Source: Joy Hawkins