Keyword Matching

Geotargeting in Google Ads Getting Worse, Especially for Local Businesses

I try to use my blog to simplify some of the more advanced and "in the weeds" issues in digital marketing.  Digging into the Google algorithm or the constant evolution and shift in all of the options and settings in Google Ads.  One thing that has really hit businesses in the last couple of years [...]

Latest Google Ads Scams May Be Google Themselves

Be careful out there.  For years I have saved several people per year who had "help" from Google with setting up their Google Adwords (now referred to as Google Ads) campaigns.  There was a time when I was warning people about fake people calling and tricking business owners into letting them "help" them with Google [...]

Common Small Biz Google Ads Mistakes to Avoid

Google Ads can be very confusing for small business owners.  They know that. That's why they call you all the time to try to tell you what to do and why they try to take over your decision-making with Smart Campaigns, etc.  They are trying to make it a bit easier, but also trying to [...]

The Dangers of Broad Match Reliance in Google Ads

I know I have preached for years about small businesses being very careful with the Google Ads default keyword targeting setup which is known as "broad match". I just wanted to point out a few reasons why, as I had a client come across examples of this recently. Here are a couple of things that [...]

Small Business Alert: Google Ads Keyword Match Types Changing

I had mentioned this was coming earlier this year, but the time is upon us. Google said they were getting rid of Google Broad Modifier in late July, and that time is here. I bring this up again because you are likely to see some shifts in your data when this change officially takes place. [...]

Small Businesses Can Outrank Big Sites with Smart SEO

The fundamental point of the Google algorithm is to provide the best answers and user experience to searchers.  Though it can be frustrating at times when you see people game the system, there is also beauty in the fact that there is still an opportunity for small businesses to outrank the big sites if they [...]

SEO Keyword Research is a Whole New Ballgame – TF-IDF

With the rise of semantic search in recent years, which is basically Google's AI getting better at figuring out what good content is, rather than just searching for how often a specific keyword or phrase shows up on a page, the world of keyword research has changed significantly.  We no longer focus on a keyword [...]

The Best SEO Tool is A Company That Knows What Matters

There are many, many SEO tools out there to help you move your site up the rankings.  Some promise instant results or "automated SEO" that will take care of everything and let you focus on your business. In actuality, like with any tool, they don't have much value unless you understand how to apply their [...]

Copy and Paste Large Cities and States List for Google Ads Negative Keyword Lists

If you manage Google Ads for your company or for many companies, you will sometimes notice pesky city or state names coming up in your search terms that are irrelevant to you. This happens a lot if you are targeting a large geographic area, but are only trying to get people focused on your location.  [...]

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce SEO Presentation

I had the absolute pleasure this morning to present to the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce about all things search, including SEO, Google Ads, GMB, and more. We had a nice group of around 50 pack into the networking room on 44th street in midtown Manhattan to walk through the important aspects of search. [...]

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