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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 [...]

Google Charging for Their Own Ranking Factors a Little Sketchy?

I recently did a post on the importance of understanding how to use SEO tools.  Though there are a lot of helpful tools out there, many position themselves as the answer to your SEO needs, but a tool is only as good as the person using it, and if you don't have SEO knowledge, they [...]

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 [...]

Google’s Latest Update Dials Back Some Changes From Last Year?

Have you seen your site take a turn in traffic in recent weeks?  Was it a reversal of what happened last fall?  Google just had yet another major algorithm update on March 12. Rumors around the industry are that this update is a bit of a rollback from some of the big changes that were [...]

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 [...]

2019 Growing Ranking Factors: Lighthouse and UX

In the second of my posts on growing SEO Ranking Factors in 2019, I want to touch on Google's Lighthouse tool. As Google tries to turn more and more of your user experiences into specific metrics, the Lighthouse tool is an open window into much of the data that they are using to determine UX. [...]

Looking at the Top 5 Negative Local Search Ranking Factors

I posted earlier in the week about the latest local search ranking factors study that came out. With that post, I discussed which factors seemed to carry the most weight and some of the things a business owner could do at lower levels of effort to improve their positioning and exposure.  With this post, I [...]

Google Certified Partner: What and Why?

I recently finished my now annual exams to qualify as a Google Certified Partner, and it always brings to mind the question many ask or want to ask about what that means and why it is important.  The short answer is it doesn't mean all that much and it isn't overly important. However, the title [...]

12 Years of NJ Digital Marketing Success is Easy If You Avoid Gimmicks

It seems that every day I see some sort of social media ad with a digital marketing gimmick that is a sure sign of failure. These get rich quick SEO promises or "Beat the system" type promises must work to some extent or they would go away.  As business owners, we are always drawn to [...]

SEO Is Moving Further Toward WHEATS for Success

I shared a post from Marie Haynes yesterday about what we are seeing following the massive Google algorithm update on August 1.  She does a good job of digging into the data.  The update is called the Medic update because it seems to have hit medical sites that hardest, or what those in the industry [...]