Jun
30
2011

A Local Business Blog For My Small Business?

In so many ways, a local business blog can be the very best website solution for your small business and serve as the foundation for your local search marketing strategy. Here are just a few reasons: Easy to manage with a content management system. Search Engine Friendly means you can improve your website’s ability to […]

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Jul
07
2010

Local Search on Mobile Devices for Small Business

Consumers are using their mobile devices for local search and social networking in increasing numbers. The Q1 2010 Smartphone Intelligence Survey was released today by Compete and the results spell opportunity for local business.

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Jun
24
2010

Catch The Local Search Marketing Wave

What does local search marketing have to do with with surfers paddling out beyond the breakers waiting to catch the next big wave?

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Jun
10
2010

Google Places Launches Newest Service Areas Feature

Google Places just rolled out the latest service area feature, a long awaited local business listing capability. Service area solves a real dilema but the jury is out whether business listings will actually show up for local search queries across the entire service area.

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Jun
04
2010

Why Are Citations Critical to Your Local Business Listing?

Citations are defined as “mentions” of your business name and address on other websites. And you need citations to help reinforce your local business listing credentials to improve your search engine ranking. The term “web reference” is a synonym for “citation”. Find out more about how citations are critical to your local business listing.

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May
31
2010

Google Map Walking Directions – Are You Safe?

The Google Maps service provides a useful service for pedestrians and people traveling on foot. With Google Maps, when you choose the “get directions” link, you’re given an option to select a route that is more suitable for traveling by car, public transit, walking, or bicycle.

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Recently, a women blames faulty walking directions she received using Google Maps after being hit by car in Utah. How about a little common sense?

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May
31
2010

Google Local Search Ranking Factors

Local businesses recognize the need to achieve high visibility on the major search engines, Google, Yahoo and Bing. Local search enables consumers looking for local businesses and services nearby to add a geographic location to their search phrase.

Geographic location can include city and neighborhood names as well as zip code information, for example, “best dentist simi valley”, or “best dentist 93065″. With local search becoming the preferred method for consumers looking for nearby businesses, it’s critical that local business pay attention and incorporate local search into their marketing strategy.

However, as small and local business owners are discovering, even local search marketing can be very competitive. And it can be elusive and frustrating to achieve a prominent first page local search ranking on Google.

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May
28
2010

Pay Attention To Local Search Factors

Working with our local business clients, we continue to run into several local search misconceptions. Create or Claim Your Google Business Listing If you don’t already have a business listing with Google maps, you need to create one. In some cases, when you go to create your business listing, you may find Google already has […]

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May
25
2010

Local Internet Marketing for Small Business

The promise of the Internet for small and local business can mean a broad, global reach worldwide that somehow levels the playing field for tiny businesses all the way up to the largest, multinational companies alike. We even see television commercials in the US promoting the idea – a small shoe store somewhere in Nigeria […]

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May
19
2010

Web Video Marketing is Smart for Local Business

A majority of local businesses continue to use conventional advertising methods such as the Yellow Pages, newspaper ads, local radio, television and Clipper ads. With frustration, a growing number of these same small businesses are discovering that the traditional forms of advertising are performing less effectively than before. It might seem reasonable, given that advertisers are finding […]

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