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SEO Is Moving Further Toward WHEATS for Success

I shared a post from Marie Haynes yesterday about what we are seeing following the massive Google algorithm update on August 1.  She does a good job of digging into the data.  The update is called the Medic update because it seems to have hit medical sites that hardest, or what those in the industry [...]

Take Advantage of the Growth of “Near Me” Searches

Martech Advisor recently published an article on trends in search that touched on what many of us have been talking about in recent years. "Near me" searches have doubled in recent years with even higher jumps in certain shopping areas, per Google's data.  There is an opportunity here for small businesses in both SEO and [...]

Pittsburgh Local SEO-You Can Be Found Anywhere

Our June episode of You Can Be Found Anywhere comes from Pittsburgh, where we visited in May to see Andrew McCutchen return to PNC park as a SF Giant.  As a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, I have a special place in my heart for the Burgh. I have some clients located in [...]

Do You Need The Google My Business Website?

I have had this question come up a couple of times this week now that people are paying closer attention to their Google My Business listing, with its growing importance. Google provides an option on the back end of your GMB that says "Website".  A few business owners have asked if they need to create [...]

How to Post on Your Google My Business (GMB) page

It has become a distinct competitive advantage to take advantage of the latest "Posts" on Google My Business (GMB) pages for your business. If you are a local business or serve a local market even regionally, posts should be a part of your ongoing business plan. I have seen terms begin to trigger local results [...]

How to Claim Your Google My Business Listing (Spring 2018)

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. [...]

SEO Basics – Where do I start?

Many small business owners feel overwhelmed and confused by the world of SEO. It seems so complicated and they are constantly being hit with emails telling them all the things they are doing wrong and how they fail this test or that. There are hundreds of things you can do to improve your standing with [...]

When is 4.8 Greater than 5.0? The World of Fake Reviews

As with anything else that is shown to be important to Google rankings, with the importance of online reviews growing, an entire industry has sprouted up to provide fake reviews for businesses in an effort to pass competitors and gain a presence in local markets. I wish I could say that Google catches these businesses [...]

Digital Marketing Future: Customer Interaction with Reviews, Posts, Q&A, Content

Fresh off of a visit to Local University Advanced in Austin last week, I want to touch on the latest trends in digital marketing.  Though this is based in the local world, it leaks over into all of search as we move from keywords to entity search for all types of interaction with the internet [...]

NYC Technical SEO in the Manhattan Subway: Get Found

This month as part of my You Can Be Found Anywhere video series, I am in the New York City Subway system, talking about technical SEO. The inner workings and train lines in New York City are what keep everything running as smoothly and cleanly as possible. When the trains are down, it seems that [...]