Archive for February, 2012

What’s In the Yelp Advertiser Contract?

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on February 20, 2012 3 Comments
What’s In the Yelp Advertiser Contract?

I’ve written before about Yelp advertising, but not to the depth that Rocky Agrawal has been writing about it in recent days. And most of what he’s writing isn’t positive. I don’t quite know why Agrawal has written so much about Yelp ads in recent days, but in the name of informing small business owners […]

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SBSM Flashback: February 2011

Filed in Link Roundups by Matt McGee on February 20, 2012 0 Comments
SBSM Flashback: February 2011

For those of you who are new SBSM readers & subscribers, here’s a list of noteworthy posts you probably missed from one year ago. I try to put together a post like this each month to introduce new readers to old content that might be worth reading.

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Variety: The Spice of Life, and Your Blog

Filed in Blogging, MY BEST POSTS by Matt McGee on February 16, 2012 1 Comment
Variety: The Spice of Life, and Your Blog

I saw an article not long ago that had some terrific advice about writing great blog posts. But I didn’t agree with the main premise. The point of the article was something along the lines of how to hit a home run with every blog post your write. Here’s my thing: I don’t want every […]

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Almost Unanimous: Don’t Retweet It When Someone Mentions You in a #FF Tweet

Filed in Social Media by Matt McGee on February 12, 2012 4 Comments
Almost Unanimous: Don’t Retweet It When Someone Mentions You in a #FF Tweet

I used Twitter and Google+ to survey my followers on Friday about the somewhat common practice of retweeting when you get included in someone else’s Friday Follow (#FF) tweet. Several dozen replies came in (see below) and the overwhelming response is that it’s a bad idea. I’m in the same camp as the folks who […]

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Manta: More Than a Million Claimed Business Listings

Filed in Directories, Local Search by Matt McGee on February 10, 2012 3 Comments
Manta: More Than a Million Claimed Business Listings

I’ve been meaning to write something about Manta’s local business directory for a little while now, primarily because I see it showing up more and more in local “place / category” search results. (They have some sharp SEOs from what I understand…) And now it appears I don’t need to write something, because Greg Sterling […]

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Slowly Making Progress on Unmerging a Triple-Merged Google Places Listing

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on February 9, 2012 3 Comments
Slowly Making Progress on Unmerging a Triple-Merged Google Places Listing

Time for this week’s update on my wife’s merged Google Places listings nightmare. This is the third installment, and things have gotten slightly better since the last update. You may recall that this began in mid-January when Google emailed to let me know that it would un-merge her Places listing and then re-merge it again. […]

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