Be Wary of Google My Business (GMB) Only Approaches

I have seen a number of ads out there lately for services that say that you only need to work on your GMB (Google My Business) listing for success in local search. I'm here to offer a bit of a warning that, as often is the case, these quick gimmick plans don't tell you all [...]

Jim Thorpe PA Overlook – Climbing the Rankings – YCBF Anywhere

In the latest You Can Be Found Anywhere we look back to the fall and a beautiful climb up a mountain in Jim Thorpe PA, for a beautiful payoff. You Can Be Found has been successfully helping small businesses compete against the big guys for nearly 15 years. We specialize in knowing the ins and [...]

Digital Marketing Emergency Management: SEO, GMB, Google & Digital Ads

I had a week loaded with helping both clients and prospects deal with some digital marketing emergencies.  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, if [...]

Lots of Google My Business (GMB) Changes That You Need to Know About

We have some big news with some new offerings coming out in the coming days, but with all of the changes and updates with Google My Business (GMB) in recent days, I thought it was important to do a quick overview to highlight some of the things that are going on. Some of these are [...]

Small Business Google My Business (GMB) Video Tour

I get lots of questions all of the time about Google My Business and how important it is.  The simple answer for locally targeted businesses is that Google My Business (GMB) is very important for your online success. You have to start somewhere though, so this is just a video to give small business owners [...]

Why You Really Should Ask Everyone for Reviews

Just last week I talked to someone who explained how they did "Review Gating" for their company. This is a practice that was banned by Google back in the spring of 2018.  This means you can get in trouble and in many cases lose all of your reviews if found to be "gating". What is [...]

Are Images the Next Driver in Google Local Search?

David Mihm has been providing brilliant predictions about local search for as long as I can remember. In his most recent discussion with another local search legend, Mike Blumenthal, they discuss the changing local landscape and how images seem to be growing in importance. I blogged about GMB images recently but wanted to bring to [...]

Google My Business (GMB) Photos Boost Local Rankings

A great new study was outlined on Search Engine Land last week that shows a high correlation between the number of images you have on your Google My Business page and your listings search presence.  I don't plan to go into all the details here, as the article covered that pretty well.  However, it is [...]

Google Charging for Their Own Ranking Factors a Little Sketchy?

I recently did a post on the importance of understanding how to use SEO tools.  Though there are a lot of helpful tools out there, many position themselves as the answer to your SEO needs, but a tool is only as good as the person using it, and if you don't have SEO knowledge, they [...]

Many Small Business Owners Dealing the GMB Glitches

You are not alone. In recent months I have come across more strange glitches in the GMB system than I have seen in years. Though Google My Business is clearly a priority for Google and they are putting more and more options and tools to help you interact with your potential customers directly on the [...]

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