It has come to my realization that I am in a rut. An external linking rut.
Well, I knew I needed to revisit linking strategies … it’s one of those things that I never sat down to research and really dig into because I have procrastinated incredibly well, but the past week has propelled me in that direction, not necessarily with my consent. But once I started digging into the data and ignoring the world around me, it was good.
It was good to see what I have been doing right and to discover those little opportunities that I have missed but can now take advantage of.[Read more]
Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Search Influence’s Will Scott will speak about Facebook for small business at SearchFest 2010. The 4th annual Searchfest is March 9th at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
SearchFest is the largest search engine marketing conference in Portland. Dedicated to search marketing education from the industry experts and thought leaders, SearchFest’s mission is to educate businesses on the benefits of SEO and SEM.[Read more]
Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
Occasionally, we have a new plastic surgery client who does not use before and after pictures on their website. Traditionally, plastic surgery internet marketing experts have held on to the belief that a before and after gallery is a must for driving traffic to the site and ultimately turning visitors into real patients.
Most surgeons use a gallery as patient education, and the more knowledge a patient has of a doctor, the more likely they are to schedule a consultation. For Newport Beach Plastic Surgery, Newport Beach rhinoplasty patients can see for themselves the artistic skill and experience of the surgeon. They can see the results and what they will get out of the surgery before they even talk to the doctor. This is a powerful tool.[Read more]
Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Local search experts share secrets, tips and tools to dominate local on March 23, 2010 at SES New York.
Local search marketing is a different animal than typical search engine optimization. (Is there such a thing as “typical search engine optimization”?) The semi-annual Local Search Summit will be held March 23, 2010 at the Hilton New York, and provides an opportunity to listen in as the top thought leaders in the industry discuss the most up-to-date local search techniques and tricks.
Super SEO secrets being shared …
Local search ranking factors can rock the search results.[Read more]
Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010
One of the first road blocks we often have to get around is the belief that the Google Local 7-Pack map listing is the “whole enchilada.”
Yeah, the Google 7-Pack is definitely a positive listing for a local business, gets your listing featured at the top of the page with your primary competition. It’s good stuff, sure. This is not an exact quote, but it comes from Steve Espinosa: “With a #1 map ranking and #1 organic ranking, organic get’s 1.8 times the traffic.” Of a potential 100% combined traffic, 30% would come from the map listing.[Read more]
Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Your Google listing and its Google Place page is a great central depository for all information about your business. It is the compilation of business owner provided data as well as user-generated reviews. The Place page is an incredibly valuable tool for a small or medium size business owner. The Places page URL is friendly to users, easy to share, and easy to find …
You will want to search for your company + geo modifier.
For example, “Search Influence, New Orleans, LA” will get me here:
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010
In conversation one day, I mentioned to Will that for what we charge some of our clients, I can put a real value on it when I compare it to yellow pages spending. And what I mean by that is for what a plastic surgeon or a dentist or a wedding photographer might pay for a large display ad in their local yellow pages, they could be spending the same or less in search engine optimization (SEO – Organic Search) / search engine marketing (SEM – Paid Search) and getting so much more return on investment for their marketing budget.[Read more]
Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009