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Google Gets Keywords From Your Images

This is an update of an older post. Google's understanding of images has evolved greatly and it is definitely an important aspect of how they understand the content on your site and your Google Business Profile heading into 2024. I shared the amazing Local Search Deep Dive a few years back with Mike Blumenthal and [...]

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 [...]

GBP and Small Biz Success: Google Business Profile Gives and it Takes Away

Recent months have been a roller coaster ride in the world of Google Business Profiles.  Though we know they can be a huge piece in the success of your business, we also can find ourselves beating our heads against the wall trying to navigate the glitches and errors that can cause major changes in our [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Google My Business is now Google Business Profiles

Everybody is re-branding these days. Facebook decided to go "Meta" the other day and now Google is doing it with their local business tool. It doesn't seem that long ago when they abandoned Google plus and moved to Google My Business, though I guess it has been several years.  For some reason, these companies love [...]

Small Business & Local SEO: All About Reviews

On the heels of a recent Semrush study on the importance of reviews for local rankings, I wanted to update this post on local ranking factors. It is now more important than ever to bake reviews into your process. I recommend digging into the study but it shows that the median top-ranking business had 16% [...]

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 [...]

Warning: How Not to Get Good Reviews

This is a quick post because it has come up a few times in the past week talking with business owners and even the example image letter I recently got after making a purchase. Please don't risk getting yourself in trouble by offering prizes or rewards for 5-star reviews. Both Google and Amazon have strong [...]

Local SEO- How A Local Business Can Improve Its Rankings

Local SEO is necessary for both online and offline businesses.  Today there is a lot of competition, even for traditional brick and mortar firms, and people have become used to researching everything on Google. Whether you need an electrician, a plumber or an interior designer, the easiest thing you can do is to search for [...]

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