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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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How to Know Who’s On the Field?

June 29, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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competitorsYou’re a small SMB owner – say¬† you’re a lawyer who has just hung out your shingle or a locksmith working out of your first ever retail store or a Mom & Pop sandwich shop and you’re thinking that this online world may be the way to get you some new customers or clients. Good thought!

And you realize that there’s already other legal firms out there in your city or other locksmith shops or sandwich stores and that as the “new” kid in town, you’re going to have to compete with them. So your next thought would be you wonder how they’re “doing” in the online world. Second good thought!

And finally, you know that if you can figure out what “already in the market” competitors are doing, you can copy that strategy to get a foothold at least in the local search world. Great final thought…but…how can you find out who else is “on the field” that you’d be ccmpeting against?

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Diving Deep Into the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Report

October 20, 2014 by · 7 Comments
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2014LocalWe reported as you will know just last Friday on the release of the new 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Report as developed and compiled by the highly regarded David Mihm of here…and today I thought I’d drill down somewhat on a couple of issues to think on.

First – it appears that yes, Google has released it’s latest Pigeon 3.0 update to make us all pay much more attention to same and that too is covered in this Report as well…. Continue reading “Diving Deep Into the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Report” »

Announcing the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Results!

October 17, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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2014local-1Once 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 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors survey – and its’ out and it’s right here at!

Backstory is pretty easy….7 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 5 years or so. I’ve personally been one of those Local Search experts for 4 years and I can tell you, this is a very detailed, very focused survey.

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Local SEO Ranking Factors:On the Case!

August 15, 2014 by · 5 Comments
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2014I received just yesterday, the email mission that I’ve been a part of now for 4 years….yes, I got the call to help as one of the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors study, originally created by David Mihm, now of – and I am once again delighted! And, worried too.

Originally started back in 2008, the rationale behind the study was put in the following manner by David…

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Local Search Ranking Factors: Are Up for 2011!

June 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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It’s with great pleasure that I can now announce that David Mihm’s latest survey, the 2011 Local Search Ranking Factor study is published today!

And why with “great pleasure?” Simple….big smile here…because this year for the first time, I was asked to participate in same, eh!

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