Small Business Alert: Google Ads Keyword Match Types Changing

I had mentioned this was coming earlier this year, but the time is upon us. Google said they were getting rid of Google Broad Modifier in late July, and that time is here. I bring this up again because you are likely to see some shifts in your data when this change officially takes place. [...]

Small Business Google Ads (PPC) Strategies to Save Money

One of the true challenges of a small business owner is to stretch our budgets and get the most out of each dollar without the benefit of the expensive automation tools that corporations have.  This is especially apparent in the world of pay-per-click advertising and Google Ads.  Corporations have the advantage of being able to [...]

Low Cost Small Business SEO Content Creation on the Fly

You know your market better than anyone. Sometimes we overthink and get stuck when it comes to content creation for our small business SEO.  I always say that you should always err on the side of just being helpful to your customers. But how do you get started, when you decide you want to show [...]

Small Biz SEO Wins with Specific Content Targeting

One of the key aspects of helping small businesses succeed with SEO is knowing where to focus your resources. There are literally hundreds of ranking factors to worry about. Each having different weights for different types of searches and industries.  Typically the small business owner doesn't have the time or budget to have every "i" [...]

Small Business Advertisers, Google, and Third-Party Cookies

There has been a lot of buzz around Google blocking third-party cookies and FLOC and a number of things that the typical small business owner isn't totally tuned into.  This post isn't intended to get into the weeds, but to give you the headlines, and the options to read up on the details. So I [...]

How Long Does My Small Business Content Have to Be For SEO?

This is an update of a prior post that mostly holds true today in 2021. Clients ask me all the time how long their content needs to be.  More than ever with broad core algorithm updates in June and July of this year (2021), the ranking factors and needs to rank are becoming more nuanced [...]

Ringing Rocks Park – You Can Be Found Anywhere

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to sneak out to Pennsylvania to cross a park off my list that I had heard about for years.  It was also nice that it included a great waterfall too. People climb up through the woods here with a hammer to hear the unique sounds of the [...]

Empathy Marketing the Key to SEO and Google Ads Success

Carolyn Lyden gave a great keynote address at SMX Advanced 2021 this week about empathy marketing and it really hit home with me. It was a great way to put much of what I have been preaching into one succinct phrase. Empathy marketing is all about the user and making sure you are giving them [...]

Risk Free & Algorithm Proof SEO for Small Business

This post was updated in June 2021. Though it always seems relevant to say Google just had an update, they tend to target different things. Some may hit small business websites harder than others.  In all cases, the meat and potatoes fundamentals of SEO haven't changed much in the 15+ years I have been in [...]

How to Address and Correct Big Drops in SEO Traffic

This is an update of a post from 2019 that still rings true. Updated a bit for some changes since then. As tends to happen from time to time, with a few big Google algorithm updates each year, I have had a lot of business owners reach out to me trying to figure out why [...]

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