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Important Elements of a Small Business SEO Plan

I recently had the opportunity to have a small business prospect share with me the SEO plan being presented by a competitor of mine.  It was alarming how much they were missing the mark.  For the most part, the company would be wasting money in the wrong places and completely ignoring other important aspects of [...]

Arkansas SEO Trail for Success: YCBF Anywhere

Our latest You Can Be Found Anywhere finds me riding one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the USA.  The Pig Trail Scenic Byway works its way through Ozark National Forest with lots of twisting turns, waterfalls, and beautiful scenic overlooks. You won't forget a quick drive down this road that is about an [...]

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 [...]

The Future of Reviews 2020: The Specifics

As Google gets more nuanced with its algorithm over time, we are seeing reviews move up in importance and offer a lot more information than simply the overall score.  Sergey Alakov recently found Google showing thumbs up and thumbs down to specific features within hotel reviews. This is the canary in the coal mine for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Are Images the Next Driver in Google Local Search?

David Mihm has been providing brilliant predictions about local search for as long as I can remember. In his most recent discussion with another local search legend, Mike Blumenthal, they discuss the changing local landscape and how images seem to be growing in importance. I blogged about GMB images recently but wanted to bring to [...]

Google My Business (GMB) Photos Boost Local Rankings

A great new study was outlined on Search Engine Land last week that shows a high correlation between the number of images you have on your Google My Business page and your listings search presence.  I don't plan to go into all the details here, as the article covered that pretty well.  However, it is [...]