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 [...]

Creative Keyword Research: Google Trends

Content is King in the world of SEO and sometimes it helps to get your content out there early and get positioning before your competitors in the small business world.  One of the questions I hear most often is "what do I write about?".  It seems simple, but once you start to focus I find [...]

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  [...]

Long-Tail Keywords for Small Business SEO

A number of recent studies I have shared recently have given business owners and small business SEO experts like myself a chance to read between the lines and adjust our strategies.  Combining recent studies like the Banklinko study I shared on social media yesterday and a recent update to a great and in-depth guide to [...]

Service Intent Searches During COVID-19 Corona Virus Period in NJ

UPDATE: Because Google Trends shows week data ending on weekends, I will update in the beginning of the week for the prior week. Last night the NBA season was postponed due to the virus.  This is likely only one of the beginning signs of a major disruption to everyone's lives in the US over the [...]

Searching for a Happy Thanksgiving?

This is an updated post from 2015. On this day before Thanksgiving I just wanted to reach out and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and have a little non-scientific fun looking at what we search for related to Thanksgiving.  I used the Google keyword tool to inform my data here and started my research [...]

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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 [...]

Niche E-commerce SEO Success with Content Deconstruction and Targeting

In the past year or so I have taken on more e-commerce clients to help in what are often very tough markets. Usually, in the e-commerce space, you are taking on not only Amazon but other brand behemoths that will always have stronger domains than your small business site. There is an answer to getting [...]

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 [...]

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