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Google Updates Terms of Service and more…

I thought I’d try something new with this post and deliver the update in video.  If you’re not in a place where you can watch a video, I’ve also included the transcript below.  Let me know what you think. Transcript: Hi, I’m Kurt Steinbrueck, Director of Marketing Services with OurChurch.Com.  I’m here with the monthly […]

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A Welcome Rest – Now Let’s Think and Plan

After last month’s craziness of Google releasing 3 major updates within days of each other, this month has been relatively calm.  Google did release a minor refresh of their Panda update and that’s pretty much it.  Well, technically, Google released about 50 updates, but they were very minor and most had no real effect on […]

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Google Places Switches to Google+ Local

Google Places Switches to Google+ Local

In another attempt to force more people to use Google+…I mean, In an attempt to make your local listings more social and interactive, Google switched all Google Places listings over to Google+ Local at the beginning of this month (June).  You do not need to do anything regarding the switch as all information, images, reviews, […]

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Study Reveals Positive Reviews Boost Google Map Rankings

A recent study performed by Bizable indicates that reviews do, indeed, have a positive impact on a local organization’s rankings. The study was accomplished by surveying 22 local business categories in 22 US cities and analyzing the Google Local results.  They examined the Google Places page for the top 30 results to look for common […]

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Google Places Auto Updates

Google Auto-Updating Your Listings From Third Party Sources

Is your local listing up to date?  Does it have accurate info? Google is attempting to keep their local information more accurate.  This week Google announced that they will be using third party information (information from other “trusted” websites) and user information (Internet surfers who submit a change of info to Google) more quickly to […]

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More Reviews Equals More Visitors and Customers

More Reviews Equals More Visitors and Customers

When it comes to local SEO, there are many factors that can effect local rankings.  Setting up listings with accurate information, using your address and phone number on your website, and getting citations are among the most important.  Getting positive reviews is another important factor in local rankings, but it’s a lot more than that. […]

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Bing Adds Features To Local Business Portal That Could Help Schools Fundraise

Bing Adds Features To Local Business Portal That Could Help Schools Fundraise

Bing’s Local Business Portals already had a lot of features.  In addition to the traditional contact info, map, reviews, etc, they offered a mobile website, offers, photos, social connections and more.  But now Bing is testing some new features. Some of the new features Bing is testing include: Deals with digital loyalty cards: This is […]

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DIY SEO #18: Choosing Your Target Keywords For Link Building

DIY SEO #18: Choosing Your Target Keywords For Link Building

Update: 11/04/2014: Enough has changed in the practice of link building since this series was original written that the content is no longer accurate or usable.  We may update the section on link building in the future, but for now, we’ve decided to simply take down this content. [End Update] Now that you know everything […]

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DIY SEO #16: How Link Building Works

DIY SEO #16: How Link Building Works

Link building is a integral part of any SEO project.  There are always keywords your site isn’t ranking well enough for and there are always competitors gunning for you for the keywords for which you are ranking well.  A good link building campaign is the solution to both those problems.  So, how does it work? What are […]

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