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Small Business & Local SEO: Reviews

I have posted many times in recent months on the importance of reviews and some of the key pieces of why they are so important for your business going forward. In fact, some of this may be a bit of a review of reviews if you have been keeping up to date with the blog. [...]

Small Business & Local SEO: Link Building

This is part two of a little series to help small business owners focus on the core pieces of their SEO that really move the needle in 2020.  With literally hundreds of ranking factors, SEO can be overwhelming and confusing. All of the factors do matter, but when you have limited time and resources, it [...]

Small Business & Local SEO: Content & Topic Proximity

Fresh off of a nice, but brief talk with the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, where I really had to streamline a longer SEO talk into just the basics, it got me thinking about some very basic stuff small business owners can keep in mind to help with their SEO in 2020.  I am [...]

DIY Free Entity Tool for SEO Content Ideas

With content becoming more and more important as a ranking factor, even though it has always been king, there are many great tools out there to help SEO's to research semantic search topics. For example, if y0u want to rank for a certain phrase, what other content topics should be covered in what you write?  [...]

Time to Rewrite Your Page Titles? SEO Evolution

With each year and update, Google gets better and smarter at understanding searcher intent and providing the best answers to their queries.  Title tags have always been an important part of small business SEO.  They are sometimes approached formulaically, trying to get in that main keyword and maybe the key geographic target. But now with [...]

Content is King in SEO: More Pages For Each Topic in 2020

Since I got involved in the SEO industry nearly 14 years ago, "Content is King" has been one of the major themes.  With algorithm updates over the years, Google has gotten better at algorithmically rewarding and penalizing good and bad content, by looking at different ranking factors. These factors include speed and links pointed at [...]

GMB: Improving Review Score and Responses Improve Conversions

Search Engine Land recently dug into a recent study showing how increases in review score and responses correlated to more conversions. This seems like a no brainer to those that have been following closely and understand that Google rewards interacting with your GMB page, but it is important in that any time we show true [...]

Check Out How Google Understands Your Images

I shared the amazing Local Search Deep Dive last week with Mike Blumenthal and Carrie Hill discussing how amazing Google has become at understanding images and relating them to search entities. You can listen and read about that here. I wanted to share the tool they mention and give a little bit of perspective on [...]

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 [...]

Why You Really Should Ask Everyone for Reviews

Just last week I talked to someone who explained how they did "Review Gating" for their company. This is a practice that was banned by Google back in the spring of 2018.  This means you can get in trouble and in many cases lose all of your reviews if found to be "gating". What is [...]