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Fundamentals of Small Business SEO

Importance of Link Building in Small Business SEO Links are a cornerstone of search engine optimization (SEO), particularly for small businesses. Quality links from reputable sites enhance a website's authority and relevance, acting as a top ranking factor in SEO [1]. A strategic approach to link building focuses on authoritative and relevant sites, demonstrating that [...]

The Best SEO Strategy for Small Businesses in 2024

In an increasingly competitive online landscape, SEO has become a critical tool for small businesses. It ensures visibility in search engine results and drives organic traffic, both essential for businesses to optimize their online presence. For example, a local bakery can use SEO techniques to appear in search results when customers look for "freshly baked [...]

Discussing “Openness” as a Local SEO Ranking Factor

When Joy Hawkins revealed at an early December Local U webinar that she had seen examples since the last major Google update of opening hours having pretty drastic changes to the rankings, the industry started to buzz. Within the conversation at that webinar, some clear cases were pointed out where this could have a horrible [...]

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 [...]

Does Small Business SEO Traffic Matter?

This is a refresh of an old post because as we come to the end of 2023, it matters now more than ever.  As Google's algorithms are constantly shifting and AI and ads are taking more real estate at the top of the page, small business traffic may begin to lessen year over year, meaning [...]

Proud to Help Sponsor and Be Found at Asbury Park Porchfest

Proud to be involved again with Asbury Park Porchfest. As porchfests have been taking the country by storm in recent years, my first experience with fun local event concept came before I moved over to Asbury Park.  I happened across it one day years ago on a visit to town and asked about it.  I [...]

The Top 6 SEO Tactics That Move the Needle for Small Business Websites

In the competitive landscape of the online world, small businesses need every advantage they can get to thrive and succeed. Achieving high search engine rankings is a vital aspect of this success, as it directly impacts visibility, organic traffic, and overall business growth. But which specific SEO tactics truly move the needle and help small [...]

When do SEO Rankings Matter? Misconceptions that Can Lead to Bad Decisions

Many think SEO is all about ranking reports. In fact, I have seen many companies that use ranking reports as their primary performance indicator.  This is a dangerous path, and in fact, though rankings are something to be aware of at a very specific level, they can be very misleading and cause some poor decisions. [...]

Google Search Becoming More TikToky – Will it Hurt Small Business?

Google search has arguably changed more in the last 18 months than in the decade prior.  It is something that keeps us search engine optimization pros on constant guard. Generally, the evolution of Google search has been to help improve the user experience and provide better results for searcher's queries.  With the recent Google I/O [...]

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