To ask the right questions of a prospective SEO company, you first need a baseline understanding of online advertising. Unfortunately, if you're a small, local business owner with little knowledge of online marketing strategies, then you probably don't quite know what to ask. That's why Kim … [Read more...] about Do You Know What to Ask When Hiring an SEO Company?
At an industry event this week in New York City, Google's Gary Illyes spoke about one of the search giant's latest endeavors: mobile-first indexing. Illyes said this project has begun to roll out, with an undisclosed number of websites already affected. The timeline for a complete roll-out also … [Read more...] about Is Your Mobile Site Ready to Carry the Team for You?
When it comes to SEO, how important is your social media strategy? It's an ongoing debate. In 2014, Google's Matt Cutts proclaimed that "social signals," like posts on Facebook and Twitter, have nothing to do with Google's search algorithm. This directly opposed what many industry specialists … [Read more...] about Warning: Your Social Media Strategy Could Make or Break Your SEO
At first thought, you might not believe emotions have anything to do with local searches for things like appliance repairs, junk removal services, or window installation. Indeed, these topics appear rather dry. However, as Ryan Shelley uncovers in his recent article on Search Engine Land, emotion is … [Read more...] about Don't Be Afraid to Get Emotional in Local Search
We've lightly joked before that Facebook is the new Google. This is mainly because Facebook users are asking their social network for recommendations of local businesses rather than conducting their own searches on Google. However, as Wesley Young wrote in a recent article on Search Engine Land, … [Read more...] about Is Facebook Preparing to Take Over Google in Local Search?
If you follow our blog at all, then you know at least a little bit about the ever-changing nature of Google. The search giant is constantly updating its algorithm and the way it presents information to users. For major updates, Google typically makes a public announcement. However, for smaller … [Read more...] about The Google My Business Updates You Didn't Hear About
We repeat: Your website's ranking is not important. That probably goes against everything you previously thought about SEO. However, as Ryan Shelley points out in a recent article on Search Engine Land, there are much more accurate measures of success: The problem with putting too much emphasis on … [Read more...] about Your Website's Ranking Is Not Important
Be on the lookout for any changes to your Google star rating! Seeking to provide a valuable user experience, Google has long highlighted customer reviews and star ratings on its business listings. However, Google has altogether changed the way it determines and displays a business's star rating. Of … [Read more...] about Keep a Close Eye on Your Google Star Rating
You already understand the fundamental purpose of blogs: to share information and ideas with your audience. But there's a more practical reason to blog, too. Evidence shows well maintained and updated blogs can actually strengthen your SEO and improve your rankings over time. Blogs, Keywords, and … [Read more...] about How Blogs Help Your SEO More Than You Think
The Pew Research Center recently published the results of a survey conducted in 2016 regarding Internet trends in the U.S. The results aren't altogether surprising by themselves, but they do make the current state of the Internet undeniably clear: The vast majority of Americans are now interacting … [Read more...] about New Study Proves Why Your Business Needs Local Online Advertising