Core Web Vitals for Small Business SEO – What Does it Mean?

Updated Post: Google recently delayed the rollout of the Core Web Vitals update to mid-June. However, the below still rings true. I often say in SEO everything is relative.  It can be frustrating to some, because "it depends" is a common answer in the SEO world.  Factors change based on searcher intent so every search [...]

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  [...]

Core Web Vitals for Small Business SEO in 2021

Google will tell you that User Experience (often seen as UX) is the most important ranking factor. This basically means that they have the user in mind for all of their algorithm tweaks, but is also quite vague and encompasses everything. UX includes good content, fast loading pages, easy to navigate websites, and trusted sources. [...]

HTTP/2 is Major Upgrade to Site Speed and Easy for Small Business

I am now back in New Jersey after spending my annual week in Seattle at the SMX Advanced conference, updating and working with the best minds in the industry to see what works and what does not, and what is safe and what is not. One of the major takeaways I had from the event [...]

2019 Growing Ranking Factors: Lighthouse and UX

In the second of my posts on growing SEO Ranking Factors in 2019, I want to touch on Google's Lighthouse tool. As Google tries to turn more and more of your user experiences into specific metrics, the Lighthouse tool is an open window into much of the data that they are using to determine UX. [...]

New Tools from Google Make SEO and GMB Management Easier

Google has come out with two significant updates in recent days to help business owners better use and understand their ranking factors and digital marketing management.  With an update to both the Page Speed Insights tool and an app for easier Google My Business (GMB) management, they are working hard to make Google tools easier [...]

SEO is About Trust and What Does Google Trust?

With a number of major recent tweaks to the Google algorithm, I wanted to touch on what Google currently values in a site to try to move it up or down in the rankings. This isn't meant to be the standard "links are important" article, but more a way to get you thinking about what [...]

SEO Is Moving Further Toward WHEATS for Success

I shared a post from Marie Haynes yesterday about what we are seeing following the massive Google algorithm update on August 1.  She does a good job of digging into the data.  The update is called the Medic update because it seems to have hit medical sites that hardest, or what those in the industry [...]

Monmouth Chamber SEO Consulting in Eatontown: Ranking in 2018

I had the privilege this past Friday to speak to the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce at their weekly Perkolator breakfast in Eatontown about how to rank in 2018 for small businesses. We covered the latest in SEO necessities including Google My Business, link building, user experience (UX) necessities and more.  The breakfast is a [...]

Pennsylvania SEO Consulting-Rapid Speed-YCBF Anywhere

In the latest edition of You Can Be Found Anywhere, I am found on a remote, but rapid creek in Pennsylvania, talking about the importance of speed for SEO. Not only is there an official Google Page Speed update in July, there has been recent data showing that if your page load speed is over [...]

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