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Getting Your SEO Career Going By Establishing Credibility: Summary of Episode #71

Rich Tatum joins us to talk about something very important for your career… your reputation!

In this episode we cover:

  • How to build sustained credibility in the SEO sphere
  • How to leverage your SEO credibility to the benefit of your career
  • How being a specialist or generalist plays into your reputation within the SEO community

Plus, we go deep into what Google may have been looking for during the May 2020 Core Update. That’s right… site-level patterns from the core update!


Mordy Oberstein (Host)
Sapir Karabello (Co-Host)
Rich Tatum (Special Guest)


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Site Level Patterns from the May 2020 Core Update [00:10:03 – 00:24:10]

Mordy spent days diving into the May 2020 Core Update trying to find site-level patterns. As an introduction, and this applies to any update, there is not a single definitive pattern that defines the entire May 2020 Core Update. At the same time, this is Mordy’s best assessment of the patterns.

With that, let’s start off with the condensed version:

  1. Your main content should appear above the fold. Do not push the main informational content down with rows of boxes that push down your other pages, products, categories, etc.
  2. Do not push the main information content down below the fold with quasi-informational content so that your affiliate links are highly-visible to your audience as opposed to the main content.

We’re not going to go into how Mordy came to this so check the article out for the full study. As a point of methodology, it’s not always about the biggest winners and losers and the commonality between them. What Mordy did here was look at what pages Google was swapping out.

What Mordy saw were pages that had sets of boxes that appeared above the fold were often replaced with pages that went straight into the content. One example is a page that talked about the best credit cards and instead of getting right into it they had rows of boxes with a box for each kind of credit card (travel cards, student cards, etc.). The boxes were links that sent you to pages on a specific card type… and that was all you saw above the fold. The new pages didn’t do that, they just went right into the content itself.

Another example Mordy found were pages that offered affiliates lists without main content above the list. The lists would rattle off each loan/bank/etc., show some info with a nice image of the bank’s logo, and have a CTA to open an account with that bank via an affiliate link. Sites that pushed that list down and talked about what the best banks or credits are in more depth first did better during the update. Again, same as above, it was their main informational content that appeared first.

Think about it. The query best credit cards is an informational query. Does it make sense to start off with a commerce intent trying to get people to click your affiliate links? No. But it’s hard for these sites who need that affiliate revenue. Some of these pages actually have great content but all of that is so far down the page under the lists that promote the affiliates.

Mordy believes that if you have good content below your affiliate links, Google is saying: 1) That doesn’t align to user intent. 2) How reliable are you if you’re putting your revenue literally before the user’s actual interests?

Last point, and this is a bit anecdotal, commerce sites that have COVID-19 messaging on their shipping pages (not just on their homepages) did well relative to those who didn’t. Again, this is not coming from a look at a ton of sites, but it makes sense considering what we know about Google offering SMBs the ability to offer very detailed COVID-19 info in things like their Google My Business listing and Local Service Ads.

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How to Build Your SEO Credibility: A Conversation with Rich Tatum [00:24:10 – 01:08:35]

Mordy: Welcome to another In Search SEO podcast interview session. Today we have with us a podcaster, an SEO, and an education enthusiast. He’s currently the managing technical SEO for Rasmus. Please welcome Rich Tatum.


Outside of your technical SEO proficiencies, I saw you are an avid photographer.

Rich: I’ve been an avid lifelong photographer, especially since high school and it’s part of what changed my life. When I enrolled in my freshman year of high school, I came in having a little bit of art in my background and I wanted to take an art elective, but I grew up in a dysfunctional alcoholic family and you learn early on that there are some battles you just don’t fight. I wanted to take this art elective class, but I had to have my parents’ permission. So I came home with the little elective card, and my mom looked at it, and she said, ”Art? You can’t make any money drawing.” So I decided not to fight this battle and I didn’t take any electives for the first three years of my high school experience.

Come senior year, I’m 18, and I’ve got all of my required courses out of the way except for one and they said I had to be in class for at least three or four hours a day so I needed to take some electives. I said I can’t take electives because my parents won’t approve. They said you’re 18, you’re an adult. Take whatever electives you want. So I enrolled in what would have been called the Glee Club, the entertainers. I enrolled in Piano 1, Guitar 1, Art 1, Spanish, and Drama. That was my year of the arts.

