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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 [...]

Small Business SEO Audits: What Really Moves the Dial?

It is believed that there are literally hundreds of ranking factors for the Google algorithm. Being in the SEO world every day, I have to decide on which tools to use for audits to determine what is right or wrong with different businesses and their approach to SEO.  Typically any small business web presence is [...]

North Carolina SEO Rankings: You Can Be Found Anywhere

This month our You Can Be Found Anywhere segment finds me sliding down sliding rock at Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.  I would highly recommend it. Avoid Sliding SEO Rankings The idea here is that if you see your rankings are sliding, you definitely want to call in a reputable SEO consultant to help [...]

Digital Marketing Research Important For Every Target

On the heels of the great Moz tool I shared yesterday, I wanted to explain why this is so helpful and important to small business owners trying to compete in the digital marketing world.  Just in the past week, I have had two small business owners come to me with the goal of competing for [...]

10 Years of BBB Accreditation and You Can Be Found Trademark

A few business notes for You Can Be Found.  In the past few months, we have reached a couple of milestones. Though we have been around since 2006, first as our original name, The SEO Helpdesk, and then with our DBA You Can Be Found, which seemed to relate better to people that were confused [...]

Schoodic Peninsula Maine SEO Fundamentals: YCBF Anywhere

The latest You Can Be Found anywhere is from the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine, a lesser traveled area of Acadia National Park, one of my favorite places. Some of my favorite hikes were in the relative quiet of the Schoodic Peninsula.  This month we focus on the rock hard fundamentals needed to build your SEO [...]

Small Business Owners Beware the Robots with Google Ads and SEO

On the heels of the recent Search Engine Land article about the effectiveness of allowing for automated recommendations from Google for your ads, I wanted to remind everyone of the dangers of turning to the tempting world of automated tools for SEO or Pay Per Click management. As their article and one of my recent [...]