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5 Modern-Day Alternatives to Link Building

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Things like social shares, third-party reviews and Nofollow links are just as valuable as traditional links, but don't carry the same risk of penalty or the stigma of "link building." Things like social shares, third-party reviews and Nofollow links are just as valuable as traditional links, but don't carry the same risk of penalty or the stigma of "link building." 0 Comments

Yelp Earnings Report Shows Strength In Mobile Search

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Though the value of Yelp's shares continue to decline, the company is becoming a stronger player in mobile search, as demonstrated by its 22 percent growth in mobile monthly visitors. Though the value of Yelp's shares continue to decline, the company is becoming a stronger player in mobile search, as demonstrated by the 22 percent growth in mobile monthly visitors. 0 Comments

5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Rock the Web

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If customers can't find you on the Internet, they'll find your competitors instead. To stand out online, SMBs should focus on mobile-friendly sites, social platforms and online reviews. If customers can't find you on the Internet, they'll find your competitors instead. To stand out online, SMBs should focus on mobile-friendly sites, social platforms and online reviews. 0 Comments

7 Content Growth Hacks to Help Drive More Qualified Traffic

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Paid campaigns, recirculating popular content, being location-specific and developing mutually-promotional relationships are a few steps toward using content to drive more traffic. Paid campaigns, recirculating popular content, being location-specific and developing mutually-promotional relationships are a few steps toward using content to drive more traffic. 0 Comments

A Look at Local Search

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Proximity, relevance and prominence are the three cornerstones of local SEO. Reviews are also important, though they don't affect rankings nearly as much as many people think. Proximity, relevance and prominence are the three cornerstones of local SEO. Reviews are also important, though they don't affect rankings nearly as much as many people think. 0 Comments

Is Your Site Configured For the International Googlebot?

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Google has improved the way it crawls, indexes and ranks sites with international content. Understanding these changes is crucial for those creating content for a global audience. Google has improved the way it crawls, indexes and ranks sites with international content. Understanding these changes is crucial for those creating content for a global audience. 0 Comments

Uber Buys Microsoft's Mapping Tech to Lessen Reliance on Google Maps

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Uber has purchased Bing mapping technology and absorbed 100 Bing Maps employees in an effort to build its own geo-location data. The move could allow the company to break ties with Google Maps. Uber has purchased Bing mapping technology and absorbed 100 Bing Maps employees in an effort to build its own geo-location data. The move could allow the company to break ties with Google Maps. 0 Comments

The Most Expensive States for Paid Search in the U.S.

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Cities like New York and San Francisco tend to be synonymous with expensive, but CPCs are higher in rural areas, particularly Alabama, while the best deals are in the Great Plains. Cities like New York and San Francisco tend to be synonymous with expensive, but CPCs are higher in rural areas, particularly Alabama, while the best deals are in the Great Plains. 0 Comments

Facebook's "Yelp Alternative" Blurs Lines Between Social and Search

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Facebook has begun testing a feature that offers reviews from publications like Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle to rival Yelp's crowdsourced reviews. Facebook has begun testing a feature that offers reviews from publications like Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle to rival Yelp's crowdsourced reviews. 0 Comments

Mobile Search Spend Share to Reach 83% by 2018

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Recent eMarketer research found that mobile search spend is growing exponentially with no end in sight, even more so than they previously reported. eMarketer research finds that mobile search spend is growing exponentially, while Google's dominance is threatened by in-app searching. 0 Comments

Does Yelp Really Matter?

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In a search marketing world that is dictated by Google, should businesses care about getting Yelp reviews? In a search marketing world that is dictated by Google, should businesses care about getting Yelp reviews? 0 Comments

Enhance Your Local SEO Strategy With Google+ Local

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Using Google+ Local is fundamental for businesses in order to be found on Google in local searches, as the platform drives the results on Google Maps. How can you make the most of Google+ Local? Using Google+ Local is fundamental for businesses in order to be found on Google in local searches, as the platform drives the results on Google Maps. 0 Comments

Social and SEO Work Better Together

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While Facebook likes and Twitter followers don't directly affect search rankings, social and SEO work hand-in-hand. While Facebook likes and Twitter followers don't directly affect search rankings, social and SEO work hand-in-hand. 0 Comments

Save the Date: "One-Stop Digital" on Mobile & Local Search

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SEW is delighted to announce its Content Takeover series. Our inaugural "One-Stop Digital" begins with a focus on Mobile and Local Search, and is happening from February 24 to 26, 2015. SEW is delighted to announce its Content Takeover series. Our inaugural "One-Stop Digital" begins with a focus on Mobile and Local Search, and is happening from February 24 to 26, 2015. 0 Comments