My drawing teacher then came to me and she said, “I really liked your photography. Can I see some of your other photographs?” I said, “I don’t take other pictures. I don’t have a camera.” He said, “If I could loan you a camera from the school, would you enroll in my photography class?” I said sure. Free camera. I wound up spending three hours a day doing photography. My photography class, my free period, and my lunch period were in the darkroom every day. I read everything I could read about photography and I wound up doing advanced work for her advanced class. They offered me a letter in the arts just based on the strength of that year’s work. I was so insecure that I declined even being considered because I didn’t want the attention. It changed my life though because before that year I didn’t think of myself as artistic or creative but after that, I had so much more confidence in my ability to see the world in a different way and to capture it and to help others see what I’m seeing. I put in my Twitter bio that I’m a noticer of overlooked details and that’s part of what I do with my photography. I look for patterns, textures, perspectives, and things that people aren’t noticing and I try to notice them.

M: Is there a place where people can take a look and see what you’ve done?

R: Flickr and Instagram. I’m rich Tatum on Instagram as well and I try to post on Twitter when I can.

M: Awesome. You should follow Rich on Twitter for other reasons and we’ll get to that in a second.

I have to ask you this. It’s a funny thing because you have an artistic background and then you go into technical SEO. Sort of like a left-right brain thing going on there.

R: Well You should know a little bit about this yourself. You came out of education and then you went into content marketing, writing, and editing and now you’re the Chief Marketing Officer for an SEO software.

Life takes right-angle turns. I went to Bible college and went on to seminary and got half of a master’s degree because my intention was to go into church ministry but I had to have a job. When I went to graduate school, I thought I’ll go work at this place that was the headquarters for my denomination that was also associated with the theological school. I thought if I get a job there they’ll subsidize my education. I never really read the fine print which said you had to work full time and when you’re working full time, you can’t really get a master’s degree in your off-hours. It was very difficult and then in the middle of that I met the woman who eventually became my wife and you cannot earn a master’s degree and court a woman at the same time while you’re working full time.

M: Don’t try this at home.

R: No, it’s not wise. I was also doing other extracurricular things that were taking up time. So I flamed out, but I had a job. It just turned out I was interested in the internet. I’ve been publishing content online since the mid-90s. The way it happened is my first job in the office corporate environment was word processing where I listened to people drone on for pages while I transcribed their words, but I got really good at typing. Then I got really good at Word for Windows. And then I got really good at writing macros and doing things to become more efficient. Across the hall there was a position open at the help desk to do technical support which meant a raise and wouldn’t mean listening to people blather on about tax returns and transcribing stupid stuff. So I applied and they took a chance and hired me, they really liked me and moved me into desktop support. Now, while I’m in desktop support I started noticing things. I’ve been doing BBS (bulletin board systems) online and I’d started getting involved in a local internet user’s group which was based on Telnet at the time where you did dirty things like finger people and you pinged them. It was the Facebook equivalent of a poke.

M: Yeah, I think you might have to qualify that because it can mean a lot of different things.

R: Yeah, fingering was a protocol where you could check out the status of somebody and it was all text-based links and Gopher was the thing. So I was doing that in my off time and doing desktop support and I’m noticing all these modems were creeping into the business. People were bringing in their home modems, they were dialing into AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy in the office and it was driving our technical people crazy because they were downloading true type fonts that were infecting the computers with viruses. So I started keeping a log. I’d asked them, “Why do you need the modem here? Why do you need the internet?” Almost all of them had a work-related justification for why they brought their modem in from home. They had to do research. I kept this running list of work-related justification and after I had about three pages of people telling me why they needed internet access at their desktop, I went to the Chief Information Officer and I said, “Look, I know that this is a growing problem and it’s something we have to address to manage. We have a business case for the business to be online and to bring in a T-One to give access through the network.”

Fast forward, I didn’t hear anything. About three to six months later, the CIO came back to me and he said, “Hey, we’ve decided we’re going to put up a website. The executive office has determined we need an online presence.” That was how they said it. They didn’t know what that meant. They didn’t know what it was. He had taken out a two-letter domain name and they needed someone to be in charge of it and he said that I’m the only guy he knows in the company who has any interest in this. So I became the webmaster for everything digital, doing newsletters, doing web pages, handcrafting HTML with the artisanal forges of Notepad, and doing everything I could to just learn about all of this. I have old quotes and interactions, things that I’d contributed to Marketingsherpa way back in the day and that made the way for me. I’ve been doing stuff online with web developers and content publishers ever since just in various different capacities. I’m not a technician, I’m not technical. I’m not a database guy, and I’m not a programmer. I’m just somebody who knows how to leverage technology, to get the word out, to publish content, and to build a community.

