40+ Point Local SEO Checklist to Supercharge Your Local Marketing

40+ Point Local SEO Checklist to Supercharge Your Local Marketing

Do you want to rank your local business in Google and other local search engines? Of course you do. As a small business owner, you want more people to visit your website, and local SEO is how you make that happen. With 46% of Google searches being local, getting your site ranked can be the difference from getting a few leads, to getting A LOT of leads. So what’s the catch? Well, local SEO can be difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. Thankfully, we’ve put together this handy local SEO checklist so you can get your site optimised in no time. But first, let’s quickly look at Google’s ranking factors for local SEO: Local SEO ranking factors In order to optimise your site to rank for local searches, it is important to know which of Google’s ranking factors will affect your site. The extra challenge of local SEO is that you want to not only appear in the standard organic search results, but also as parts of the maps pack via your Google My Business listing. Now obviously, no one knows these factors for certain. But according to a study by Moz, here are some most important signals to focus on to grow your local digital marketing presence: Google My Business Link Review On-Page Citation Behavioral Personalization Social Getting started with local SEO Let’s begin with the local SEO best practices that you should be doing before you start tackling anything else. Will implementing these things have a direct effect on rankings? Probably not. Should you still try and tick them all off? Absolutely. These are...
The Best White Label SEO Tools for Marketers and Agencies

The Best White Label SEO Tools for Marketers and Agencies

White label SEO tools allow you to extend the range of SEO offerings you can present to clients without needing to develop new tools, reporting offerings, or functionality yourself. White label — or SEO reselling as it is sometimes called — allows you or your agency to focus on what you do best. Even if you primarily do design, development, advertising, or ecommerce, chances are most clients will also want at least some SEO-related services. By opting for white label SEO tools, you can skip the need to retrain employers, divert resources, or bring new workers on board. You just keep doing what you do best while reselling the SEO tools and services of others. White labeling has been around for a while. And simply means the dashboard, analytics screens, or output of an SEO tool are provided to you “unbranded.” By placing you or your client’s branding on SEO tools or their output, you can effectively extend your offerings with another organization’s toolset. “White labeling” as it relates to SEO tools provides you with the following options: Branding a tool as your organization’s own Reselling a tool to a client, even though you didn’t make the tool Setting up a custom domain that houses a suite of tools made by your firm or others And discreet billing for services provided by others. The benefits of white label SEO tools include: The ability to ramp up services quickly for increased demand The ability to offer an increased set of services to individual clients The ability to implement a greater range of up-sells The ability to run with your expertise,...
How Google SSL Requirements Impact Your Website’s SEO

How Google SSL Requirements Impact Your Website’s SEO

In a push to further secure and better encrypt the internet, Google has been making changes to how their various products and services treat SSL certificates. The new default for Google’s outlook on the internet includes encryption – a secure connection (HTTPS) is required, no longer a feature only for online banking and shopping sites. This decision is arguably the right move for the internet, in an age of privacy concerns and 3 letter agencies doing mass surveillance with bulk data collection, but it can be harmful to your business if your website remains insecure. If your website is available over HTTP but not HTTPS it’s possible that you may see a loss in traffic, user trust, and likely a negative impact your conversion rates. Chrome Listing Websites As “Not Secure” Google made an announcement on their security blog in early 2018 about the changes coming to Google Chrome and the changes they were making to alert web surfers that they are browsing an insecure site. A previous announcement in October 2017 stated that these changes were coming, but at that time it only applied to HTTP (non-secured) pages where users were asked to enter personal information. Starting in July 2018 Google launched the change in Chrome that any websites loading over HTTP would now carry a “Not secure” warning in the browser’s address bar by default. This was a big shift, treating unsecured websites neutrally (except in scenarios where personal data was being entered) to now looking at them in a negative light at all times. These changes also brought a shift to how HTTPS encrypted sites were...
How To Contact Google My Business Support Online & By Phone

How To Contact Google My Business Support Online & By Phone

When verifying and correcting Google My Business (GMB) listings it’s not that common to run into issues in 2019 – most common problems have been ironed out after nearly a decade. However, every so often you just hit a wall and the automated systems won’t let you go any further. If you found this page, you’re probably in one of those situations right now. When the robots aren’t working you need to fall back to humans and that’s where Google My Business’s phone and online support come into play. Please note that over the years Google has often changed/disabled support form links and phone numbers to (I’m assuming) reduce their support volumes. As of 2019 the below methods are working, if they stop working we’ll do our best to update this with any changes or new support methods available. How to Contact Google My Business 1. Call Google My Business Support One of the best ways to get a GMB problem sorted out quickly is through their phone support. You may have to wait in the queue for awhile, but you get to speak to an actual person who has the power to instantly fix a lot of common issues with listings or the verification process. Google My Business Phone Number: 1 (844) 491-9665 Phone support is available Monday-Friday from 9am to 6pm EST. I would recommend calling earlier rather than later, as the wait times only get worse throughout the day. This number will get you on the phone with an employee from Google’s support team in India or periodically their office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2. Get...
Our Agency’s Epic 200% Productivity Secret: [Trello & Scrum]

Our Agency’s Epic 200% Productivity Secret: [Trello & Scrum]

Just over a year ago, we were losing clients faster than we could acquire them. We were barely delivering, and when we did, it was rarely on time. Had we continued down that path, we would have had to close our doors, no doubt about it. I’m going to tell you what our problem was, and how we went about fixing it, effectively saving our business of 5 years from certain death. I’m going to show you how you can implement what we did, and make your business/team produce exponentially faster. The Backstory We thought we were on the cusp of agency, and workflow/collaboration technology. We were using Trello, and we’d (well more like me) praise Trello and all it had done for us any time given the chance. I still do, as it is an incredible product. I recall making videos for potential clients during the courting process, showing them a screencast of Trello and how we moved and collaborated with our existing clients. They were wow’d, and we closed just about every deal that came across our desk. I was super proud of these videos, and showing off our process. But that was all show. It was pretty, it looked like it worked, and we even fooled ourselves into thinking it was working. It wasn’t. It took us losing 4 multi-million (billion in one case) clients to realize how totally f*cked we were. And even after that in fact, we continued on for months without a viable solution. We tried to work faster, come up with more creative solutions, and the result was us working harder, and...