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Quarantine SEO Deals During Coronavirus to Help Small Businesses

These are difficult times for small business owners and we aren't sure when they will end. Business owners are adjusting their business models to switch to the current situation with curbside loading zones and moving to online sales. One thing is certain in the quarantine landscape.  From inside our homes, the only real way to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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?  [...]

SEO: Back to Basics 2019-2020

The Google algorithm gets smarter and more complex every day. Google would tell you that they are constantly tweaking the algorithm and may have several adjustments each week.  In the past, there have been one or two each year that are big enough to rock the industry and cause fundamental change to approach.  In 2019, [...]

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 [...]