Google Keeps Taking Away Control of Our Ad Spend

Google has slowly but surely snuck into our hearts and then changed the rules on us so that we lose control of how to spend our important advertising dollars. From changing the definition of "exact" a few years ago, which removed our ability to advertise for only the exact (correct definition) search queries we wanted, [...]

What is Going on with Title Tags and Google?

There has been a lot of drama around the title tag this past week in the world of Google and SEO.  What does everything mean and how should you approach it in terms of y0ur SEO strategy? What is a Title Tag? Your title tag is a meta tag for any page of your website.  [...]

The Dangers of Broad Match Reliance in Google Ads

I know I have preached for years about small businesses being very careful with the Google Ads default keyword targeting setup which is known as "broad match". I just wanted to point out a few reasons why, as I had a client come across examples of this recently. Here are a couple of things that [...]

You Can Be Found Anywhere: White Mountains Wilderness & Search Marketing

I am back with another You Can Be Found Anywhere. This one is from a recent trip to the White Mountains. We were in the Maine portion of the beautiful White Mountains but found our way to some pretty remote spots of the wilderness. Always in search of waterfalls, natural water slides, and swimming holes, [...]

Optimization Score Dropped – Does it Matter?

In the world we live in with constant notifications for everything from new emails and texts to news updates and more, we are constantly triggered into action or worry by the latest icon that pops up on our phones.  Google adds to the digital stress with regular updates on your optimization score. I've written before [...]

Be Wary of Google My Business (GMB) Only Approaches

I have seen a number of ads out there lately for services that say that you only need to work on your GMB (Google My Business) listing for success in local search. I'm here to offer a bit of a warning that, as often is the case, these quick gimmick plans don't tell you all [...]

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 [...]

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