To-Do List: Creating a Fabulous Google Place Page

Here is a paraphrase of conversations I’ve had with several local businesses recently: Them: “How do I get on the first page of Google?” Me: “Show up in the local business results.” In each case, these businesses have no real hope of cracking the first page of Google’s web results. They are relatively small, local businesses […]

Adding a Facebook Fan Page

This is the second in my series of posts describing the steps involved in adding a business to the Top 10 Free Places to List a Business. In this post, I will describe the process of adding a Facebook Fan Page for my friend Kelton’s business, QUICK-BEND design. Note that I say Fan Page, but Facebook […]

Top 10 Free Places to List Your Business

Breaking news! Jason Rogers wrote a fabulous update to this (somewhat outdated) post in November, 2015: Six Must-have Citations in 2016. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming … In putting together this list, we looked at a variety of factors, including overall traffic, domain authority, share of local search and depth of listing content in […]

Oops, I Forgot the Moral of the Story

After reading my last post, my wife reminded me of a letter that was circulating around about five years ago. We had just moved to the UK on a job assignment, and were in the midst of struggling to get basic services like a phone number and a bank account. The letter is to NTL, […]

Unhappy Customer: Judge, Jury and Executioner?

Customer reviews are fast becoming the primary currency of business information on the web. Google Maps is putting increased emphasis on reviews, and has been aggregating business reviews from all over. And AT&T just announced the impending launch of a new consumer-review-focused site, buzz.com. Presumably some of the motivation behind the new site came from the […]