Be Wary of Google Business Profile Only Services

I have seen a lot of ads lately for services that talk about focusing only on the Google Business Profile for small business success.  I wanted to chime in on how this can be misleading for a few reasons and to generally avoid these services and focus on what truly brings you local search success.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Digital Marketing and SEO Referral Program from You Can Be Found

We have seen tremendous success and growth over the last fifteen-plus years due to our amazing friends and clients.  Clients and partners have been a key source to our growth and we love to give back. Though we have always had a referral program to reward clients and friends for bringing us new business, we [...]

You Can Be Found Anywhere: Grand Tetons – Keep an Eye on SEO

Our latest installment of You Can Be Found Anywhere finds us at Grand Teton National Park. We see a great display of a mother moose keeping an eye on her baby. As I saw this I thought of how important it is to keep an eye on your SEO. Sadly, I tend to run into [...]

How Do I Increase My Visibility on Google? Small Business Help

Google can be a tremendous resource for small businesses. It can help you get out there and get known by people that are looking for and need your products or services. In a world where many people go to Google first when they have a problem, having a business presence there is extremely important.  For [...]

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