M: Well, it definitely shows that’s one of the reasons you should follow Rich on Twitter because when you talk on Twitter you add a level of substance to any conversation that I find not just completely unique but absolutely rare in the world that’s regurgitating the same points over and over. And this all fits into what we’re going to talk about on how you build credibility within SEO.

R: I’m really flattered. I’m gratified you say that. I really appreciate that. I work at it. I try to make sense. I try to be approachable. I try to be sensible.

I mentioned my childhood and dysfunctional family. It probably goes back to having a dysfunctional alcoholic family where each of my parents would argue and I would have to find a way to find a point of agreement to survive. That survival mechanism means that I’m very frequently watching both sides of a debate and seeing things that I agree with in both positions and then I’ll try to round up the disparity or make an observation that clarifies or brings together the opposing points of view. That’s just part of my DNA now.

M: That’s interesting because come from a similar sort of background coming from one of these bitter divorce wars. Being stuck in the middle as a kid, I didn’t know who was right or wrong. I was five. You see both sides. You’re forced to have to recognize both sides and piss off the other side. I sort of do the same thing when I’m on Twitter like there’s a balance where I can see both sides and I understand where everybody’s coming from.

To bring that back to SEO a little bit. I’m wondering how does your ability to straddle both sides of the argument and be the peacemaker lead to your credibility within the SEO industry?

R: I don’t know that it lends to my credibility. I suspect sometimes it leaves people wondering if I even know what the heck I’m talking about because I might be talking out of both sides of my mouth. I’ve had arguments with people on Twitter and wondered if I was going to get blocked or if I should block somebody else because we were just so at odds with each other. It maybe lends to my credibility in that in order to provide that balance and that sort of irenic point of view you have to study both sides. You have to understand what the point people are trying to make actually is and if there’s evidence for it and if you don’t try to understand that then you can’t make the points. But when you finally do come in and say that you see Side A and Side B, but here’s point C, then you establish some credibility because clearly you’ve done your homework. So maybe that is a part of that process.

Being in the SEO community on Twitter is interesting because every community online can create a sort of filter bubble around itself. I really wasn’t involved in the online SEO sphere at all until about two years ago. I started intentionally getting involved in and watching it and clocking who the people were and who the players were. What’s interesting about it is that because I’ve been a part of photography I’ve followed online photographers, data visualization experts, a lot of authors and writers because I’ve done some of that. I’ve been involved in theology, God blogging, and evangelical circles so I follow some of them online.

What’s interesting about SEO is there’s always a debate. There’s always a, “It depends.” There’s always a lot of speculation about what might be the case because of the black boxes that are Google and Bing. All the different search engines, whether it’s Facebook and Twitter as search engines, are black boxes. There’s always people making pronouncements and statements stating what is the case and then others coming along and saying, “But anecdotally, I’ve experienced this…” and others coming along and saying, “Well, we’ve done the research and pulled 3 million websites so come check out our website in our tool and sign up for a lifetime subscription.” There’s all of this going back and forth. Some of it is emotional. Some of it gets done in the weeds in terms of personalities. There was the whole Oktoberfest thing that blew up last year. Sometimes that happens and I try to stay away from most of that. But there’s always something going on.

There’s not a lot of arguments in photography. There’s not a lot of arguments among writers about genres. It’s a clearly defined field. There’s just writers providing tips and perspectives. There are a lot of arguments among Christians in theology which is why I don’t really participate in that group because you only have so much emotional energy so you have to conserve it. But the SEO space is interesting because while there’s all this argumentation going on and perspective and debate, there’s data. People are sharing their experiences with data. That’s quantitative. That’s objective. And it’s fun to see how it evolves.

M: You say you got involved with this two years ago. What made you decide to become part of the SEO community or build up your SEO street cred, so to speak? Why is it worthwhile?

R: It was a survival pivot. Like I said, I’ve been working online since the mid 90s. I’ve been publishing content and working with teams that publish content, or marketing, or doing PR online building communities online for 25 years, but I’ve never thought of myself as any sort of specialist because I’ve been a generalist filling multiple roles and doing lots of different things. I’m in graphic design, podcasting, audio editing, video editing, marketing, PR, social media management, etc. There’s a lot of different roles that I’ve filled. As a generalist, I’ve always felt like I brought a lot of value to any company that I’ve worked for at least I felt that way.

