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Google Ads Keeps Changing the Rules to Keep More of Your Small Biz Money

I have reported many times on how Google regularly makes apparently subtle changes to the rules in Google Ads that essentially move the goalposts and give them more control of the money you spend.  At a time when Google Ads revenue is up, but their share of search is down, it makes sense that they [...]

Geotargeting in Google Ads Getting Worse, Especially for Local Businesses

I try to use my blog to simplify some of the more advanced and "in the weeds" issues in digital marketing.  Digging into the Google algorithm or the constant evolution and shift in all of the options and settings in Google Ads.  One thing that has really hit businesses in the last couple of years [...]

Negative Keywords Extremely Important Part in Small Biz Google Ads Success

This is a significant update to an article I wrote back in 2017 when Google changed what "Exact Match" keywords meant by definition. More changes have made negative keywords grow in importance. Negative keywords have become more important than ever, and many small business owners don't even know that they exist.  Just to clarify, when [...]

Should You Trust Google AI in Your Google Ads?

Google AI Ads. You might have gotten to this post because you’re searching for guidance on the latest AI offerings from Google Ads. The world of digital marketing is increasingly embracing artificial intelligence (AI) , and Google Ads is no exception. However, with this shift comes a crucial question for marketers and businesses alike: should [...]

Enhancing Small Business SEO and Google Ads for Online Success

Importance of Digital Marketing for Small Businesses In today's digital era, it's essential for small businesses to integrate both traditional and digital marketing strategies to reach a broader global audience. Digital marketing offers numerous advantages, including the ability to engage with prospects, target the right audience, communicate at every stage of the buying process, save [...]

These are the leading causes of Google Ads waste for small businesses

The Impact of Google Ads Waste on Small Businesses Google Ads has become a vital tool for small businesses in driving online visibility and acquiring customers. It offers a platform for businesses to target potential customers at the exact moment they are searching for relevant products or services. However, without proper optimization and management, Google [...]

Why Digital Marketing for Small Businesses? Maximizing ROI

In today's digital landscape, small businesses need to leverage the power of digital marketing to thrive and stay competitive. This blog post delves into the importance of digital marketing for small businesses, with a particular focus on the return on investment (ROI) of tactics like search engine optimization (SEO). We'll explore why measuring success is [...]

What are SEO and PPC with a little help from Bard

I recently was given early access to Bard and wanted to play around a bit. I had just had a prospect ask me this question yesterday morning, so I thought I would see what Bard had to say about it, and then tweak a bit with my own thoughts.  Sometimes this type of thing can [...]

Small Business Digital Marketing Made Easy – SEO, PPC, Local Search

You work hard at what you do.  You are successful because you have a passion and love for what you offer. The hard part is all of the other stuff that comes with running your business. The accounting, the HR, and the other stuff. And of course the marketing. How do you decide what works [...]

Make It Easy For Your Visitor: CRO and UX Small Business Basics

One of the most common problems I find when working with smaller businesses diving into Google Ads or SEO for the first time is basic conversion rate optimization (CRO) concepts. Why aren't people calling or buying my product when I first turn on a Google Ads campaign or get started? In recent years, it has [...]

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