replace furnace

My furnace died today. I went to Google and queried “replace furnace”.  Here’s what I got: Click to Enlarge If you are focused on just ranking #1 for “HVAC”, I am never going to get to your lead funnel. Well played HomeAdvisor. Well played.

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LocalU Williamsburg

Hey gang, If you want to go deep on local search strategy with a Colonial tinge, you can do no better than the LocalU Advanced in Williamsburg, VA on March 5th. The LocalU’ers were kind enough to invite me out to talk about all the wacky stuff we have been doing with Apple’s new Spotlight […]

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Corporate SEO Inertia

If your monthly SEO reports look like this, you may want to stop trying to roll the organic SEO bolder up the hill and see if a local SEO strategy can work for your brand. I just posted some thoughts on this topic on Search Engine Land, Even If a Brand Can’t Do SEO, It […]

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LocalU Williamsburg

LocalU just published an interview with your’s truly in advance of the LocalU event at Williamsburg I’ll be speaking at in March. If you were ever curious about how we make the donuts over here, I don’t think the interview will provide too much insight, but it sure beats trying to figure out what I am […]

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This is Thumbtack

The SEM Post and Search Engine Land are both reporting that Thumbtack.com has experienced a seemingly complete recovery after receiving a manual link hammer to the head from Google (they don’t like the term “penalty”) which rendered the site all but invisible in Google’s SERPs. Jennifer Slegg goes into great detail speculating as to what Thumbtack […]

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Thumbtack meme

It’s kind of big news in the Local SEO biz that Thumbtack.com* has received a manual action penalty from Google for unnatural linkbuilding. If you study Thumbtack’s backlink profile or read some of the articles on the subject, you can see that perhaps parts of their backlink strategy may have gotten them into trouble, which […]

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Google Doorway Update 5.23.15

UPDATE June 1, 2015: FALSE ALARM! May 23rd is a day that shall live in Local SEO infamy… (Click to enlarge) Seeing this across several U.S.-based local directory sites. Not across the board, but more than a few. See Did Local Directories Get Hit By Google’s Doorway Page Algo? to see how directory rankings may […]

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YellowPages.com SEO

If SEMRush data is directionally correct, this may be a reason why Yelp is looking to sell. Should rebrand as Yikes! pic.twitter.com/UqplA4ZLSq — Andrew Shotland (@localseoguide) May 11, 2015 Perhaps SEMRush is still updating but if its organic search traffic graphs are even close to accurate it looks like May is the month that Google […]

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