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It’s no news that a lot of people are using the Internet to find products and services, with local search accounting for a vast majority of internet activity. A Google My Business – aka Google Maps aka Google Places – listing … Continue reading

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Earlier in the year Google quietly started a small customer support team to deal with Google Local business listings. Business owners have been asking for it for years, but it’s still largely unheard of. If you have a Google Local … Continue reading

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Last week I went over some positive local ranking factors from David Mihm’s annual local ranking factors industry survey. Now let’s take a look at what you most certainly shouldn’t do. Negative Local Ranking Factors Use of alternate or tracking … Continue reading

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David Mihm’s annual local search ranking factors was released last week. Every year he sends a survey about local ranking factors to local search experts. The timing for this year’s report is interesting because the results came in just before … Continue reading

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The dust has started to settle on switch from Google Places to Google+Local. As usual, whenever Google makes an omelet more than a few eggs get cracked. So far the worst thing I’ve heard about is businesses losing their listing … Continue reading

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The following list of directories is certainly not exhaustive; however after using these (and countless others) over the past couple of years, I consider the sites listed below to be very effective in providing businesses without a big marketing budget … Continue reading

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There are dozens, even hundreds, of factors that relate to how well a website ranks in search engines and over the years we’ve heard them all – many are true (or at least based on truth), but there are still … Continue reading

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Come one come all social media marketing is here to save the day! 100% free, takes only a few short minutes a day and cures whatever marketing ills ail ya’ … Heard this one before? Truth of the matter is … Continue reading

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You’ve been monitoring online sentiment, you’ve even started responding to negative content, but there’s still some lingering items on the search engine results page (SERP) that you’d rather not have your users see. Remove Negative Webpages From Your SERP It’s … Continue reading

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