Semalt Referral Spam and Shady Tactics

3 Ways To Block Semalt and clean up your analytics

Ok Semalt, you have officially annoyed me and I’ve put you into my “bottom feeding scum, don’t touch with someone elses barge pole” file. Why? Today, once again, I used MY time to explain to a client that you (and your buddy Kambasoft) are NOT real visitors and are essentially worthless spam visits to their […]

This Week Online 27th July 2014

This week online 27th July 2014

What a week online! In case you missed the excitement, I’ve trawled the web to share with you the best bits that caught my eye over the last week. Local Search Google has once again put the cat amongst the pigeons with a major update to the local search rankings. Nicked named “Pigeon” by Search […]

Quality Rater Guide Leaked: What Businesses Need To Know

Google Quality Rater Guidelines - what your local business needs to know

Creating a local business website that Google and your users love is not always a straight-forward task, especially if you are building your own! Even gorgeously designed websites can overlook the basics. Your website is just the start of the plethora of signals that Google looks at when deciding if your local website is worthy […]

Ecommerce Content Marketing – 24 Expert Tips [Infographic]

24 expert tips for ecommerce content marketing

Many small businesses are taking the leap into ecommerce.  An online shop is an attractive prospect – make sales while you sleep, wake up flooded with orders… It doesn’t quite work that way! Opening up your ecommerce site, slapping on your products with a keyword stuffed description, hoping people somehow find you and then just […]

12.5 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Business Blog

12 essential WordPress plugins for your business blog

Where would your WordPress blog be without a plugin or two?  WordPress plugins add functionality to your blog.  They make blogging easier, more secure or just simply prettier. With over 31,000 WordPress plugins available in the WordPress repository alone, how do you start choosing?  When you see lists of 50 or 101 essential WordPress Plugins, […]

How to Delete Free Yell Listings

How to delete a free Yell.com listing

There seems to be an influx of people landing here looking for details on how to delete free Yell listings.  I know from experience cleaning up citations for local listings that Yell/Hibu don’t seem to have this information available on their site – or if it is, it is so far buried that no one […]

Fear Disguised As Practicality

Risk being seen in all your glory - Jim Carrey

I was taking a moment this morning to catch up with some reading with my coffee, when this gem whizzed through my feed. It’s 8 minutes of highlights from Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at Maharashi University of Management. I’m not a fan of Jim Carrey. The only reason I stopped to watch was because the […]

On-Page Local SEO: 10 Tips To Improve Your Local SEO [Infographic]

How do I get my business found online

Local SEO Woes “I’m doing all this stuff and still can’t be found online, even for my business name!” Sound familiar? I hear it a lot from small business owners who are frantically Tweeting or Facebooking and generally chasing their own tail.  When you look at their website you’ll often find one of two things: […]

Google My Business – Goodbye Google Places

Goodbye Google Places, Hello Google My Business

Hello Google My Business Google announced yesterday the global rollout of Google My Business. The official UK announcement came this morning over on the Google UK for Business Page. Google My Business should be hitting the dashboard in 236 regions and 65 languages as we speak.  If you don’t have it right now, it won’t […]

Using Facebook For Local Business – 10 Top Tips for Getting Started

10 Top tips - using Facebook for local business

Using Facebook for Local Business can be quite a challenge. When you see your peers and competitors furiously spamming Facebook groups with 2, 3 or even more profiles used for business, it’s tempting to fall into the same trap. While the news that the reach for Facebook Pages is lower than ever, having a well […]