New Google Bug – Adding a GMB Listing

New Google Bug – Adding a GMB Listing

I have a client that's opened a second office, and I'm unable to add their GMB listing. After adding the address, I'm unable to proceed because there's an error reading "Enter an address and marker that's specify at the same place". The problem is, there's nowhere to...

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New Google Search Console Performance Reports

New Google Search Console Performance Reports

Google Search Console recently started delivering reports to webmasters who have their sites claimed, but it seems to be rolling out very slowly. Out of the dozens of sites that I have in GSC, for the month of September, I received only two, but this morning, for the...

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Google My Business – Change to Messaging

Google My Business – Change to Messaging

Were you one of the early adopters to Google My Business messaging? I'm talking about this button right here, that allows your customers to message you right from Google's search results. If you were, then congratulations, and good for you - and oh by the way, it's...

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Google Search App Bug – Adding a Photo

Google Search App Bug – Adding a Photo

I was at the airport last week leaving for Pubcon and tried to add an image from the restaurant I was eating at, but I couldn't do it. I Tweeted about the bug to Google My Business, who asked me to send them a DM with all the details, so I did. #BugReport @GoogleMyBiz...

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Google Search Console Tools – The Missing Links

Google Search Console Tools – The Missing Links

This morning Google killed off access to the "old" Webmaster Tools interface in Google Search Console, and with it, they've removed convenient access for two needed tools. If you've been poking around trying to find them, you're not the only one, and a lot of people...

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Remax Realty Properties – Time Share Rental Scam

Remax Realty Properties – Time Share Rental Scam

A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call from someone claiming to be Chistyan Duran, and he was interested in renting our Mexican timeshare that we bought 20 years ago. The company was a familiar name, Remax Realty, and they were based in Eden Prairie Minnesota. While...

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Verifying Google Search Console Just Got Easier

Verifying Google Search Console Just Got Easier

For quite a while now, I've had issues adding properties to Google Search Console. Not every time, but often. It's actually been going on for months, and it's gotten a lot worse lately. Verification with Google Analytics used to work pretty well for a while,...

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YouTube Changed the Related Videos Parameter

YouTube Changed the Related Videos Parameter

Up until a few weeks ago, there was an option inside of YouTube to embed a video on your website without showing related videos at the end, which were often from competitors. The process was somewhat hidden, but at least it was an available option. When you went to...

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My Free WordPress Setup Plugin

My Free WordPress Setup Plugin

I've had this free plugin available for years, and we just updated to version 4.0. There are paid plugins that don't work as well as this one, saving even the most experienced WordPress admins 20 to 40 minutes on each installation.

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I’ll Be the Judge of That!

I’ll Be the Judge of That!

For the third year in a row, I am excited to be one of the judges for the US Search Awards, which will be presented at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. I'm judging in just three of the 33 categories, all listed here and Wednesday...

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New Scam – Updating Your WordPress Database

New Scam – Updating Your WordPress Database

A new email scam has surfaced over the past couple of weeks, telling people that their WordPress Database needs to be updated, and providing a link. This is no different than other phishing email scams that are out there, hoping to catch some of the millions of...

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You CAN Share to Twitter From Techsmith Snaggit 11

You CAN Share to Twitter From Techsmith Snaggit 11

Techsmith claims that I have to buy new software in order to be able to "share to Twitter" from my licensed Snaggit Version 11, but I found their original add-in file, and it works just fine. When old software stops working on new versions of Windows, it's...

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Hacked Links in WordPress Pages

Hacked Links in WordPress Pages

Ever heard of two scripts called lnkr5.min.js and lnkr30_nt.min.js? I hadn't either, until I had a client whose website kept getting hacked. It took a while to figure out what was happening, but eventually we found that every time one particular person made an edit to...

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Suddenly Buried in Spam? You Might Have Been Hacked

Suddenly Buried in Spam? You Might Have Been Hacked

Have you ever been buried in spam emails for a short time, maybe a couple of hours, or overnight? Do you know why the happened? What you see below is spam e-mail arriving at a rate of about 25 per minute, or a new one every couple of seconds. Obviously this is...

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You Get to Deny Personal Responsibility with GDPR

You Get to Deny Personal Responsibility with GDPR

As of May 25th, 2018, visitors to this website arriving from EU countries began receiving this cookie notice upon entry... Showing this notice in the United States is not (yet) required by law, so we're not forcing it upon anyone else*.  It's only showing...

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Mobile First Indexing is Here – For One Client

Mobile First Indexing is Here – For One Client

We've all been hearing for a long time now about the mobile first index from Google and they announced in March that it was going to begin. "Mobile-first indexing" means that when it kicks in for your website, then Googlebot will use the mobile version of your site...

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Change Your Google Analytics Today – Or Else!

Change Your Google Analytics Today – Or Else!

If you've had your website for more than three years, Google is taking away a major ability to do analysis, if you don't check a certain box, by the end of the day TODAY.  Those aren't my words, they come from a video I just watched by Jeff Sauer Depending on how you...

