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Small Businesses Can Outrank Big Sites with Smart SEO

The fundamental point of the Google algorithm is to provide the best answers and user experience to searchers.  Though it can be frustrating at times when you see people game the system, there is also beauty in the fact that there is still an opportunity for small businesses to outrank the big sites if they [...]

Niche E-commerce SEO Success with Content Deconstruction and Targeting

In the past year or so I have taken on more e-commerce clients to help in what are often very tough markets. Usually, in the e-commerce space, you are taking on not only Amazon but other brand behemoths that will always have stronger domains than your small business site. There is an answer to getting [...]

Cheap Ways to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile Friendly

If your site isn't mobile friendly yet, you either haven't been paying attention, or you have been so busy that you haven't had a chance to address it. Google started rolling out mobile first indexing in 2018, and now your rankings are based on the mobile version of your site.  Even if you aren't worried [...]

HTTP/2 is Major Upgrade to Site Speed and Easy for Small Business

I am now back in New Jersey after spending my annual week in Seattle at the SMX Advanced conference, updating and working with the best minds in the industry to see what works and what does not, and what is safe and what is not. One of the major takeaways I had from the event [...]

SEO Siloing is a Difference Maker

One of the best things about my attending SMX Advanced each year is that I usually have a session in Day 1 that leaves me happy that I made the trip.  Once that session has happened, everything else is just icing on the cake.  Typically that session is the SEO Factors session, but this year [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Crawl Budget and Indexing Matters More in 2019 for Small Businesses

In recent weeks, crawl budget and indexing questions and issues have come up more and more with prospects and clients.  Crawl budget and indexing issues were once more a big site issue, but now something smaller businesses need to be conscious of.  As we continue to grow good content for all of our sites, we [...]

Looking at SEO’s Most Important Ranking Factors for 2019

Search Engine Watch recently put out an article on the key ranking factors for 2019. Keeping in line with what I have said for years, the ABC's of ranking in Google have stayed the same since day 1. Google has simply gotten better at quantifying the user experience than they used to be so they [...]