I was recently asked if a small business should start a blog and my initial reaction was something like “great idea but it’s probably not the right move for most small businesses given the time and energy required”. Then I thought that actually not every blog needs to be a daily or even weekly affair. […]

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I am celebrating Local SEO Guide’s one month anniversary (and Halloween) of spewing forth thoughts on local search with a greatest hits post. For those of you new to these pages here are the top posts from the past 30 days. And here’s your tip of the day:

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A client was recently told that they needed to build a custom content management system or CMS. If your web developer or head of engineering is telling you they need to build you a custom content management system and you have survived the initial heart attack, here are some recommendations (apologies for the formatting) for […]

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In case you’re interested and hadn’t seen the news, Judysbook, one of the original “social-local” search companies, is shutting down most of its operations and looking for a buyer. More on this story at TechCrunch.

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For those of you who have been following this story, Blogrush’s CEO, John Reese, looked into my case and found that my Blogrush account was deactivated because of a typo I made in their system. I am now activated again. On what must be an insane day for him, I appreciate the effort John made […]

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Blogrush Inactive

Sorry for the deviation from local search but this just in – You may have noticed I had been running a Blogrush widget on the side of these pages over the past couple of weeks. Not anymore. I just got an email from Blogrush saying that my account has been made “inactive” because this blog […]

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This isn’t much of a local post, although it is relevant to any small business who has tried to blog or is considering it as a marketing strategy.  My new online bud, Andy Beard, whom I met via blogging, has a post up called “Why Blogs Suck” with a number of good points about why […]

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I had a great conversation at SMX Local with Mark Barrera of Franklin-Spirko , a SEO/PR firm in Frisco, TX, on the topic of what I call “Keyword Expansion” – the art of coming up with new keywords that you can use to attract qualified search traffic that you didn’t have in your original business […]

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I am having lunch with Mary Bowling, SEO Expert from Blizzard Internet Marketing, and I asked her for one of her “secret sauce” tips and she gave me a good one: She posted the business info from one of her tourism clients on Microsoft’s Windows Live Expo, Microsoft’s version of Google Base, and pretty quickly […]

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Since we’ve sort of already launched this is a little anticlimactic but you’ve got to start somewhere. I hope you find this blog to be extremely helpful to growing your business via the Internet. At the very least it will hopefully be as fun to read as it is to write. Ok let’s get to […]

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Just to let you guys know that not only will I be speaking at SMX Local, but also I will be blogging SMX Local too. I’ll try not to do that live-blogging stuff but rather I will hopefully provide recaps of some of the sessions and interesting encounters that occur. Send me an email at […]

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Yesterday was this pre-blog’s biggest day yet with 395 unique visitors. I haven’t quite figured out yet how to parse the StumbleUpon referrers as it looks like I am getting stumbled/voted for along with getting actual visitors to the site. According to the stats SU has sent 1,103 referrals to me. Sphinn has sent 171 […]

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Typically when I recommend viral marketing techniques to my clients I get blank stares in return. Viral marketing campaigns sound very interesting in theory, but actually connecting the dots and executing them seems to require an imagination that is outside the scope of some very imaginative people. So I am hoping that this post can serve as a “how-to” guide for a viral marketing campaign that I can point people to which will help them connect the dots. Please forgive the excruciating detail.

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At this point these posts have little to do with local search but maybe there’s a lesson in viral marketing here for you, my dear reader. Today, at T minus 9 days, this little blog made it to the top of Sphinn. It only lasted for a few minutes until I was bumped off by […]

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For those of you on the edge of your seats, as of 11:50am Pacific I have now received 116 referrals from Andy Beard’s mention of my site on StumbleUpon. Interestingly a couple of other Stumblers picked up on Andy’s link and sent me a little bit of traffic including SebastianX, Beagooddad, and Chris Garrett. I […]

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I am not officially open for business as you can see from the sad state of these pages but this afternoon I checked my stats and noticed that I was starting to get a lot of visitors from this page on StumbleUpon. Andy Beard, one of the most interesting search engine optimization bloggers I follow, […]

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I’ll be speaking on the Community-Driven Local Search panel. If you’re going to be there and want to connect please drop me an email at localseo at localseoguide.com.

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We are still working on the site so please forgive the clutter and check back soon.   See you at SMX! – Andrew

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