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Show Users and Google Your Credibility to Excel at SEO

It has been mayhem in the Google search results in recent weeks, and really in the last couple of years. Another big change coming up very soon. Google has been incorporating AI into results as well as making up for a bad PR hit they had from updates in 2023.  It is easy to get [...]

Why Your Small Business Shouldn’t Solely Rely On AI Content to Succeed at SEO

First of all, as with many SEO messages, there is nuance here.  It is ok to use AI tools to assist in creating content, but you can't expect results if you rely totally on them.  It may not be fair, but as we move forward in the world of AI, Google and Bing are essentially [...]

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 SEO, People Also Ask and ChatGPT – AI SEO Content?

There has been a lot of excitement of late in the world of AI as the ChatGPT tool has been surprising people with the quality of experience it provides in chatting, or writing helpful answers to questions and queries. You can find out more about it at the link, but it is essentially a "smart" [...]

How to do Free Content Pruning after Google Helpful Content Update

I mentioned earlier in the week that the "Helpful Content Update" is coming from Google. In some ways, it has already begun. Google already has the data. It is just a matter of pushing the button and rolling it out.  I have shared details on the update and the key facts from reputable industry information [...]

What is Helpful Content for Small Business SEO?

If you follow the world of SEO closely, you have heard there is a huge change coming to the Google algorithm. It has been called the "Helpful Content Update".  Some industry experts expect it to change the face of SEO on the level of some of the biggest updates ever like "Panda" eleven years ago. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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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