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Optimizing for Twitter People Search: Does a Keyword in Your Name Help?

Filed in SEO, Social Media by Matt McGee on December 4, 2013 2 Comments
Optimizing for Twitter People Search: Does a Keyword in Your Name Help?

As you probably know from reading some of the recent posts in this space, I’ve been enjoying using GlassAlmanac.com as a guinea pig for some SEO and visibility experiments/efforts. A recent experiment has focused on Twitter search result visibility. I don’t have any incredibly deep insights to share, so move along if that’s what you’re […]

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Is This a Google Hummingbird Search Result?

Filed in Google, SEO by Matt McGee on November 8, 2013 7 Comments
Is This a Google Hummingbird Search Result?

(Obviously ALL Google search results are Hummingbird-impacted, but this one really caught my eye today as being odd. Maybe you agree?) A couple times a year, I need to share a link with someone to an old article that I wrote here on SBSM: Dear Small Business Owners: Put Down Your Ranking Reports The easiest […]

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Glass Almanac (Finally) Has Its “Google Moment”

Filed in MY BEST POSTS, SEO by Matt McGee on November 5, 2013 1 Comment
Glass Almanac (Finally) Has Its “Google Moment”

There’s a moment during the life of every new website* when Google starts to like and trust the content it’s crawling. I call it the “Google moment.” If you’re keeping an eye on your analytics (as you should be), you can usually tell this moment pretty easily. Watch the amount of organic search traffic coming […]

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Yelp’s Reviews, Active Business Accounts Jump in Q3

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on October 30, 2013 0 Comments
Yelp’s Reviews, Active Business Accounts Jump in Q3

Yelp’s third quarter 2013 earnings report shows a huge gain in two of the company’s primary (non-financial) metrics: the number of active businesses using Yelp, and the total number of reviews Yelp says it now has more than 57,000 active business accounts, up from 35,500 a year ago — a 61 percent increase. These are […]

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GlassAlmanac.com: Why It Took 6 Weeks To Choose A Domain

Filed in Small Biz Marketing by Matt McGee on October 22, 2013 3 Comments
GlassAlmanac.com: Why It Took 6 Weeks To Choose A Domain

Trademarks, domain scarcity, price negotiations, social availability and so much more. Those were just some of the things involved in choosing a domain name for my new website, Glass Almanac. I’ve already written about how Google and Bing have handled the new site, and promised to write more about what I’m experiencing in launching it […]

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Small Biz Owners Prefer Websites To Social Media, But Are Ignoring Mobile

Filed in Statistics, Web Design, Web Site Content by Matt McGee on October 15, 2013 1 Comment
Small Biz Owners Prefer Websites To Social Media, But Are Ignoring Mobile

There’s been a lot of talk in the last year or two about small businesses increasingly preferring to use social media, sometimes rather than even having a website. But a recent Verisign-sponsored survey (PDF download) pours some cold water on that idea, and shows that the vast majority of SMBs are still relying on a […]

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