Cannabis SEO

As cannabis dispensaries start becoming mainstream businesses, those who own and operate them must look for ways to stay ahead of the competition. One way to ensure the best return on investment is to develop a local search engine optimization plan for your business. Focusing on long-term goals and strategies to help your company thrive.

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To ensure that your business catches people’s attention online, you must have high-quality content on your website that it is informative and answers any question that someone might have about your products and services. 

How to Improve Local SEO Rankings for Your Dispensary 

To help your dispensary appear in Google, be sure to: 

  • Create a Google My Business Page & Bing Places For Business Account 
  • Signup and install Google Analytics & Google Search Console
  • Make sure that your company is listed in online directories (Yellowpages, MapQuest…)
  • Create your company’s listing on Yelp and other review sites 
  • Focus on getting good consumer reviews online 
  • Make sure that your company has a social media presence 
  • Confirm that your site is responsive to mobile users 
  • Use a secure HTTPS server 

Google My Business & Bing Places For Business 

GMB + Bing Places is practically an online billboard for your business. It’s free and is the first thing people see when they search for your products and services. Here are a few things new business owners often get wrong:

Business Category

Be sure to select the proper category for your business. Try to be as accurate as possible without missing any, or selecting too many.

Include Images 

One of the most effective ways to optimize your business pages through Google and Bing is to include images of your business and its locations. Update your images regularly to keep your content fresh. This grows the brand image and trust with potential customers.

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Google Analytics + Search Console

Sign up and install Analytics and Search Console, these services will help you identify who is visiting your website, and other vital information to help you to optimize your listing.

Online Directories 

A useful local SEO strategy is to list your company’s information with known online directories. Just like requesting your company’s local business pages, be sure to claim your company on directories like Yellowpages, Apple Maps, Foursquare, and Yahoo’s Localworks. 

Review Listings 

It’s easy to overlook review sites until you receive a bad review and must do damage control. Claim or create your cannabis company’s listing on Yelp, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and the BBB. Business listings will give you the ability to respond quickly to consumer reviews, whether they’re good or bad. This will work to improve your website ranking and connect you to customers. 

Good Reviews 

Good reviews are invaluable, which means that it’s important to work hard to receive them. Search engines pay attention to reviews. They give your company trust, relevance, and influence. Keep in mind that Google reviews matter the most. Stay in touch with your customer service agents and your budtenders to make sure that you’re providing a high level of service. This will help keep your reviews positive. 

Social Media Presence 

Make sure that your marketing campaign includes activity on social media. That way, your dispensary will have a stronger presence in local search results. 

Website Experience 

User experience can impact your company’s ranking. People are using their mobile devices more than ever to find information. Make sure that your website is geared toward mobile use and that it shows the same information as what your customers would see on their personal computers. If people don’t like your website, Google will follow suit.


When you’re handling people’s sensitive information, it’s important to handle it securely by installing an SSL certificate. You’ll want to verify that any data being transferred between you and your customers is encrypted. Web browsers like Chrome and Firefox prove their security with a padlock icon on their address bars. 

SEO Technical Audits

Perform an SEO technical audit to ensure your website has descriptive titles, completed meta descriptions, no 4XX errors, includes an XML sitemap, and has properly sized and named images. This helps Search Engine Crawlers (Bots) and people navigate your website without trouble.

A Good Marketing Strategy is Vital for Cannabis Retailers 

With a good SEO marketing strategy, your cannabis dispensary will rank high for consumers who are searching for companies that sell cannabis products. This will work to increase your profits and ensure that people who need cannabis are able to get it. Managing digital marketing strategies can be a challenge. If your time is short, and you want to focus on your business operations, please contact us. We can help. 

Published on: 2020-10-21
Updated on: 2020-11-26

Author: Isaac Adams-Hands

Isaac Adams-Hands is an SEO Director, Full Stack Developer, and InfoSec enthusiast. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Sydney before joining various marketing positions in search portals, higher education, and addiction recovery marketing agencies.