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Deep Dive into the Local Search @ Local U!

October 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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logoI have spoken here often about the quality of the experts who contribute to David Mihm’s Local Search Ranking Factors survey each year and just showed our readers the 2015 Survey here.

But one of the best things ever, is getting some of those experts to do their deep dive into those factors and here’s the best thing as todays blog posting includes my own fav top 3 experts this time – David Mihm, Mike Blumenthal and Mary Bowling too!

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Announcing the 2015 LOCAL Search Ranking Factor Results

September 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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2015LocalSearch_iconOnce again, David Mihm and about 40 of the top Local Search SEO experts (yup, I’m one of them!) combined to survey, develop, collaborate and then publish the annual 2015 Local Search Ranking Factors survey – and its’ out and it’s right here at!

Backstory is pretty easy….8 years ago, David Mihm and a few others worked on the survey by finding Local Search experts, asking them to “rank” what they thought were the topmost ranking factors to move your site up to the top in local search and it’s been a published gold mine of information for like 6 years or so. I’ve personally been one of those Local Search experts for 6 years and I can tell you, this is a very detailed, very focused survey.

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Fabulous Infographic Fridays!

September 18, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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seoChecklistOkay, those of you and there’s thousands monthly, eh, who drop by on Fridays to see what I’ve found usually get some pretty good ideas from the Infographics that I dig up.

But not today – well a great Infographic yes – but I didn’t find it – it found me.

I got an email from a  Sam Oh of that he’d just put together an SEO Checklist Infographic and I thought, yeah yeah…seen hundreds and so what could be new in that narrow channel?

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Local University: SEO Knowledge in One Day!

September 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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localUI’ve been lucky enough to attend two of the Local University Seminars in the past couple of years and you can find info on them as I wrote posts on same here and here

Suffice it to say, that these are the “best and brightest” of the LOCAL SEO experts around and if you take the time to attend and listen and digest, you’ll come away with much more knowledge than you brought to the event too!

And yes I do know that this is a register & pay for a membership site – but the overall arc of the knowledge you’d receive is without question the best in LOCAL search by far!

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Your Weekly SEO Foundation Tasks!

September 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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weeklySearch engine optimization (SEO) is the research-based approach of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via “natural” (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. Search engine optimization targets the free, organic, natural, or left hand side of search and their ranking algorithms.

Differing from a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program such as Google Adwords, the organic listings targeted by search engine optimization cannot be manipulated by paying a fee for favorable placement. Web sites which rank on the first page of search engine results are scored based on a wide array of very specific criteria, the secrets of which search engines guard very closely.

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September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Okay, those of you who read SciFi know that often we authors write a “series” where the characters we give life to “live” and each book in that series follows them. Me too!

So with great pleasure, I would like to announce that my series entitled ‘The RIM Confederacy’ has it’s #2 book out as of yesterday, entitled “SLEEPER SHIP” and it’s available here on!

Sleeper Ship - High Resolution-200

Prologue? You want to read the prologue to see if it’s at all interesting enough to spring the few bucks and get the Kindle…sure here ya go –

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Infographics: A Look at Whatcha Reading?

August 28, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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whatcha.It’s not too often that I go “off on a tangent” i.e. away from online marketing and SEO and SEM and that kind of post — but today I wanted to share a great Infographic I found just a couple of weeks back that I think is somewhat “telling” of our society and where it’s headed.

Back when I was a youngster in the 1950’s everyone knew, everyone said and everyone followed this mantra — want to be smart? then read!

I mean that in all honesty. Around my house there were piles and short stacks of books on everyones night table, on the den coffee table, downstairs in the rec room too.

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Lion’s Lair narrows to ten finalists!

August 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Originally posted on Software Hamilton

lionslair2015-2Lion’s Lair is an annual event put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it involves 10 Hamilton-area startups battling each other for $150,000 in cash and professional services. It’s been happening since 2011, and local tech/software firms are always well represented, both amongst finalists and the winners.

The actual Lion’s Lair evening at Carmen’s involves watching local business experts quiz the finalists on the viability and potential success of their business, over a nice dinner in a room filled with great people. Check out the top ten finalists below. Tickets are $60 for young professionals and $120 for regular early bird.

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Moz: 2015 Ranking Factors Study

August 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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moz.rankingsEvery two years, Moz surveys the brightest minds in SEO and search marketing with a comprehensive set of questions meant to gauge the current workings of Google’s search algorithm.

This year’s panel of experts possesses a truly unique set of knowledge and perspectives. We’re thankful on behalf of the entire community for their contribution.

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Awarded a Spot in the Top 100 SEO Blogs!!!

August 7, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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TOPBLOGSIf you are you looking for practical, insightful and educational SEO blogs? Then you’re at the right place.

Here are the BEST 100 SEO blogs online.

As you probably know, there is a huge amount of high-quality blogs out there, but I decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the absolute cream of the crop.

Whether you’re a beginner blogger, a marketer or a business owner, these blogs will provide you with all the tools and information you need to improve your rankings with ease (even if you’re in an obscure niche).

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The Top 90 SEO Bloggers to Follow!

August 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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SEOBloggers-SEO-advice-2I was asked if I’d participate in this project and after hearing just a few of the other SEO practitioners who said they’d be “in” I knew I had to be an integral part of same.

This list of SEO bloggers is a great way to drill down, one by one to see what we/they have to say and you can of course bookmark the ones you find relevant too for your daily reading list. I added some already and I’m only what 1/3 of the way through the list!

Here’s the link to the great post here….

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A Big Author Smile!

July 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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My first Science Fiction novel – Pirates - was delivered today and I’m chuffed!

Lots of hard work, writing and editing went into this, and I just had to share that with you all…

Take the rest of the day and long weekend off…I am going to do just that too!



My First Novel: The RIM Confederacy: Pirates!

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Yup, I love science fiction and while it took far far too long, my first ever fictional SciFi novel has just been launched and is available at Amazon too in case you love sciFi space opera!


Here’s the link to same –

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Who Needs a Good Online Rep? Not these folks!

July 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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gordon-1Those of us who live on the web, know that you ARE what your online reputation says you are – and the folks in this story are about as difficult to fathom as anyone I’ve ever seen…

I’m talking about Amy’s Baking Company - the restaurant that the TV Chef Gordon Ramsay walked out on in his Kitchen Nightmares show and that is one heck of a great read here…

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A Review of the Best SEO Tools Out There!

July 20, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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ratingsFound this and loved it. The editorials notwithstanding, the various rankings I do believe hit the mark for all these sofware puppies…

And yes, the folks who “did” the reviews also “won” the reviews…but if you read the whole thing AND look at the much more detailed reviews down at the bottom too, you’ll see it looks pretty solid – least I did!

Take a look and rank your own SEO tool choices to see what others thought too!

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Tracking Your Site Visitor Conversions!

July 17, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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conversions-4So you’re getting visitors to your site….you’ve worked hard on learning how to do your own DIY SEO – or you’ve hired a Canadian SEO firm to help…no matter how the visitors get to your site your real job begins NOW!

To see if a visitor changes from a simple ‘drive-by’ to a real live prospect you’ll need to track to see what kind of conversions are happening on your site.

There are perhaps many methods and tools to do that, but for us, we use the following couple of old friends…

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