Archive for April, 2011

April ’11: Best Search/Marketing Posts

Filed in Featured, Link Roundups by Matt McGee on April 30, 2011 1 Comment
April ’11: Best Search/Marketing Posts

Here’s my roundup of the best search/marketing posts I found and read during April. If you’re new to this blog, this is a monthly feature that began way back in 2007. You can find earlier “Best Of”s for each month in the Link Roundups category archive. I never include my own posts in these end-of-month […]

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Thank You, Sponsors

Filed in Site News by Matt McGee on April 30, 2011 0 Comments
Thank You, Sponsors

Every month I like to give a shout out to the sponsors who are supporting me and this blog. These are companies that value you, my readers, enough to want to have their names in front of your eyes. I hope you’ll read their messages below and, if interested, click through to learn more about […]

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Local SEO Spam, Coming to a Forum Near You

Filed in Featured, Local Search, SEO by Matt McGee on April 29, 2011 4 Comments
Local SEO Spam, Coming to a Forum Near You

When I think of spam in local search, I first think of businesses using phony addresses near a city center, creating multiple local listings, hijacking other companies’ listings, and things like that — usually associated with business listings. But over the past couple weeks, I’m seeing more local SEO spam creeping into one of the […]

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Short on Blogging Ideas? Look at Your Analytics

Filed in Blogging, Featured by Matt McGee on April 27, 2011 5 Comments
Short on Blogging Ideas? Look at Your Analytics

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about using Delicious.com and/or question-based keyword research tools for blog content ideas. There’s a more obvious source of content inspiration right underneath your nose: Your web analytics program. And it might be the best source of ideas. Know why?

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Google Places Turns 1: What’s Working, What’s Not

Filed in Featured, Google, Local Search, MY BEST POSTS by Matt McGee on April 22, 2011 14 Comments
Google Places Turns 1: What’s Working, What’s Not

Google Places turned a year old this week, which is kinda like 10 years in Internet time. And, like many 10-year-olds, Google Places is getting to that stage between being a cute kid and a troublesome teenager. (Apologies to my 13-year-old son.) It’s been quite a first year for Google Places — a year filled […]

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Google Places: Analytics Missing in Action (Again)

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on April 21, 2011 7 Comments
Google Places: Analytics Missing in Action (Again)

Is your Google Places dashboard showing any analytics data right now? Mine isn’t. There’s a Google Places help forum thread with a couple other users reporting the same thing, so at least I’m not alone. That doesn’t lessen the frustration. There was a similar problem in late February that seemed to take a few weeks […]

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