Archive for September, 2012

SBSM Flashback: September 2011

Filed in Link Roundups by Matt McGee on September 16, 2012 0 Comments
SBSM Flashback: September 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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Beyond Akismet: Try This WordPress Plugin to Keep Spammy Comments Off Your Blog

Filed in Blogging by Matt McGee on September 12, 2012 4 Comments
Beyond Akismet: Try This WordPress Plugin to Keep Spammy Comments Off Your Blog

I hate blog comment spam. Hate it with a passion. I’m extremely vigilant in deleting comments that don’t add quality to the conversation around my articles and I happily zap things that look like spam, even if they otherwise fit my comment guidelines. The Akismet plugin does a fine job of blocking obvious comment spam, […]

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Check It Out: Actual Real Estate Leads via Facebook

Filed in Social Media by Matt McGee on September 11, 2012
Check It Out: Actual Real Estate Leads via Facebook

I’ve seen some pushback lately about the value of social media as a lead generation/sales tool, and Facebook more specifically. I’ve said before that Facebook isn’t right for every business, but here’s proof that you can generate leads — real estate leads, in this case — via Facebook. My wife posted this Facebook status update […]

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SEO for Small Business Blogs: The 5-Part Series

Filed in Blogging, MY BEST POSTS, SEO by Matt McGee on September 7, 2012 1 Comment
SEO for Small Business Blogs: The 5-Part Series

With the publishing of yesterday’s article, the five-part series on small business blog SEO is complete. In the series, I spoke about the importance of internal linking — providing links on your blog to other content on your blog. I also talked about making it easy for others to link to your content. So, assuming […]

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SEO Final Steps: Content Marketing for Small Business Blogs

Filed in Blogging, SEO by Matt McGee on September 6, 2012 4 Comments
SEO Final Steps: Content Marketing for Small Business Blogs

(This is the fifth article in a five-part series about blog SEO. This series was published two years ago on HyperlocalBlogger.com with an emphasis on local blogs, but has been updated and rewritten for publishing now.) You may have a terrific small business blog — and I hope you do! — but no matter how […]

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OpenTable Has More Restaurant Reviews Than Yelp (Who Knew?!?)

Filed in Local Search, Statistics by Matt McGee on September 5, 2012 4 Comments
OpenTable Has More Restaurant Reviews Than Yelp (Who Knew?!?)

This caught me by surprise when it crossed my desk this afternoon: OpenTable is saying that it has more than 15 million restaurant reviews. Really? OpenTable? That’s half of the 30 million reviews that Yelp reported in its last earnings call — but Yelp is counting reviews in all categories. If you’re just counting places […]

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