The Cost of Bad Location Data

You may have seen the news earlier this week that Greg Sterling and I have determined that bad business listing data may be costing US businesses $10 billion. To provide more context for that number, Yext has just published the first issue of the Yext Quarterly (aka “YQ”), subtitled “The State of Location”.  The report was […]

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Groupon Tweet

One of the more popular questions right? While I am sure the Googlers have been trying to figure out how Tweets can be a proxy for links, even though Matt Cutts claims Google is “leery” of social signals, I thought the social media reactions to yesterday’s post about Groupon SEO could illustrate Twitter’s SEO effect nicely. […]

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The best SEO tactics are the ones that are discovered by accident, like Lexan.  Last week, I stumbled upon a linkbuilding tactic so effective and simple that I felt compelled to share it here.  It’s called Groupon. First off, linkbuilding is a painful SEO task.  It’s painful to sell it to clients.  It’s painful to […]

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Google Unnatural Links Message

Just got this: I applaud Google for notifying site owners that they have some spammy-looking links. I don’t applaud them for not telling site owners which links in particular look spammy. If you have been link-building, then you probably know where to look, but if like me, you haven’t, then you have to spend time […]

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Well at least a lot of the linkbuilding I see going on isn’t.  But it can be. Which is why I wrote 5 Local Linkbuilding Ideas for the Post-Penguin/Panda Era And I wanted an excuse to put up ridiculous dog pics on SearchEngineLand.

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Nothing revelatory here, but as I was coaching a client on how to generate links, the whole question of who in fact is going to give a s#%t enough to link to them from their site, even if the content is great, hit me like the Lord’s Bright Shining Light on my pitiful non-believer’s forehead: […]

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  A few years ago on these august pages I did a post on Reputation Management Jujitsu as a way of obtaining links by saying nice things about companies with poor online reputations. The idea being that these companies are eager to link to blogs saying positive things about their brand. Now that Google Search […]

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WhitePages.com gets into the infographic/linkbait game:

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Most Awesome SEO Ever

  From: Peter Gregory Subject: From one SEO to another – ya got some broken links Message Body: Hey Andrew, It’s been awhile, but a little over a year ago I contacted you about a blog post and press release we wrote that included a quote from you in reference to local SEO. You had […]

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