The Local Algorithm: Relevance, Proximity, and Prominence

How does Google decide what goes into the local pack? It doesn’t have to be a black box — there’s logic behind the order. In this week’s Whiteboard Friday, renowned local SEO expert Mary Bowling lays out the three factors that drive Google’s local algorithm and local rankings in a simple and concise way anyone…

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Simple Spam Fighting: The Easiest Local Rankings You’ll Ever Earn

Image credit: Visit Lakeland Reporting fake and duplicate listings to Google sounds hard. Sometimes it can be. But very often, it’s as easy as falling off a log, takes only a modest session of spam fighting and can yield significant local ranking improvements. If your local business/the local brands your agency markets aren’t using spam…

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The Practical Guide to Finding Anyone’s Email Address

In link building, few things are more frustrating than finding the perfect link opportunity but being completely unable to find a contact email address. It’s probably happened to you — if you’re trying to build links or do any sort of outreach, it almost always entails sending out a fairly significant amount of emails. There…

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It’s Content and It’s Links – Are We Making SEO Too Complicated?

Content and links — to successfully leverage search as a marketing channel you need useful content and relevant links. Many experienced SEOs have run numerous tests and experiments to correlate backlinks with higher rankings, and Google has espoused the importance of “great content” for as long as I can remember. In fact, a Google employee…

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What Is BERT? – Whiteboard Friday

There’s a lot of hype and misinformation about the new Google algorithm update. What actually is BERT, how does it work, and why does it matter to our work as SEOs? Join our own machine learning and natural language processing expert Britney Muller as she breaks down exactly what BERT is and what it means for the…

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The Unique World of Franchise Marketing [Guide Sneak Peek]

Image credit: Dion Gillard Can franchises make good digital marketing agency clients? There are almost 750,000 of them in the US alone, employing some 9 million Americans. Chances are good you’ll have the opportunity to market a business with this specialized model at some point. In this structure: The Franchisor grants permission to others to operate…

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