17 link resolutions for 2017

Back in 2014, I had 14 link resolutions. For 2017, I have 17 for you. Maybe you’re doing some or all of the following already; congratulations if that’s true, as you’re much more proactive than most. If you aren’t doing any, start with just a couple — but please, please, please make sure you do the…

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The fake information epidemic and how it will hurt local search in 2017

pinocchio-toy-lies Fake news and its influence on the election dominated headlines for weeks as fabricated news reports went viral and the election results shocked the nation. But fake news is just one tentacle of a troubling and growing trend of fake media content. The headlines simply brought to light what is a much wider problem:…

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Local SEO is about so much more than tools

Welcome to my first Local SEO column of the year on Search Engine Land! While most other sites are publishing roundups or predictions for 2017, there’s really only one way to kick off the beginning of a new year: a new installment of Greg’s Soapbox! As you faithful readers know, my posts are almost always…

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Paradigm shift: Has Google suspended defamation removals?

A number of attorneys who specialize in online defamation/libel cases have reported to me that Google has recently suspended its longstanding, informal policy of removing URLs from US search results that are specified in duly executed court orders. This poses a major paradigm shift for many victims of online reputation attacks. Beginning around August or…

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4 steps to make your organic listings more effective

You’re a savvy digital marketer. You follow Google best practices and read “all the SEO blogs.” You sound like a zookeeper with your extensive knowledge of Pandas, Penguins, Possums and Pigeons. You’re always looking for ways to improve organic search rankings. Instead of investing your time researching some of those gray (or even black) hat tactics…

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Why Your Website Needs a Storyteller Instead of a Designer

Your website is the hub of your online presence – period. (Well, maybe that’s not exactly true from you right now, but it must be!) As such, it has to do some heavy lifting and that heavy lifting must extend far beyond the interactive brochure still built today by many business owners. Your website must…

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3 ways in-house do-it-yourselfers can prepare for PPC management

Does this sound familiar to you? Your company has finally agreed to spend some resources on pay-per-click (PPC), but instead of hiring a PPC professional or agency, they want you or perhaps Sally down the hall to take on the role of managing PPC. Never mind that you and Sally already have full-time jobs and…

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SEO in 2017: Mobile optimization as a competitive advantage

In 2016, the inevitable happened, and mobile overtook desktop as the primary device used to access websites. This didn’t come as a huge surprise because, as far back as 2015, Google reported that more searches were conducted on mobile than on any other device category. In many industries, this may be conservative and, at the agency I…

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How your startup should be using Google AdWords

If you’re just getting started with your business, figuring out who should manage your AdWords campaigns and what to do first can be a challenge. Columnist Brett Middleton offers tips to get you on the right path. Brett Middleton on December 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm For the founder sitting in coworking spaces like The…

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Uncovering the white spaces of opportunity for local search

The time has come for businesses to frame their search marketing in the context of a broader media landscape that includes all the ways people discover brands. One of the implications of this is a new focus on location. Because “near me” mobile moments are experiencing a dramatic rise, brands must use the context of…

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6 questions to help you evaluate an attribution modeling vendor

Full disclosure: I am not a data scientist, yet below I’ll talk about modeling for marketing measurement. Disclosures are tricky. Facebook will be sued over its disclosure of the snafu in its video metrics. Would they be in this legal mess if they had not revealed the mix-up? I think the answer is yes, eventually,…

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Improve search rankings and increase productivity with local marketing automation software

Managing online citations, claimed and unclaimed listings, reviews and ratings, landing pages and data feeds for hundreds or thousands of locations has become time-consuming and costly for enterprise brands. Automating these processes can improve search rankings, increase productivity and lower CPCs due to better SEO. Marketing Land’s all new “Enterprise Local Marketing Automation Platforms” examines…

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