Question: Can your domain name make a big difference in ranking with very competitive keywords, ex. using a .us compared to a .com? Question: Are the reviews relevant for ranking in Google? Question: when changes are made to a website, how
Answer: Yes, domains matter. .com, .org, and .net do seem to be preferred over .biz, .info, etc., so generally try to use the more common ones. Even more important, having a keyword in the domain is a big help to SEO performance (if you can get one!).
REVIEWS. These are HUGE if you are trying to show up on local search AND if Google is generating Google Places results. Google Places / localization for SEO is a function of keywords in the right places AND reviews.
Third, in terms of how long, it depends how you have trained Google. Google is reputational; some sites it picks up very fast, as those sites ‘train’ Google that they have good, frequent contents. One way to do this is to build links. Another is to generate social mentions. I teach this in the classes of course. What people don’t usually get is Google does not treat all sites the same; it pulls CNN by the minute, it might pull an average small business site every six months. You have to ‘train’ Google. It’s like a puppy.
CAT-Social Media, Reputation Management, Social Mentions, Link Building, Business, Reviews, Local SEO, Google+ Local, Google, Keywords, Small Business
Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.