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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, [...]

Search Ranked Most Effective Way to Get an American’s Business

A few interesting nuggets came from a recent survey by Fractl of over 500 Americans to learn about how they view different marketing tactics. Moz detailed the results in their recent article here. I would recommend digging into the details in the article, but the main headline is that Americans, as represented by this survey, [...]

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 [...]

Small Businesses Can Outrank Big Sites with Smart SEO

The fundamental point of the Google algorithm is to provide the best answers and user experience to searchers.  Though it can be frustrating at times when you see people game the system, there is also beauty in the fact that there is still an opportunity for small businesses to outrank the big sites if they [...]

SEO Keyword Research is a Whole New Ballgame – TF-IDF

With the rise of semantic search in recent years, which is basically Google's AI getting better at figuring out what good content is, rather than just searching for how often a specific keyword or phrase shows up on a page, the world of keyword research has changed significantly.  We no longer focus on a keyword [...]

HTTP/2 is Major Upgrade to Site Speed and Easy for Small Business

I am now back in New Jersey after spending my annual week in Seattle at the SMX Advanced conference, updating and working with the best minds in the industry to see what works and what does not, and what is safe and what is not. One of the major takeaways I had from the event [...]