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Mock Drafts and Other Useless Clickbait Content: Why?

This is an updated version of a previous post. It is edited for updated information. A friend relayed to me a clickbait experience they had and asked me what the point of this was from an SEO perspective.  The answer is kind of nuanced and a bit difficult, as many SEO questions are once you [...]

Google Gets Keywords From Your Images

This is an update of an older post. Google's understanding of images has evolved greatly and it is definitely an important aspect of how they understand the content on your site and your Google Business Profile heading into 2024. I shared the amazing Local Search Deep Dive a few years back with Mike Blumenthal and [...]

Unlocking SEO Success: Navigating Google’s Navboost, Localization, and Conversions

Google indexes the web by making a copy of it and uses sophisticated algorithms and machine learning models such as Navboost, RankEmbed, MUM, and DeepRank to rank documents. Navboost, a deep learning system, plays a pivotal role in Google's ranking mechanism, influencing the visibility of websites in search results. While the introduction of Navboost might [...]

Will SEO Change to AI Optimization?

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, one thing remains constant: change. As we look ahead, it's becoming increasingly evident that the realm of SEO is on the brink of a new era – one where the optimization efforts aren't just for search engines as we know them, but for the sophisticated AI-driven systems that [...]

SEO is About Change: Being Flexible is Important

2019 has been a year of change in the world of SEO and Google Local Search.  So was 2018, and 2017, and... The point is that if you are going to invest in SEO, which can be incredibly successful when done right, you need to be ready for change.  In fact, I wrote this post [...]

How to Identify Content That Needs to Be Refreshed for SEO

With the Google algorithm updates of 2018 and 2019, I have had many site owners come to me that saw dramatic drops in traffic.  Most often the dramatic drop is due to old content.  Many of these sites have been churning out blog posts and articles on a regular basis for years that was leading [...]

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 [...]

Low Hanging Fruit of Small Business Link Building

Links are often the most misunderstood part of SEO for small business owners trying to compete in this confusing environment.  With recent studies showing inbound links still being a huge part of ranking success, I still have many talks with business owners that think if you just insert keywords on your pages and in your [...]

In 2019 SEO Even More About Trust Than Ever

If you are ready to take the jump into the high ROI world or SEO in 2019, you should know how important trust has become to this top-tier digital marketing strategy.  Not only do you need to show the world and Google that your company is trustworthy, but you need to hire someone you know [...]

Mobile First Indexing Finally Hitting Many Small Business Sites

Google had announced long ago that they were officially moving to a "mobile first" index this year and have slowly rolled it out throughout the year. If you have an account with Google Search Console for your site, and you should, you would get an email when the official change happens for your site.  As [...]

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