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Collapsed or Tabbed Content is Fine With Google

Collapsed or Tabbed Content is Fine With Google

In the past week, not just one, but two of my clients pointed out things they've read online, which say that Google cannot index the text in tabbed or expandable elements. The first client phoned me last Friday concerning an FAQ page that we had built for...

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What is a Google “Offer Post”?

What is a Google “Offer Post”?

There seems to be a brand new Google feature for local businesses that I just ran across, called an "Offer Post", that should be available in most accounts now. To access it, log into Google My Business and go to the dashboard of your business, by clicking the tile...

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Google Maps is a Google Adwords Search Partner

Google Maps is a Google Adwords Search Partner

Yesterday I learned that if you want your ads to appear in Google Maps, then you have to choose to advertise in the Google Search Partners network. Did you know that?  I didn't. When advertising in a Google Adwords search campaign, you're given a choice for the Google...

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New – Local Business Visibility Scan for Free

New – Local Business Visibility Scan for Free

This comprehensive tool scans Google’s search results to report what is actually indexed by Google. Enter your business name and zip code, and you’ll be able to select your business from the dropdown.  If your business is not listed, then you should claim your...

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Google’s SEO Starter Guide is Not Gone

Google’s SEO Starter Guide is Not Gone

Back in 2010, Google released an "SEO Starter Guide" as a .pdf file, and shared it with the world. The guide was 32 pages long, and covered quite a few facts and basic information about SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. It was a helpful document that was referred to...

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Install Free SSL on WordPress with Cloudflare

Install Free SSL on WordPress with Cloudflare

If you use WordPress, and you own your own domain, this is an easy and straightforward way to add SSL to your website. With this method, you don't have to pay, you don't have to involve your web host or move your hosting. Here's the transcript from the video... So the...

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Assembled – I’ll Be There to Help You

Assembled – I’ll Be There to Help You

If you are in charge of your companies marketing, there is going to be an event next week in SE Portland, that you can't afford to miss. All you have to do is show up at any time throughout the day, and help will be available for whatever you need. What: A round-robin...

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No New SSL Warning in Chrome 62?

No New SSL Warning in Chrome 62?

Update 10/24 - This morning there's a warning. It comes up when you begin filling out the form. It's small, but it's there. Was it there when I wrote this? I don't know, but it's definitely there now, so this post is irrelevant.  I don't know about you, but I put a...

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Tool to View Googles Cache

Tool to View Googles Cache

Unless you run one of the SEO toolbars in your browser, or you follow Googles instructions, the easiest way to see Google's cache of a particular page is to simply copy / paste this, directly in front of your the URL in the address bar....

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Yelp Has NOT Stopped Stealing From You

Yelp Has NOT Stopped Stealing From You

***Update 10/2/17****  - Yelp is AGAIN showing ads for competitors. Better check your own page if you're paying them... I still think my August post about this should have made the national news, after I showed that Yelp was charging businesses to remove competitor...

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Free Review Profiles WordPress Plugin

Free Review Profiles WordPress Plugin

Wouldn't it be great if there was a WordPress plugin that would let you give people a way to easily leave you a review at their preferred service? For example, if I could fill in my profile links in the back end, and then just use a shortcode to display them for you...

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Google Local Insights is Not Counting Photo Views

Google Local Insights is Not Counting Photo Views

Different from Google Analytics, Google business listing Insights shows local businesses where customers find them on Google, and also shows various customer actions, like requesting directions, phone calls and views. However, since August 16th, the photo views seem...

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Is Your Website Secure? You’re Running Out of Time

Is Your Website Secure? You’re Running Out of Time

Starting in October of this year, the Google Chrome browser (62) will be showing your visitors a “NOT SECURE” warning, when users try to enter any text into a form on your website that isn't protected by an SSL certificate. How do I know? Because email warnings...

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Disabling Yelp Competitor Ads?  No You’re Not.

Disabling Yelp Competitor Ads? No You’re Not.

Paying for a Yelp enhanced profile is SUPPOSED to include the removal of competitor ads from your Yelp Business Pages, but that’s not really true… I've used the Yelp Business manager for a lot of clients and different business types over the years, and sometimes used...

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How to Add a Facebook Ad Account Manager

How to Add a Facebook Ad Account Manager

Adding a manager to your page is not the same as adding a Facebook advertising account manager. This video shows you how to add a manager to your ad account. To add a manager to your Facebook Ad account, go to Facebook.com/ads/manager, and then click on that menu at...

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How to Add a Facebook Business Page Manager

How to Add a Facebook Business Page Manager

Adding an admin to your Facebook business page is easy, and here's how... To add a manager to your Facebook business page just look at your page on Facebook as an admin and you should have these menu options across the top. Click settings and over on the left side...

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New Google Adwords Interface

New Google Adwords Interface

This morning I had a button in my Adwords account to try the new Google Adwords beta interface, so I did... Transcription: This is my very first look at the new AdWords experience. I got an email for one of my clients and it said that he qualified for the new AdWords...

