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Many Small Business Owners Dealing the GMB Glitches

You are not alone. In recent months I have come across more strange glitches in the GMB system than I have seen in years. Though Google My Business is clearly a priority for Google and they are putting more and more options and tools to help you interact with your potential customers directly on the [...]

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce SEO Presentation

I had the absolute pleasure this morning to present to the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce about all things search, including SEO, Google Ads, GMB, and more. We had a nice group of around 50 pack into the networking room on 44th street in midtown Manhattan to walk through the important aspects of search. [...]

How to Claim Your Google My Business Listing

With the growing importance of the Google My Business (GMB) listing and Google committing even more to making Google My Business an important part of local business, it is important for any business to claim or gain control of their listing, so they can control the information that is presented and better interact with customers. [...]

Responding to Online Reviews is Important for SEO and Business In General

After a conversation about a panel I will be participating on around review management, I thought it would be a good idea to go in more depth about review management, and also how and when to appropriately respond to reviews. While I had a busy day or two, the folks at GatherUp beat me to [...]

Advanced Local Search Tips for Your GMB Listing

If you have been following along on social media, you know I attended the Local U Advanced Conference in Santa Monica last week.  There is so much information that gets pushed at you in a short period of time, it is sometimes difficult to organize it and make it digestible for the normal person that [...]

You Can Be Found Anywhere – SEO at the Santa Monica Pier

The latest episode of You Can Be Found Anywhere takes place at the Santa Monica Pier.  This is one of the world's most famous piers and is a fine opportunity to talk about how a great search engine marketing plan including SEO, PPC, and/or local search will help your business stand out from its peers.  [...]

The Difficult World of Reviews and Review Management

Online reviews have been growing in importance in recent years. Just looking back at some of my recent posts about review management and the importance or reviews show how they are growing in importance and popularity.  Aside from that, business owners are now getting inundated with offers for review management tools. I have always been [...]

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. [...]

2019 Growing Ranking Factors: Dwell Time

Over the next week or so I am going to do a series of posts on some factors that seem to be growing in importance in the SEO world. We should try to pay more attention to these factors in 2019, when we can, to improve our positioning and success. Dwell time is a somewhat [...]