The SEO community has been abuzz with discussions on Google's latest core update rolled out in March 2024. This update has reshaped the digital marketing landscape, significantly favoring large publishing outlets and platforms like Reddit, which has led many to reconsider traditional SEO tactics.

The Impact of the Update:

The March 2024 update has introduced substantial changes, limiting organic reach and imposing manual action penalties on numerous sites. These shifts point to Google's continued focus on high-quality content and user-focused search results. For many businesses, particularly smaller ones without the clout of large publishers, this means adapting quickly to remain visible.

A Focus on Local SEO:

With the changing dynamics brought by the core update, local SEO has emerged as a crucial strategy for businesses targeting specific geographic areas. Unlike broad SEO, local SEO allows businesses to connect more directly with their target audience, making it an indispensable tool in today’s digital marketing toolkit.

Why Local SEO Matters More Than Ever:

Local SEO is essential for businesses aiming to establish a strong presence in specific regions. It involves optimizing your online presence to attract more business from relevant local searches. This targeted approach is more important than ever as Google enhances its focus on delivering relevance and quality in local search results.

Enhancing Local Visibility Through Strategic Web Design:

For our client A to Z Spas, the implementation of targeted local SEO strategies has yielded remarkable success. Key to this has been the creation of a "Service Area" landing page that effectively communicates the geographic reach through an interactive Google Map shaded to reflect the service area. Further refinement includes:

  • Accordion Menus for Cities and ZIP Codes: These menus allow users to explore service areas by city or ZIP code, enhancing user engagement without cluttering the page.
  • Localized Subpages: Each major area like "Buford / Suwanee" has a dedicated page tailored to the local specifics, from cultural highlights to local landmarks, ensuring Google recognizes each page’s unique value.
  • Custom URLs for SEO: We use search-friendly URLs that incorporate local cities or towns; e.g.,, which consistently perform well in local search rankings.

Implementing Our Own Advice:

While these strategies are proving successful for our clients, we are methodically planning to incorporate them into the MediaPressions site. Our approach ensures these tactics are robust and adaptable, maximizing effectiveness before we apply them universally.


The March 2024 core update from Google underscores the need for a strategic pivot to local SEO. At MediaPressions, we are not only adapting to these changes but are also leading the way in implementing innovative local SEO strategies that deliver tangible results. As we continue to refine and apply these practices, we invite you to stay connected and watch these developments unfold on our site.

If you are in need of an effective, focused website with great local SEO, MediaPressions is the resource you want to reach out to. I am here to help. Connect with me on LinkedIn and let's discuss how we can enhance your business’s online presence together.