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Information Gain and the Future of SEO

The world of SEO is always changing and it pays to be able to look into the future a bit and read the tea leaves to stay ahead of the curve.  Though 2020 has been a mess in many ways, including the world of SEO and local search, with service pauses, Google glitches (see this [...]

Lots of Google My Business (GMB) Changes That You Need to Know About

We have some big news with some new offerings coming out in the coming days, but with all of the changes and updates with Google My Business (GMB) in recent days, I thought it was important to do a quick overview to highlight some of the things that are going on. Some of these are [...]

Google Believes What People Say About You: Reviews and Your Business

I have talked in the past about Entity Search and how Google views your business as an entity with other entities associated with it. In some areas, you can see what entities Google associates with your business.  It is never as clear as what has been popping up recently in local search reviews.  Google will [...]

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 [...]

Where do I start with my SEO?

There are a lot of moving pieces in the SEO world and literally, hundreds of different things are shown to have correlations with your rankings in Google.  Often, for small business owners who just step into this world because they see how important it is, it leads to immediate confusion. They meet with a few [...]

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 [...]

Do I Need A Physical Address in a City to Rank There?

One of the local search headaches for many businesses, and especially service area businesses, is the importance Google still gives to the address for ranking.  A recent post came out from Sterling Sky outlining the importance of having a physical address in a city that you want rank highly in. For example, if you want [...]

Online Reviews Mean Much More Than You Realize: Review Management

GatherUp recently released 120+ amazing statistics on the importance of reviews for business success. This just underlines what I have been shouting for years... or maybe puts it in bold with an exclamation point.  As we move into the future with better algorithms and artificial intelligence, and with Google getting smarter at weeding out fake [...]

You Need New Content for Your Digital Pivot: SEO-PPC-GMB

It is a different time and many businesses are tweaking and pivoting their business model to compete in different ways. There is an opportunity there, but you want to do it the right way. In terms of getting business via SEO or paid search (Google Ads or others), you need content that explains what you [...]

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 [...]