I was working for a company a couple of years ago that got acquired by a much larger company. We went from a team of 10 co-workers to a team of 300 and suddenly I didn’t stand out. I wasn’t an equal contributor to the conversation in meetings anymore. I was a remote worker, I work at home in my basement, and all of our team was remote, but all of the team at the new company weren’t remote. They all had worked at headquarters. And I thought I’m just another line item on a spreadsheet with a really big dollar sign attached to it and an accountant is going to go down to this and ask, “Who’s this Rich Tatum? I don’t know him, What’s he done for us lately? He’s just a big fat paycheck at the end of the day. We don’t know him so let’s cut him.” I didn’t want that to happen and I know it’s less likely to happen if they know who you are and what value you bring.

So when that acquisition happened, it was coming up in the fall of Christmas 2018, I thought I’m not a specialist and companies hire specialists. If I lose my job, I don’t want to be that guy who used to do websites and is now greeting people at the theater. I need to find a place to land, but what’s my specialty? So I went through another round of soul searching and to figure out what it is that I do. What can I say that I specialize in? I’m not a programmer. I can’t just pick up programming and learn it overnight. As I reflected on it, it dawned or settled on me that the SEO industry is probably the best niche and the best fit for me because it is a surprisingly big tent. There are a lot of people who come into SEO from really bizarre backgrounds. I mean, you’ve got Brittany Muller who was a snowboard instructor. You’ve got people who were circus performers.

M: I was talking to Cass Downton and she was a microbiologist.

R: And Marie Haynes was a veterinarian. It’s a huge tent. So is there a place for someone like me who was trained for church ministry and preaching to do SEO? Well, yeah.

M: Preaching is perfect for SEO.

R: If a veterinarian can do it, if a circus performer can do it, if a snow ski instructor can do it, why can’t I?

So the tent is big and it’s also such a large field for leveraging your different skill sets. So if you are a generalist in the SEO field, you actually have an advantage because you can bring to the table discussions about editing or copywriting or copyediting as an SEO factor. You can bring technical expertise for optimizing pages for speed and web servers. You can bring in big data analytics and data visualization to tell the story, to build dashboards, and to help executives and decision-makers know what’s going on. Every app aspect of my professional career can be leveraged in SEO to add value to whatever it is I’m doing.

I realized that SEO is probably where I needed to land. But then I thought, but I have no history. I’ve never held the title SEO, technical or otherwise. What do I do? Well, I just figured the best place to start is to start interacting online and to start having conversations around it and get recognition. I adapted a trick that I learned when I was in PR and that is to build a curated Twitter list of the influencers that I wanted to notice and be noticed by and build conversation and dialogue with because it’s not that the influencers were going to give me a job, but it’s because If I had a relationship with them, if I had some sort of recognition and dialogue with them, that has a transfer effect in my perceived value to the organization. If I’m having conversations with people who are doing SEO at a high level and are thought leaders in the field, then I’m not just a schlub sitting around saying that he does SEO, I’m interacting with the ideas and the people who are making those things happen. So that adds to my value.

M: That access is very important.

R: It is. I’ve gotten questions asked that I didn’t know how to find the answers to because I was able to ask people in a private message and they were happy to because they knew who I was and appreciated my interactions and it wasn’t just all about me.

So that was the first step. Take this hack that I learned from PR to build a curated list of the thought leaders and I actually wound up building three lists. One list of the cream of the crop, the people that I really want to follow closely, engage with the conversations with them as much as possible, and pay attention to where they see the industry going because they’re the thought leaders. It’s the 1% rule. The 1% rule is the old adage. In any online community 9-10% of the people will maybe edit and and interact around content, but only 1% create. So who are the one-percenters in the SEO community? What are they paying attention to? That’s where I need to focus. So that’s one of my lists. Then another list is just everybody I run across on Twitter who has SEO in their bio, they tweet about SEO, and they do SEO for a living. If I find them and it looks like their Twitter feed has anything to do with marketing or SEO I’ll add them to my SEO experts list and I’ll just monitor that and see where things are going there. Then I’ve got the SEO brands, of course, like Rank Ranger.

M: Thanks for the plug.

R: So I’ll add Rank Ranger to both the experts and the brands list and then I just go into Twitter and follow the list. I don’t have to follow the people on the list. I only follow very few people because those are the tweets that I want to see show up in my feed. Those are the tweets that maybe I want to get notified about. But when I want to sit down and intentionally catch up on what’s going on today in SEO, I’ll open up TweetDeck, I’ll look at the list, and I’ll exclude retweets (because that’s just a lot of noise) and I just look at what people are tweeting.

