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 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 [...]

Small Business UX Basics in 2021: Remember the Users

2021 is expected to be a year with new technology forcing us all to focus on the user more than ever. Google has always said UX is the top-ranking factor. I have always said that is pretty vague considering how many individual factors make up UX, but if you have been ignoring the user up [...]

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  [...]

How Duplicate Content Can Hurt Or Help Your Small Business SEO

On the heels of John Mueller from Google making a statement about duplicate content not being a negative ranking factor this week, I wanted to just simplify and clarify for small business owners.  I have run into this issue over and over again throughout the years with small and local businesses.  The most common use [...]

Small Business SEO in 2021: Keep Focusing on the Basics

This is an update of a prior post but still holds true.  This underlines the fact that the ABC's of SEO stays the same and consistent and you can succeed without getting bogged down by the details. Let us focus on the details and you focus on doing a good job. The Google algorithm gets [...]

Core Web Vitals for Small Business SEO in 2021

Google will tell you that User Experience (often seen as UX) is the most important ranking factor. This basically means that they have the user in mind for all of their algorithm tweaks, but is also quite vague and encompasses everything. UX includes good content, fast loading pages, easy to navigate websites, and trusted sources. [...]

Small Business SEO and Google Ads Strategies Heading into 2021

There is SEO and then there is small business SEO.  Often lost in the headlines of optimal conditions for highly competitive websites competing at the highest end of Google searches is that when it filters down to small business local or niche sites, often the competitive landscape significantly shifts what the priorities are.  This is [...]

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