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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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Time & Space Running Out: Sign Up for Local U Advanced in NYC

Filed in Conferences/Educ. by Matt McGee on September 20, 2013 0 Comments
Time & Space Running Out: Sign Up for Local U Advanced in NYC

My next speaking appearance is coming up about 10 days away. For the first time (and last time if I screw it up!), I’ll be speaking at one of the Local U Advanced workshops: Local U Advanced NYC: September 30, 2013 It’s part of the full-day workshops that are happening the day before SMX East […]

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Finally, Glass Almanac Has 1 Visit from Bing (and Yahoo, too!)

Filed in Bing, Google, SEO, Yahoo by Matt McGee on September 12, 2013 1 Comment
Finally, Glass Almanac Has 1 Visit from Bing (and Yahoo, too!)

Since I mentioned a month ago that Google and Bing are handling my new GlassAlmanac.com website soooo differently, I want to share this update: The site finally got its first visit from Bing. And it also has one visit from Yahoo, too! The Bing visit happened back on August 25, two weeks after I wrote […]

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As Menu Search Expands, is MSO Far Behind?

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on September 10, 2013 2 Comments
As Menu Search Expands, is MSO Far Behind?

I don’t know how many people search — or want to search — for specific menu items, but both Foursquare and Yelp are offering it on their mobile apps. (There may be others, too, but those are the two local apps I use the most.) Foursquare announced its searchable menus on Monday — something we […]

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