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" [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Keyword Evolution for Small Business: From Density, to BERT and MUM

If you want to save some time and get right to the point, make sure you are writing quality, unique content that helps your users get what they are looking for. This concept comes up so often in my blog posts and talks with clients. It seems overly simplified, but if you are running a [...]

Anchor Text for Small Business

Anchor text is another area where there can be a lot of discussions and, I believe, analysis paralysis.  In the world of SEO, we often reverse engineer to try to understand ranking factors.  We take a look at what pages are successful and then put all of the data from large samples of those successful [...]

Small Business SEO Strategy: Nuance vs Black and White

If you follow the SEO industry on Twitter, the past six months or so have seen a lot more bickering and arguing than I have seen in the 15 years prior.  Granted, there was no Twitter when I got started, and I know SEO is just a part of the greater world, so it was [...]

How Links Help Your Small Business SEO

Links are an important part of SEO, and sometimes the most confusing part for small business owners. Links were an important part of how Google differentiated itself as a search engine back when many search engines were more like the Yellow Pages with categories and alphabetizing.  Often when I sit down with (or Zoom with [...]

Small Business SEO Tools Can Mislead – It is All Relative

This post is updated, but holding true to much in SEO, the main idea holds true over the years, while the details change a little over time. This post was originally posted in August 2018, but updated in 2021. I have had a number of people recently tell me about frustrations with SEO tools like  [...]

Why Small Business Link Counts Don’t Matter

Every link tells the Google algorithm a story. It tells information about where the link is coming from and where it is going. The text around the links and on the sites on both ends have meaning. Links are an important part of the Google algorithm puzzle, and actually a big part of how they [...]

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