Google Algorithm Update

Home/Google Algorithm Update

Making the Right SEO and Local Search Decisions

A recent study by Sterling Sky on the effectiveness of keyword stuffing in the business name on Google My Business brings up a regularly occurring issue in the world of SEO - when is it ok to break the rules to take advantage of flaws in the search algorithm? I regularly have prospects or clients [...]

How Long Does My Small Business Content Have to Be For SEO?

Clients ask me all the time how long their content needs to be.  Unfortunately, though the answer is simple, it can be a little bit frustrating.  As is the case with everything for SEO, the real answer comes down to the search and the competition. There is no set number that works for everything. This [...]

Risk Free & Algorithm Proof SEO for Small Business

With yet another major Google algorithm shift this past weekend, this time appearing to target local search considerably, I wanted to calm everyone that might get nervous from algorithm shift to algorithm shift.  It is important to have an SEO plan that focuses on fundamental improvements and doesn't chase each algorithm update.  Algorithm updates are [...]

Important Elements of a Small Business SEO Plan

I recently had the opportunity to have a small business prospect share with me the SEO plan being presented by a competitor of mine.  It was alarming how much they were missing the mark.  For the most part, the company would be wasting money in the wrong places and completely ignoring other important aspects of [...]

Time to Rewrite Your Page Titles? SEO Evolution

With each year and update, Google gets better and smarter at understanding searcher intent and providing the best answers to their queries.  Title tags have always been an important part of small business SEO.  They are sometimes approached formulaically, trying to get in that main keyword and maybe the key geographic target. But now with [...]

SEO Competitive Research in Annapolis: Army-Navy YCBF Anywhere

This is a quick follow-up of the You Can Be Found Anywhere from West Point last week. This time we are in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, home of the Navy football team. One of the biggest rivalry games in sports is the annual Army-Navy football game, which takes place this weekend, so I [...]

Check Out How Google Understands Your Images

I shared the amazing Local Search Deep Dive last week with Mike Blumenthal and Carrie Hill discussing how amazing Google has become at understanding images and relating them to search entities. You can listen and read about that here. I wanted to share the tool they mention and give a little bit of perspective on [...]

North Carolina SEO Rankings: You Can Be Found Anywhere

This month our You Can Be Found Anywhere segment finds me sliding down sliding rock at Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.  I would highly recommend it. Avoid Sliding SEO Rankings The idea here is that if you see your rankings are sliding, you definitely want to call in a reputable SEO consultant to help [...]

SEO is About Change: Being Flexible is Important

2019 has been a year of change in the world of SEO and Google Local Search.  So was 2018, and 2017, and... The point is that if you are going to invest in SEO, which can be incredibly successful when done right, you need to be ready for change.  In fact, I wrote this post [...]

10 Years of BBB Accreditation and You Can Be Found Trademark

A few business notes for You Can Be Found.  In the past few months, we have reached a couple of milestones. Though we have been around since 2006, first as our original name, The SEO Helpdesk, and then with our DBA You Can Be Found, which seemed to relate better to people that were confused [...]