Supporting Small Business Saturday with 2020-Conscious Marketing

November 2, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by MiriamEllisImage credit: Elvert Barnes “Conscious spending with the community can contribute to neighborhood sustainability.” — Christine Araquel, The Park's Finest I encountered this quote from a restauranteur on the American Express Small Business Saturday website, and just these few words called a vivid image to my mind: local business owners and customers gazing together toward the horizon, hoping to pierce the clouds of COVID
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Sustainable Link Building: Increasing Your Chances of Getting Links — Best of Whiteboard Friday

October 29, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by Paddy_MooganLink building campaigns shouldn't have a start-and-stop date — they should be ongoing, continuing to earn you links over time. In this informative and enduringly relevant 2018 edition of Whiteboard Friday, guest host Paddy Moogan shares strategies to achieve sustainable link building, the kind that makes your content efforts lucrative far beyond your initial campaigns for them. Click on the whiteboard image above to
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Best practices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages

October 26, 2020 | SEO Resources
The end of the year holiday season is a peak time for many merchants with special sales events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As a merchant, you can help Google highlight your sales events by providing landing pages with relevant content and high quality images. Best Practices The following are recommended best practices for your landing pages: Create the page early. Make sure you create the page well before the sale so Googlebot has tim
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HTTPS Is Table Stakes for SEO in 2020

October 25, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by Dr-PeteBack in the spring of 2017, I wrote that HTTPS results made up half of page-one Google organic URLs. In over three years, I haven't posted an update, which might lead you to believe that nothing changed. The reality is that a whole lot changed, but it changed so gradually that there was never a single event or clear "a-ha!" moment to write about.Now, in the fall of 2020, HTTPS URLs make up 98% of page-one organic results in the M
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4 Google My Business Fields That Impact Ranking (and 3 That Don't) — Whiteboard Friday

October 22, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by JoyHawkinsWith so many customization options in your Google My Business profile, it can be tough to decide what to focus on. But when it comes to ranking on the SERP, there are actually only four GMB fields that influence where your business will land. In this brand new Whiteboard Friday, MozCon speaker and owner/founder of Sterling Sky, Joy Hawkins, takes us through the fields she and her team has found do (and do not) effect rankings
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Basic Reputation Management for Better Customer Service

October 20, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by MiriamEllisThe Internet can be a great connector, but sometimes, it acts as a barrier. Your local business receives a negative review, and the slate-colored words on the bland white screen can seem so cold, remote. You respond, but the whole interaction feels stilted, formal, devoid of face-to-face human feelings, like this: At least when a complaint occurs via phone, the tone of a customer's voice tells you a bit more and you can stri
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There's Gold In Them Thar SERPs: Mining Important SEO Insights from Search Results

October 19, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by AndrewDennis33There's gold in them thar SERPs…gold I tell ya! Now, whether that phrase takes you back to a simpler (maybe? I don't know, I was born in the 80s) time of gold panning, Mark Twain, and metallurgical assay — or just makes you want some Velveeta shells and liquid gold (I also might be hungry) — the point is, there is a lot you can learn from analyzing search results. Search engine results pages (SERPs) are the mountains
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The State of Local SEO: Experts Weigh in on Industry-Specific Tactics

October 18, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by MiriamEllisThe COVID-19 pandemic has upended the way we engage with local businesses. We're ordering more food for delivery, spending more money in online shops, and checking for safety measures on the web listings of businesses of all kinds. But what do these new trends mean for the ways businesses market themselves online? We asked five local SEO experts to zero in on the trends and tactics businesses across five industries should foc
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10 Basic SEO Tips to Index + Rank New Content Faster — Best of Whiteboard Friday

October 15, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by Cyrus-ShepardWhen you publish new content, you want users to find it ranking in search results as fast as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and tricks in the SEO toolbox to help you accomplish this goal. Sit back, turn up your volume, and let Cyrus Shepard show you exactly how in this popular and informative episode of Whiteboard Friday. [Note: #3 isn't covered in the video, but we've included in the post below. Enjoy!]
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New Moz Local Plans Unveiled — With Reputation Management & Social Posting!

October 15, 2020 | SEO Resources
Posted by BarryYimWith listing and reputation management so essential for local businesses — especially in 2020 — we're introducing new Moz Local plans that give you more options for review monitoring, review management, and social posting, depending on your needs. While it's always been important for local businesses to have accurate and complete online listings, it's even more crucial in today's environment. Google found that searches for
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