There’s a very, very tiny handful of people that I’ll have Twitter notify me every time they tweet. Very often, those people are involved in a lot of different discussions and I love discussions. I want to get involved in discussions and participate because that’s where the really interesting stuff bubbles up and the perspectives bubble up that you wouldn’t encounter otherwise.

If I’m just looking at people tweeting the blog post that they found or Rusty Brick’s latest search engine roundup of the latest blogs, I’m just seeing publications. I’m not seeing the interaction. I’m not seeing the community. I’m not seeing engagement. What I want to see people saying, “Hey, I’ve seen this bug, has anyone else seen this?” Or, “Has anyone noticed this in the search results?” Or, “What’s up with Google Search Console today?” Or, “Has anyone seen what just happened with Bing who just added this thing to their web tools. Those are things you don’t necessarily see in publications but that’s what I have an RSS feed reader for.

So that’s what I first did. I think it was the right strategy and the right approach. I started doing that in 2018. What it led to was, in 2018, the company that I worked for, in the leadership basically said, “You’re our top SEO expert.” The reason they did that is because every time I went to Twitter, I’d find something that our team needs to know about right away so I’d go on to our Slack channel and I’d share it. I might add a comment or two about why I’m sharing it and why it’s important or it’s context for us to pay attention to this thing. And just by virtue of sharing it, I became a one-percenter to them. I became their thought leader in SEO not because I was suddenly an expert but because I was paying attention. I was doing something that they couldn’t.

M: I love that by the way. I love that you’re leveraging your interactions and your knowledge of what’s happening in the SEO world for your personal career. That’s amazing.

R: Yeah, and I’m sharing. I’m not just hoarding and keeping it to myself.

M: I won’t judge you. I would probably praise you for doing this. If you’re wondering whether or not to share something, would you share it if it’ll make you look more authoritative or are you a purist?

R: Am I thinking about my personal brand when I hear something? Do I run it through my brand filter to figure out if this is worth sharing or not?

M: Yes. Come on. You can admit it.

R: I share what excites me. I share what I’m interested in. Does that wind up reflecting a brand? Yeah, everything you do reflects who you are. It’s like Dan Pink says. We’re all salesmen, we all have to persuade people. At the end of the day, if you’re going to persuade and sell people it has to come from someplace and if you’re consistent and have integrity then yeah, your brand surfaces. Now, am I intentional about my brand? Well, there are times I think maybe I need to shorten my bio, update my bio, or put something in my bio that reflects what I’m doing. That’s a brand decision. Keeping my avatar consistent across platforms so that people will recognize me and know who I am is a brand decision. But when it comes to the content I share, no, I don’t spend any time thinking about finding things that are on brand today and share it. I’ll share stuff like my photos of my kids. Maybe that’s on brand but I’ll also share stupid things that I said or stupid things that I did or mistakes that I’ve made and maybe that’s not on brand.

M: You’re a person who can see both sides of the perspective and you’re very focused interacting with the community. You’ve got to end up where you’re sort of in a pickle at some point where it’s not going the way you thought this exists. How did we get here?

R: Kosher pickle or dill.

M: I’m Jewish so kosher pickle.

R: I don’t think I’ve found myself in a pickle yet.

M: That’s good.

R: I’m quick to admit when I’m at fault. If it becomes clear to me that I’m at fault then I will admit it. One of my friends on Twitter yesterday posted an image he created that was a written out apology to one of the other SEO influencers in the space and it hurt him to do it but he did it and I retweeted it and he’s like, ”Curses on you for retweeting that!” I admire that and if I admire it in others, I want to see it in myself. So I haven’t seen myself get into a pickle yet, but if I did, oh my gosh, I’d apologize as quickly as I could and I try to backtrack and learn from it. To me, the only way to deal with it is not to delete the tweet, but to apologize and to demonstrate that you’ve learned to grow and move forward. Now maybe deleting the tweet is a good professional career move, hide the evidence…

M: It’s there anyway, just leave it.

