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SEO and SEM Talks for your Chamber or Business Networking Group

SEO and Google Ads can be very rewarding to your business, but they can also be very confusing. It can be very easy to be led down the path by old news or even by Google themselves. With over a decade in the industry, I take great joy in educating small business owners about the [...]

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 [...]

Small Business Owners Beware the Robots with Google Ads and SEO

On the heels of the recent Search Engine Land article about the effectiveness of allowing for automated recommendations from Google for your ads, I wanted to remind everyone of the dangers of turning to the tempting world of automated tools for SEO or Pay Per Click management. As their article and one of my recent [...]

Latest Google Ads Scams May Be Google Themselves

Be careful out there.  For years I have saved several people per year who had "help" from Google with setting up their Google Adwords or now Google Ads campaigns.  There was a time when I was warning people about fake Google people calling and tricking business owners into letting them "help" them with Google Ads. [...]

Avoid Mistakes Setting Up Your Small Business Google Search Ads Campaign

Google Ads can be a powerful tool for businesses to get found when potential customers or clients are searching for what they have to offer, but there is a lot of danger in setting up your ad campaigns if you don't know how to avoid the traps Google has set up for you. The problem [...]

How to Stop or Start Your Google Ads Campaign

This is a basic but important post to show you how to start (enable) or stop (pause) y0ur Google Ads campaigns. I have helped many small business owners set up campaigns and often I am asked how to turn them on or off.  If you have had a consultant build a campaign for you, which [...]

Get Your Google Responsive Search Ads Going

It seems like we are always chasing the newest gadget or whistle that Google offers for its paid advertising program.  It seems not too long ago we all had to convert the old text ads into new, expanded text ads.  Truthfully, I still run into a couple of accounts each month from someone who is [...]

Copy and Paste Large Cities and States List for Google Ads Negative Keyword Lists

If you manage Google Ads for your company or for many companies, you will sometimes notice pesky city or state names coming up in your search terms that are irrelevant to you. This happens a lot if you are targeting a large geographic area, but are only trying to get people focused on your location.  [...]

Watch out! Google Trying to Control Google Ad Spend

In a scary turn, Google is now notifying some Google Ads advertisers that it will have its own experts begin managing their campaigns.  You have 7 days to opt out of this. Let's put this in perspective a little bit. Google Will Control How You Spend Money With Them This is like handing your car dealer [...]

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 [...]