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Forum: Search Engine Optimization 8th November 2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Local Business Maps Lisiting Dropping

PM me your domain, I will have a look : )
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th July 2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 941
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Using t-shirts a good offline strategy?

I am reminded of this great read: How Giving Away T-Shirts Made Me Over $500K in Revenue @sujanpatel (http://sujanpatel.com/marketing/how-giving-away-t-shirts-made-me-over-500k-in-revenue/)
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th July 2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,231
Posted By bluesteele
Re: What Are Some Similar Sites Like Manta?

When I think Manta, I think a local business directory, or probably more accurately, a citation opportunity. Are you looking for citations, or something else?
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd July 2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,117
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Source for Local Phone Number With Whisper Feature

Twilio FTW. Have used it for years, and if you are creative, you can rig up a whisper feature.
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd July 2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,554
Posted By bluesteele
Re: time tracking software

Been using Harvest for the longest time, but have started to make the move to Toggl. Have found so far that Toggl isn't quite as flexible as I would have hoped, but their support team has been...
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd July 2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 806
Posted By bluesteele
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd July 2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,569
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Where to buy social signals?

I don't think it is a bad thing to do in moderation. Suppose you have a blog post with no social action...that is only going to create negative social proof. You are better off hiding your social...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 25th June 2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Help with address change for Google local?

I don't know that there is any perfect sequence to do this in. I have tried a number of variations. I believe Google recommends that you close the location, and setup a new listing. The problem with...
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th June 2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,783
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Online Reputation Management - How are you getting reviews for your clients?

Get More Online Reviews, Testimonials and Referrals for Your Businesses | GetFiveStars (http://www.getfivestars.com/home/)

Strongly would recommend you check this out. Have had some time to look...
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th June 2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Renting a Google Places Listing

It is very much a viable model, even with a UPS address - risky mind you, but viable. Risky because whether you rent out a real address or a UPS box, one way or another, you are still not what Google...
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th June 2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,613
Posted By bluesteele
Re: WOW! Goodbye G+ Local --- Hello Google My Business - HUGE Google Update!

Any "positive" change is a very welcomed, especially when it comes to Google Places. Yes, I still refuse to call it anything else : P Am hoping that in their next iteration they spend a bit more time...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 25th June 2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Google Map Listings

Like the others mentioned, citations. Citations and continuing do work on your organic placement will go a long way to helping. If your listing is still fairly new, that could very well be your...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th June 2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By bluesteele
Re: How many online tools approximently do you use for your business?

Hide My Ass
SEMRush
Moz
Hootsuite
Link Detox
Whitespark
Skype
Harvest
StrongVPN
Animoto
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th June 2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,426
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Is Fiverr any good?

100s and 100s of orders later, I still use Fiverr regularly. There is always some creative way to use Fiverr to get stuff done. There are a lot of really talented people on there if you spend a...
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th May 2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By bluesteele
Re: WP SEO Plugins for Local

Standard Yoast + local markup. Lots of fancy plugins out there, but IMO you want to be as plugin light as possible.
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th May 2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,344
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Best CRM December 2013 [Lead Management]

You'd be surprised at what you can accomplish with just a simple spreadsheet. I spent a lot of time mucking around in different CRMs, and ended up, for a lot of what I do, using spreadsheets.
...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st May 2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,422
Posted By bluesteele
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st May 2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,905
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Schema data for local business SEO

STOP, and mark up all things.

I'd be careful to believe that markup will improve local rank though - unless someone has published data I haven't seen yet. At least local mark up. IMO, it is one of...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st May 2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Call tracking number?

Twilio. Never looked back.
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st May 2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,003
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Accounting software

Less Accounting FTW. Freshbooks if your needs are more simple. Quickbooks if more complicated. For those home service folks among you, mhelpdesk + quickbooks.
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st May 2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Whats hot these days?

http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz3hdl22ex1rp5scxo1_500.jpg
Forum: Social Media 28th April 2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,615
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Social Signals Automation

Anyone have any more thoughts re this? Been meaning to check out Synnd, but never used it before.
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th April 2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,194
Posted By bluesteele
Re: How to add additional value to reputation management & repair services?

How about getting to the core of why they had to hire you for ORM in the first place? Fix that, and you fix the ORM problem.
Forum: Offline Marketing 11th April 2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,192
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Looking For A Good Virtual Office - Any Ideas?

My preference is co-working/hot-desking type setups. They have a good startup/incubator style vibe, and they can be very cost effective. Also, if you are using this for Google Places, IMO they are...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd April 2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Reputation Monitoring

There are some platforms that monitor such things - local SEO dashboard kind of thing. SweetIQ maybe?

For something quick and dirty, check out:...
Forum: Offline Marketing 2nd April 2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Citations in Europe

Few more:

opendi.nl
misterwhat.nl
telefoonboek.nl

Also check this out: Mihmorandum | Local Search Citations in Continental Europe | Local SEO...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st April 2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Citations in Europe

Some, but it is tricky. We are actually working with a couple clients there right now, and where we normally do great with intl orders, we've struggled. Couple hours of digging manually and via the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st April 2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 904
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Free Project Mgmt gamification tool?

I think you might be able to rig up something in Trello, which is free. Maybe using votes or some such thing.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 31st March 2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,558
Posted By bluesteele
Re: SEO Offpage

Amen.

Also, check out:

Link Building Tactics - The Complete List (http://pointblankseo.com/link-building-strategies)
http://www.backlinko.com/link-building

Good luck!
Forum: Offline Marketing 31st March 2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Fastest way to beat Yelp

This ^. Might also:

buy some EMD, rank those
rank an inner page on your site
rank an inner page on the EMD
Create a forum post
Forum: Offline Marketing 31st March 2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,153
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Getting clients/leads with free methods

Go old school, and speak to everyone you know. Let them know what you are doing, and ask if they know anyone who might be interested in such paying you for it. If every 2nd person puts you in touch...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th March 2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Yelp announces a tougher review filter!

