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 [...]

You Can Be Found Anywhere Talking SEO from the Napali Coast, Kauai

Our latest edition of You Can Be Found Anywhere has me joining you from the Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii. As always, this is to remind you that with good digital marketing and SEO, you can be found by your potential customers at any time and from any place.  That perfect moment when your customer [...]

Examining Five-Star Reviews

I may be a little too close to the review world, but each time I hear a radio ad come on that talks about how many five-star reviews they have, it makes me cringe.  For one thing, there is no mention of how many 1-star reviews they have or even 2 stars.  There is no [...]

Oregon Bucket List and SEO – You Can Be Found Anywhere

I recently had the amazing opportunity to see one of my bucket list waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Multnomah Falls is a large and picturesque waterfall that can actually be viewed pretty easily from just off the main highway that drives through the gorge. I was fortunate enough to pop in early [...]

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, [...]

AI Created Content Not The Answer for Small Business SEO – Yet

In the world of SEO, we have heard for years that "content is king". Creating great, and unique, content is the best way to target users and keywords for SEO.  More importantly, content that helps provide the best answer to users' searches. I have talked about "information gain" in the past for SEO.  Providing new [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Long-Tail Keywords Still Key in 2022 for Small Business SEO Success

This is an update of a popular post from 2020.  Though the studies referenced have aged a bit, the overlying theme is still the same, if not stronger. The best route into competitiveness for a small business is to focus on these long tail keywords with more specificity.  The most obvious long tail is 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 [...]

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