Review Management

Small Business SEO and Google Ads Strategies Heading into 2021

There is SEO and then there is small business SEO.  Often lost in the headlines of optimal conditions for highly competitive websites competing at the highest end of Google searches is that when it filters down to small business local or niche sites, often the competitive landscape significantly shifts what the priorities are.  This is [...]

Online Reviews Mean Much More Than You Realize: Review Management

GatherUp recently released 120+ amazing statistics on the importance of reviews for business success. This just underlines what I have been shouting for years... or maybe puts it in bold with an exclamation point.  As we move into the future with better algorithms and artificial intelligence, and with Google getting smarter at weeding out fake [...]

Arkansas SEO Trail for Success: YCBF Anywhere

Our latest You Can Be Found Anywhere finds me riding one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the USA.  The Pig Trail Scenic Byway works its way through Ozark National Forest with lots of twisting turns, waterfalls, and beautiful scenic overlooks. You won't forget a quick drive down this road that is about an [...]

The Future of Reviews 2020: The Specifics

As Google gets more nuanced with its algorithm over time, we are seeing reviews move up in importance and offer a lot more information than simply the overall score.  Sergey Alakov recently found Google showing thumbs up and thumbs down to specific features within hotel reviews. This is the canary in the coal mine for [...]

GMB: Improving Review Score and Responses Improve Conversions

Search Engine Land recently dug into a recent study showing how increases in review score and responses correlated to more conversions. This seems like a no brainer to those that have been following closely and understand that Google rewards interacting with your GMB page, but it is important in that any time we show true [...]

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 [...]

Reviews Have Far More Important Factors Than Average Score

I suggested almost exactly five years ago that reviews would be the links of the future.  By that, I mean that their weight in the Google algorithm would increase to the point that they became the most important individual factor. Much like links have many individual factors beyond just total count, such as frequency, site [...]

Hollywood SEO & Review Management at Conan

The latest episode of You Can Be Found Anywhere is from my trip to Hollywood to visit one of my favorite shows.  I popped in while at a search conference to visit comedy legend Conan O'Brien's show.  While there I touched on how you can establish trust for searchers to show them that you are [...]

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce SEO Presentation

I had the absolute pleasure this morning to present to the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce about all things search, including SEO, Google Ads, GMB, and more. We had a nice group of around 50 pack into the networking room on 44th street in midtown Manhattan to walk through the important aspects of search. [...]

GMB Posts Beginning to Show up in Local Maps 3 Pack

Joy Hawkins recently posted about a find from Dave DiGregorio that posts were beginning to show up in the standard 3-pack of GMB local search results. Once again, showing Google is paying attention and using them.  Even more, it gives your listing more space in the results and stands out a bit over your competitors. [...]

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