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September 2022

The Google Helpful Content Update: What You Need to Know

Google’s at it again with a new update. This time, it’s content-related. The roll-out started last week and will take about two full weeks to complete. But in the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the helpful content update … and if you’ll penalized or not.

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Are You Targeting Keywords Within Your Blog Posts?

You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of targeting keywords with your blog posts. But why should you do that? And how exactly do you target keywords? Ahrefs breaks it down for you in their post.


Targeting the correcting keywords is critical to search engine optimization, but you must keep in mind the Google helpful update now more than ever. While this blog is a great guide on how to choose your keyword for your blog post, we still must take Google’s advice and be sure the content was created to please people — and not just the search engines.

Verland: Thank You To The Employees Whose Care Has Impacted So Many

As our client Verland embarked on their new branding project, they wanted to ensure that all of the new Verland family values directly align with their past, present and most importantly their future. Their Dedication to Employees value was created because they recognize that what truly sets them apart is all of their employees, the many unsung heroes who provide selfless, compassionate care. The employees at Verland are the heart of their community. Below is a video created by the Verland executive team to say thank you to all the amazing employees.

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Two Critical Success Components of Startups

There are many reasons why startups fail, and you’ve probably read a few listicles detailing 10 or 20 of them. But really, the truth is much simpler.

Nothing hurts more than seeing someone put a ton of work into their startup and fail. In my spare time, I mentor startup founders to help them get their footing, so I see firsthand why 90 percent of them fail.

Don’t get me wrong: few things are better than seeing a startup succeed. Founders put their hearts and souls into these passion projects because those projects represent dreams, ideas of a lifetime, or ways to self-guided success. When a startup succeeds, the euphoria is unlike anything else. But when it fails, the pain is palpable.

There are many reasons startups fail, and you’ve probably read a few listicles detailing 10 or 20. But in reality, the truth is much simpler. “Okay, Jeff. What should I avoid, and what will keep my business in the black?” There are two critical success components of any startup, and we’ll discuss both.


Buffalo Chicken Salad
Serves 4 | Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce or hot sauce

  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery

  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots

  • 1/3 cup plain sheep’s milk yogurt

  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 large cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded

  • Pink Himalayan salt

  1. Boil the chicken breast until cooked through.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sauce, dill, celery, carrots, yogurt, shallot and lemon juice. Mix until well combined. Add the chicken and fold until evenly distributed. Season with the salt.

  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
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