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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 [...]

Content is King in SEO: More Pages For Each Topic in 2020

Since I got involved in the SEO industry nearly 14 years ago, "Content is King" has been one of the major themes.  With algorithm updates over the years, Google has gotten better at algorithmically rewarding and penalizing good and bad content, by looking at different ranking factors. These factors include speed and links pointed at [...]

SEO: Back to Basics 2019-2020

The Google algorithm gets smarter and more complex every day. Google would tell you that they are constantly tweaking the algorithm and may have several adjustments each week.  In the past, there have been one or two each year that are big enough to rock the industry and cause fundamental change to approach.  In 2019, [...]

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 [...]

How to Address and Correct Big Drops in SEO Traffic

As tends to happen from time to time, with a few big Google algorithm updates each year, I have had a lot of business owners reach out to me in the last few weeks, trying to figure out why their traffic has dropped and/or their phones stopped ringing. Though digging into these issues does take [...]

Why Evergreen Content Can Be Dangerous for SEO

In the world of SEO and the Google algorithm, there are always hot tips and tactics that help you advance with the latest Google adjustment. In most cases over the years, tactics that are initially good ideas and meant to help, eventually get abused to the point of becoming a negative for you and your [...]

The Best SEO Tool is A Company That Knows What Matters

There are many, many SEO tools out there to help you move your site up the rankings.  Some promise instant results or "automated SEO" that will take care of everything and let you focus on your business. In actuality, like with any tool, they don't have much value unless you understand how to apply their [...]

Content Audit: What is Helping and What is Hurting?

With the latest Google algorithm update, much has been said about content audits and figuring out which old content is valuable to you and what is dragging you down or hurting your site.  In these days of "crawl budget" worries, site owners need to make sure Google comes to the right pages and ignores those [...]

Reputation a Growing Part of the Changing Google Algorithm

In recent years the industry will buzz after each algorithm update about specific measures that have changed regarding the BBB rating or the number of reviews, etc. Often Google will come out and say that certain items are not specifically part of the algorithm, even when much of the data would say otherwise.  In many [...]