R: Yeah. The cover-up is what highlights the crime. Maybe I’ve just been really judicious about the fights that I’ve gotten into and things that I’ve stayed away from. I’ve waded into some of the discussions about the Oktoberfest thing and there was somebody who had made a dad joke and referenced Nazis and I waded into that and I thought very carefully about it. I thought I had something that I wanted to say. I had a question I wanted to ask, but I didn’t want to get sucked into something that is very emotional and isn’t my story to tell. But I went ahead and I asked the question and the response was very gracious. The response was, “No, I didn’t intend for that. What you’re asking is not what I intended to communicate” and it brought clarity to it. I was so glad because I thought this is a question that I feel needs to be asked but it’s a very difficult circumstance and there’s a lot of emotions. And it wasn’t a brand decision. I had a question that I thought was really important because it’s for the well being of the people that are involved in the discussion. The answer to this question has a long-lasting impact, it has a career professional impact. So I asked it and I’m glad I did. But if it had backfired I probably would have regretted asking the question, but I’m glad it didn’t.

M: Well, I’m glad for you that it didn’t backfire. Also, I think it’s something that people don’t really appreciate enough for the fact that you do have an awareness of yourself and your circumstance. I’ll say, personally speaking, I have a wild sense of humor, which doesn’t translate to writing 280 characters well because you can completely misinterpret what I’m saying. Something I might say verbally which you would totally get what I’m saying as you’ll know the tone you may not get on Twitter and I have to be very clear about what I say and how I say it. It doesn’t mean that I’m trying to build the Mordy brand per se. It just means I don’t want to be a jerk and I need to be aware of that.

R: Yeah, you just want to act from a place of integrity where you are being consistent and whole and not a hypocrite.

M: And backhandedly that does build the personal brand, so to speak. If you want to have credibility, you need to be a stable persona when you interact online. It’s like anything else. Stability breeds credibility.

R: It’s like everybody’s mother always tells their children: The less you lie, the less you have to remember. This kind of strategy of brand building is really a form of lying. It’s presenting a manufactured artificial face to the world for the purposes of selling something or leveraging something or stopping something. Then you have to constantly keep in mind which spinning plate am I adding momentum to today. If you’re just acting out of integrity with consistency, with your passion, you don’t have to worry about all that.

M: I want to ask before we get to our fun little bit, if you had to break down into its simplest, most refined parts, building credibility entering the SEO community. Again, breaking it down to what that looks like, building that credibility, getting access to the community. What is that? How do you build that? How do you gain that access? How do you build that authority? How do you build that credibility?

R: I have four words for you. The first is listen. You can’t have any credibility without listening. If you’re not listening no one will ever believe you because you can’t respond to the questions that are actually on the table. That’s the starting point.

The other three words relate to SEO, which are the E-A-T, expertise, authoritativeness, and trust. All this goes back to something written by Aristotle. In the Art of Rhetoric, there are three main things that must be present in order to persuade and those things are the logos, the pathos, and the ethos and that’s all wrapped up in E-A-T. Logos is the content, pathos is appealing to emotion, and the ethos is answering the question right up front of why you should listen to me. That as much to do with integrity and being consistent as it does with being professionally competent and qualified and having a certificate. I think if people sense that you’re coming to the table with honesty you can be part of the discussion. Even if you’re honest about being an idiot and not being informed, that kind of honesty still gives you a place at the table when you have a question.

Optimize It or Disavow It

M: If you had to do one over the other… would you share half-assed ideas about SEO or act like a jerkface when interacting with the search community?

R: I would promote the half-baked ideas all day long because that gives me the opportunity to learn because guys like you and Bill Slawski will be the first ones to jump in the Twitter thread to say, “Well, actually, what you need to know is this…” and that will improve my knowledge. At the end of the day, if I’m half-baked and half-assed, as long as I’m consistent with my approach to things I’ll learn, I’ll get better, and it won’t be the same next year. But if I’m a jerk that feels more like a chronic permanent condition that can’t be changed.

M: Thank you, Rich. I really appreciate you coming on.

R: I’m grateful for the interview. This was a lot of fun.

SEO News [01:09:47 – 01:13:37]

Google To Prioritize COVID-19 Google Posts: Heads up, if you use the COVID-19 Google Posts, Google may prioritize it at the expense of your normal posts.

Google’s Testing Curbside Pickup Labels: It’s official. Google is testing showing if a business offers curbside pickup within product carousels.

Marking Your Listing ‘TemporarilyClosed’ Has Side Effects: Another heads up for you, if you mark your listing as temporarily closed within Google My Business, the links to your site and call button within the Local Panel will not appear.

Google Shopping Adding Paypal Integration: Google Shopping is now allowing for a PayPal integration which will expedite the onboarding of new products to Google properties.

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