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How to Add a Manager to Google My Business

How to Add a Manager to Google My Business

Here's a one minute video showing how to add a manager to your Google My Business page. This video has been added to my Youtube channel, and there's a transcription below. Transcription: When you first log into Google My Business, you're going to see your business...

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SEO Chatbot – Ask a Question

SEO Chatbot – Ask a Question

Last summer when I was at SMX Advanced in Seattle, Danny Sullivan interviewed Googles Gary Illyes in a sort of "Fireside Chat" session. They covered a lot of ground, but the question that stood out most for me, was the last thing Danny asked, at the end of the day,...

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Retiring Our Hsphere Web Servers

Retiring Our Hsphere Web Servers

In 2002, we moved our web hosting websites to a billing and hosting control panel called Hsphere, and for 15 years it's been a workhorse. Several years ago, the company that built Hsphere was acquired by SWF software, who also onws Plesk. In 2007, they renamed...

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Unable to Save from Facebook Audience Insights

Unable to Save from Facebook Audience Insights

For at least two months now, I have been unable to create and save an audience in Facebook Audience Insights. It doesn't work in either Chrome and or Firefox, even with all extensions disabled, and the problem is present whether you use the old version or the new...

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Analytics Referral Spam – November 2016 Update

Analytics Referral Spam – November 2016 Update

Referral Spam in Analytics, a.k.a. "Fake Traffic" has been annoying us for a while now, and it's still a problem, ESPECIALLY for small businesses. If you have less than 1000 visitors a month, often nearly half the supposed traffic to a website is fake! After reviewing...

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Google Passwords Not Loading

Google Passwords Not Loading

I know there are a myriad of secure and safe "password keeper" solutions out there, but I've never personally used one. This morning I had to get into a web hosting CPanel which I hadn't been in for over two years, and although the password was saved in Chrome, it...

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Google “Review Us” Link Generator – Free Tool

Google “Review Us” Link Generator – Free Tool

Google is constantly changing, which makes it challenging to give your customers a "Review Us" link that actually works on a mobile phone and desktop computer.This tool uses our own Google Maps API key, to generate a perfectly formatted "Review Us" link directly from...

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Pubcon Las Vegas 2016

Pubcon Las Vegas 2016

I'm honored to be appearing in two sessions this year at Pubcon Las Vegas, the oldest internet marketing conference on the planet. I will be speaking primarily on AMP - Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages... Tuesday October 11 2016 Time 10:10a - 11:20a Location Salon G...

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Analytics Referral Spam – September Update

Analytics Referral Spam – September Update

Referral Spam in Analytics, a.k.a. "Fake Traffic" has been annoying us for a while now, and this month showed no improvement. After reviewing about a dozen client accounts for August of 2016, I've found nearly 20 suspicious domains, and I've added them my Google...

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Excel “Links Live” Button Disappearing?

Excel “Links Live” Button Disappearing?

For years now, I've offered a free Excel add-in I call "Links Live" that lets you make columns of hyperlinks live, or "clickable". This summer, there was a Windows security update that caused the add-in to become disabled each time you opened up Excel. In order to get...

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Analytics Referral Spam – August Update

Analytics Referral Spam – August Update

The problem of fake website traffic has been annoying us for years now, and there's no end in sight. After reviewing about a dozen client accounts for July, I've found 16 more suspicious domains to add to my Google Analytics referral spam exclusion segment this month....

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The BBB Has Lost It’s Way – Again

The BBB Has Lost It’s Way – Again

Today I got an email from someone telling me that their BBB seal was disappearing when someone hovers over it. I then looked at their site, where I saw that yes, sure enough, it the logo completely disappears when the mouse is hovered over it. I decided to get the...

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Google Search Console / Analytics Bug

Google Search Console / Analytics Bug

I am unable to associate any Google Analytics property with any Google Search Console accounts. I simply get an error message reading "You don't have Edit permissions to this Google Analytics property" for all domains in all accounts, and it's been going on for over...

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Analytics Referral Spam – July Update

Analytics Referral Spam – July Update

After reviewing the June statistics for 13 clients, there were only six more suspicious domains to add to the segment this month. The domains that have been added are: site-auditor.online law-enforcement-dd.xyz slow-website.xyz fix-website-errors.com...

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New Tool – Search Volume Checker

New Tool – Search Volume Checker

The tool below answers the nagging question, "Which phrase get more searches, 'accident lawyer' or 'accident attorney'?" and it will do it for multiple phrases at a time. Google used to offer the ability to get search volume for a specific set of phrases in the...

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Google Analytics Referral Spam Segment Updated

Google Analytics Referral Spam Segment Updated

In March I speculated on Twitter that the Google analytics referral spam referral spam problem might be solved. At the time, lots of people agreed with me, and things stayed pretty clean through the first part of April. Did @googleanalytics fix the referral spam...

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Analytics Referral Spam Problem Solved?

Analytics Referral Spam Problem Solved?

As of now, it looks like this may be the last update needed. Last month I only needed to add six domains to my referral spam blocking segment, and this month there were even less. Going through the referral stats for nearly 40 client websites, I only found two...

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