How to Setup Enhanced Link Attribution on my Site: What Google Doesn’t Tell You

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One of the best parts of Google’s In-Page Analytics plugin? The click data, showing you what percentage of page visitors clicked on each link. Crazy actionable for seeing what’s working and what’s not in your page structure. One of the worst parts of Google’s In-Page Analytics plugin? The click data groups all links on a […]

How to make the most of Google Posts

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Want to be able to post messages to potential customers for them to see as soon as they search for your business in Google? Your opportunity has arrived. Google Posts is here. What are Google Posts? Google Posts are short posts that you create in your Google My Business dashboard. They can include up to […]

What Makes a Website Rank in 2017? SEMRush Tells All

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Ranking first in the search engine results is like winning an Olympic gold medal. If you want to win an Olympic gold medal, it’s not enough to put in lots of effort at your chosen sport. It’s not enough to plug away at practice for hours, eat right and get plenty of sleep. What’s going […]

If You’re Not Creating Video, Here’s How (and Why) to Start

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It’s midnight and you’re internet surfing. How likely is it that you’ll be watching a video – or two? You’re thinking about buying a blender off eBay. Two listings are very similar – except one has a video of the blender being used, and one only has photos. How likely is it that you’ll buy […]

Flagstone Search Marketing Founder Contributes Article To Forbes

Flagstone Search Marketing, LLC, a business in Birmingham, AL, is proud to announce that owner and founder Carlton R. Smith, has recently contributed an article to, which is titled ‘How to Pay to Play if You Want to Win Local Search Results’. Smith is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, which is an […]

How to Make Sales Directly From Google’s Search Results

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Google is getting better at answering our questions right in the search results. Google is predicting what we’re going to need  before we even ask. Reaching and selling to customers is going to get trickier and trickier. What’s a business to do? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em If someone can beat Google, it […]

How to Future-Proof Your Business SEO for a Future With No SERP

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Last updated on May 12, 2017 It’s 2019. Where is your business in the search results? Ranking in first position? Second? Third? Or are there no longer search results? The Google Crystal Ball Google has been trying to predict searchers’ and consumers’ needs since 2004, when they first introduced Google Autocomplete (the function that proposes […]

Carlton Smith From Flagstone Search Marketing Is Focus Of Feature Article

Carlton R. Smith, founder of Flagstone Search Marketing, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, has recently been the focus of a feature article, which was published in the Birmingham Business Journal. The article, titled “How A Birmingham Exec Carved Out A Niche In The Search Engine Optimization World,” focuses on how Carlton helps companies get their businesses […]

The top 47 free local search directories

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Local SEO is not only budget-friendly for a small business, but it offers the opportunity to connect with the most relevant customers. It is possible to achieve great local search rankings without a large SEO outlay. Whether you hire an SEO company or do it yourself, you must invest the time. Local business listings, when […]