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Warning: Small Business Owners and Google Don’t have the Same Goals for Google Ads

As a Google Ads advertiser in 2022, we are constantly being bombarded with new messages from Google. Your optimization score dropped. Your account has Google recommendations. You get emails and calls from your Google rep with suggested changes to your account.  All of these suggestions and scores are based on what is best for Google [...]

Back Up and Running

After a number of technical issues with an attempted hosting change with our site, I believe we are back up and running again. We had a false start last week only to have the blog posts that I added last week disappear on us.  After a frustrating February, we should be in good shape moving [...]

Why Focus on Small Business SEO and Digital Marketing?

I was talking with someone the other day that asked me why I chose to focus on small business SEO with my business.  Why not spend my time with bigger budgets more resources, rather than always playing from behind so to speak.  The reason is I got into this business to specifically fight for the [...]

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 Keeps Taking Away Control of Our Ad Spend

This is yet another update to an original post from fall of 2020. The other facts are true, but this now comes with a warning that Google is trying to force advertisers to grant them the right to make changes to your account. Google has gotten us attached, and then changed the rules on us [...]

Google Ads Success Stories: Turning Around a Tanking eCommerce Account

I'm often brought in to look at a Google Ads account and see if I can fix it or make tweaks to improve performance. Over the years I have helped accounts ranging from hyperlocal electricians or cleaning companies to national and even global high volume eCommerce and news organizations. One of the most common issues [...]

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 Google Ads (PPC) Strategies to Save Money

One of the true challenges of a small business owner is to stretch our budgets and get the most out of each dollar without the benefit of the expensive automation tools that corporations have.  This is especially apparent in the world of pay-per-click advertising and Google Ads.  Corporations have the advantage of being able to [...]

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 [...]

Empathy Marketing the Key to SEO and Google Ads Success

Carolyn Lyden gave a great keynote address at SMX Advanced 2021 this week about empathy marketing and it really hit home with me. It was a great way to put much of what I have been preaching into one succinct phrase. Empathy marketing is all about the user and making sure you are giving them [...]

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