Read this really good post on Yelp's filter not too long ago. A little taboo, but all the more enjoyable: How to Avoid the Yelp Review Filter | LocalVox Small Business Blog...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd March 2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 492
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Rank local Bar for it's City (Advice)

I am not sure if there is any one single source to answer your question, but I am sure you could find some answers here: Offline Marketing Discussions...
Forum: Offline Marketing 22nd March 2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By bluesteele
Re: How can we make money with directories?

Create spammy directories, sell links, charge money for link removal. rinse and repeat.

Sorry, doing a link removal right now, and coming across guys who are doing just this. Bitter : ) Dirty, but...
Forum: Offline Marketing 22nd March 2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Google + Multiple Provinces

I too prefer the folder route suggested by the folks below, but only because I am confident in what I am doing (not doing anything too dodgy) and find it to be the most efficient use of my time and...
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th March 2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,976
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Your No #1 Ultimate Favourite Way To Get Leads In 2014

Focus on the customer. Give, give and give some more. The rest takes care of itself.
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th March 2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Need way to find cities in a radius

Ask the client? They likely live there, no? I usually seek advice from the client, pull up Google Maps, Wikipedia, and create a list. I'll look at average income, population and other data to create...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th March 2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,090
Posted By bluesteele
Re: What has happened to the Google Plus Local 7 pack

What this guy said ^

However, I was just talking with someone the other day who claimed they knew some ways to trigger a 1pak. So, perhaps to some extent there is some rhyme and/or reason.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 17th March 2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,232
Posted By bluesteele
Re: SEO for a small local service

If you think you have looked after local (citations for example), and aren't sure the what and the how of what is next, the most typical answer is...see what you competitors are doing, do what they...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th March 2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Keyword Research

^ This, and this: How To Do Keyword Research for SEO | SEO Nick (http://www.seonick.net/keyword-research/)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th March 2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By bluesteele
Re: "reputation management"

Much of what everyone else said. Social, and other like properties are great because you can pound them with links, and they will only improve in rank. The limitation I have found, for example...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th March 2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,476
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Do articles still work?

I am not sure I would say they are "dead," but I would hardly make them the bulk, or even a sizeable portion of my effort. I think every link is valuable, but in moderation. You should aim to have a...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th March 2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 746
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Website ranks top on Bing and Yahoo but nowhere on Google

I imagine it has recently come down, but as it is, it certainly isn't going to rank in any search engine. I would look into that!
Forum: Offline Marketing 10th March 2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Live Chat Solution for my customer

Big fan of this one, though it is paid: WordPress - WordPress Live Chat Plugin | CodeCanyon (http://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-live-chat-plugin/3952877)

Can see it in action on my site here:...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th February 2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,182
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Should I choose a Long Tail Domain (EMD)

Like most have said, it depends. It depends on what you are doing. If you are creating a parasite site to pump up your antler hormone affiliate site, then and EMD might make sense. If you're goal is...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th February 2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 709
Posted By bluesteele
Re: SEO question !!

Son, you need BlueHatSEO in your life. If you can find any of Eli's content still online, I would start there.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th February 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By bluesteele
Re: google map vs google places

My understanding is that MAPS is free of organic influence. That is, it is a purely local based algorithm. PLACES however is partly influenced by organic ranking factors.

Oh but it gets even more...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,095
Posted By bluesteele
Map Spam Whistle-Blower Goes Public

Insider: Google 'map jacking' is rampant, a threat to public safety | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th February 2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Any <$100 Reputation Management service to offer?

Not sure if this would fit the bill, but this looks like a great product and the guys behind it are rock solid: Get More Online Reviews, Testimonials and Referrals for Your Businesses | GetFiveStars...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th February 2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By bluesteele
Re: How do You Write the Content for Businesses Websites? Ask Them or Think It Up Yourself?

You might like: Designing Business Location Website Pages: Part One (http://localu.org/blog/designing-business-location-website-pages-part-one-single-location-business/)
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th February 2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By bluesteele
Re: How do You Write the Content for Businesses Websites? Ask Them or Think It Up Yourself?

I look to the competitors - the ones that are killing it. Use their content as a basis, and ask the client what they are missing, and fill in the holes. Usually the hang up isn't the items, but...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd February 2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,894
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Ranking New Local Sites

I hardly believe it had anything to do with the citations, and more to do with them linking back with the blog comments, or other stuff they've done. I would guess most who are citation blog...
Forum: Offline Marketing 21st February 2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,894
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Ranking New Local Sites

This I've got to hear.

Not that I condone, but please explain to me how you are going to get penalized off a citation, and no link.

Must be the "unnatural citations" penalty we've all never...
Forum: Offline Marketing 20th February 2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,894
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Ranking New Local Sites

I could be wrong on this, but my understanding has always been that if you are building citations worth their salt, getting them indexed is not an issue. It will happen quickly, and natural all by...
Forum: Offline Marketing 20th February 2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,069
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Google+ Local Domination - How is this being done?

I am anxious to hear what Linda has to say, but like so much else in the realm of SEO, I'm not too sure there is a definitive answer. At best, recurring cases and some educated speculation. Just my...
Forum: Offline Marketing 20th February 2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,069
Posted By bluesteele
Re: Google+ Local Domination - How is this being done?

I'd be curious to hear if it is a spammy listing that has caused the one box for the OP. Though I can't think of an example off hand, I can think of cases previously (in the last 6 months) where I...
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