Unique Experience, Not Just Unique Content for SEO

Sometimes in the world of SEO we get a little too black and white in a world with a lot of grays. Google themselves tells us that the number one ranking factor is user experience (UX), which probably includes hundreds of what we all consider individual ranking factors, which opens up to a lot of [...]

Examining Five-Star Reviews

I may be a little too close to the review world, but each time I hear a radio ad come on that talks about how many five-star reviews they have, it makes me cringe.  For one thing, there is no mention of how many 1-star reviews they have or even 2 stars.  There is no [...]

Handling Digital Marketing Emergencies: SEO, GBP, Google & Digital Ads

I often get calls to help both clients and prospects deal with digital marketing emergencies that pop up.  Businesses often run into digital marketing roadblocks, and they aren't sure how to navigate through them.  Many small businesses will suddenly see calls or leads drop off dramatically and aren't sure where to turn.  In some cases, [...]

Will Smith and Google Understanding Searcher Intent

Will Smith set the country on fire last night with his actions at the Oscars. Without getting into the psychology of whether Will Smith is ok or the morality of what he did, let us all acknowledge it made everyone start Googling Will Smith this morning. It is a good example of how Google has [...]

AI Created Content Not The Answer for Small Business SEO – Yet

In the world of SEO, we have heard for years that "content is king". Creating great, and unique, content is the best way to target users and keywords for SEO.  More importantly, content that helps provide the best answer to users' searches. I have talked about "information gain" in the past for SEO.  Providing new [...]

The 3 Fundamental Pieces of the Small Business SEO Puzzle

SEO can be complicated. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of ranking factors.  Every factor has a balance in terms of the search term and competition, so things can get a bit complicated. When I started in the SEO world over 15 years ago, there were some basic and consistent overall ranking factors. Then [...]

Learning from 2021 for a Successful 2022 in SEO and Google Ads for Your Small Business

It has been a pretty wild couple of years for everyone, including the world of search. As the pandemic started to take over the way business operated in 2020, we saw more and more reliance on search and digital marketing to connect with our audiences. More and more people were forced to stay at home [...]

Risk Free & Algorithm Proof SEO for Small Business

This post was updated in November 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 [...]

Should You Go Bold For SEO? Everything is Relative

Google's John Mueller recently came out and stated that bolded text can help with your SEO. Naturally, this will drive a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding of what that means. Having been in this industry for over 15 years, I see how many that don't pay close attention or look for shortcuts tend to take [...]

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" [...]

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