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Low Hanging Fruit of Small Business Link Building

Links are often the most misunderstood part of SEO for small business owners trying to compete in this confusing environment.  With recent studies showing inbound links still being a huge part of ranking success, I still have many talks with business owners that think if you just insert keywords on your pages and in your [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Google Data Studio Can Tell the Right Story for Your Small Business

At a recent local search conference I learned more about the amazing Google Data Studio tool, which is free and though has a little bit of a learning curve, can do an amazing job at combining a lot of that important information from different sources into one spot.  One of the problems I was having [...]

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.  [...]

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. [...]

YCBF Anywhere Talking SEO Factors in the Kingdom of Wonder

Cambodia is called the Kingdom of Wonder, and their greatest wonder is the Angkor Wat Temple. Though the Siem Reap area of Cambodia has hundreds of temples to view and enjoy, Angkor Wat is the signature spot and the target of one of my bucket list trips.  It is as beautiful as you would hope.  [...]