San Diego’s Preferred Businesses – Top 20 List

    San Diego’s Preferred Businesses – Top 20 List

    If you’re looking for some of San Diego’s preferred businesses look no further.

    These San Diego businesses are trustworthy and I know each and every one of them, making them who I consider high quality and trusted contacts.

    They not only excel in their field, these business owners in this list know how to treat their customers like friends and family.

    They succeed because they go the extra mile for you and provide the most in demand services in San Diego.

    I’ll be including a special story about each San Diego business owner listed below. I’ll also be continuously adding to this post!

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    Residential Wholesale Mortgage
    Ed Badrak | Mortgage Banker
    (619) 857-4422

    San Diego's favorite mortgage bankerEd Badrak works the hardest and is known for “going to bat and fight” for his clients. If you’re retired and looking to refinance your home in San Diego, Ed Badrak is hands down the the right choice to make when selecting a broker. If a mortgage broker is telling you there’s no way you’ll quality, don’t lose hope. Give Ed a call! Awesome fact about Ed, he’s a Vietnam Veteran – Thank you for your service Ed!  San Diego’s favorite mortgage banker – learn more about Ed.


     Jim Ouellette | Managed IT Service Provider
    (619) 325-0990

    San Diego managed it servicesJim Ouellette and his team at Hyphenet feel like a part of your own team. They do not just respond to IT requests, they call just to check in on how things are going. It’s their priority to deliver great technology solutions that are custom tailored to your business needs. They even take the time and great attention to detail to talk through alternatives to ensure you end up exactly what you’re looking for in terms of cost and value. They care about their customers. coworkers and community members. Learn more about Hyphenet’s San Diego Managed IT Services.


    More businesses coming soon!

    How to Rank Higher on Google Maps

    How to Rank Higher on Google Maps


    Today I’m sharing the big secret how to easily rank higher on Google Maps. 

    BTW -This is also a hack how to rank first page of Google! 

    If you have a physical business address, you have a an awesome advantage to show up in the local Google map listing.

    And you know Google maps is located on the first page of Google.

    Not only will this get you on the first page of Google…

    how to rank higher in google maps

    It gets even better…

    You can rank in the top listings above the fold. (basically right under the paid Google AdWords!)

    How AMAZING is that? It’s true.

    You’re welcome, you can give me a high-five later! This should only take you about ten minutes assuming you already have a Google business listed and verified.

    Don’t worry, everything is covered below:

    This is a major advantage if you’ve been trying to organically rank your website on the first page of Google with no luck.

    Related Post: How to Rank Higher in Yelp

    I was finally able to rank a very saturated and competitive phrase in Google Maps in less than an hour.

    Keep in mind I had been trying to beat local organic search results for over year. So, instead of ranking the website down below on the first page, I was able to “beat the system” and rank the business #2 in Google maps! This is an amazing accomplishment because Google search only lists the top 3 Google map results. The order of Google’s first page is: (usually) Four Google ad listings, Three Google Map listings, ten organic Google search results, and finally Three Google ad listings on the bottom. It’s a lot of competition to get on Google’s first page, holy smokes!

    how to rank higher in google maps

    how to rank higher in google maps – Here’s my proof

    Alright! Let’s get started!

    How to Rank Higher in Google Maps

    Step 1: Verify your Google Listing

    Hopefully you’ve already claimed your Google+ listing and verified it with Google sending you a postcard in the mail and you entered the verification code. It’s easy. Just do it already…

    Step 2: Select the Right Keyword

    google map rankings

    This is crucial. This is the title that appears in the search listing. People tend to search for the service they need + the city they live.

    For example: I added my target keywords to the company listed as Hyphenet.

    Hyphenet – San Diego Managed IT Services and IT Support
    This step is the secret sauce that ranked me fastest. However, this step only works when you make sure all your other information below is correct:

    Step 3: Complete your business details

    • Enter your business hours
    • Make sure your website is listed
    • Make sure your correct address is listed
    • Make sure you’re using a phone number with a local area code
    • Make sure you’re listed in the correct category. For example, Hyphenet is listed as “Computer support and services.”

    Step 4: Keyword rich reviews

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    You’ll want to ask your customers for a Google review. Ideally upon completion of services you provide; be sure to give your customer a “customer satisfaction survey.” It can be as simple as checking a box with the service you completed and mention you’d appreciate valuable feedback on their choice of Google or Yelp. Your form might say, Mention the service we provided + your experience working with (your company). This helps guide the customer to using your keywords in their review. You want your customers to mention your services. This helps add valuable keywords to the search results.

    Step 5: Add useful images

    Customers appreciate seeing useful photos such as:

    • Photo of the front of the building
    • Photo that show where they can park
    • Photo of inside of office
    • Photo of products
    • Logo
    • Extra credit – photo of employees

    Step 6: Embed the Google Map on your website’s home page

    put google maps in website

    This adds a backlink to google maps and confirms your listing is accurate and useful on your website.

    Thank you for reading.


    Please leave any questions in the comments below.

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    Local SEO Case Study 1

    Local SEO Case Study 1

    Local SEO Case Study for Meal Delivery service in San Diego

    Currently working on a web project for a San Diego meal delivery company called Smart Nutrition.

    Here you’ll learn some valuable SEO tips that work with proof.


    Second, not only does this blog post help rank the website Smart Nutrition Life .com, it also helps adding a juicy backlink to the website using the desired keywords “San Diego meal delivery company.” Also using a variation like, “meal delivery San Diego.” Even “meal prep San Diego.” These are the top keywords a potential user will type to organically find this new local healthy meal delivery website.

    You want backlinks using a variety of keywords.

    It’s a challenge ranking a new website with little content – but here’s how!:

    The cons: The domain is brand new as well as the website. Meaning there’s NO backlinks from any websites. Not to mention the meal delivery business is very saturated in San Diego. There is no blog that has fresh content added regularly. Along with very little website content.

    The pros: I’ve started from scratch designing and developing the website with SEO. Making sure to optimize the image file sizes, add alt and title tags; even naming images with keywords. I’ve also managed to get the website to rank on the second page so far. Last month it was on the seventh page of google search results.

    How I started the SEO from scratch

    1. wordpress platform
    2. divi theme from elegant themes
    3. responsive mobile friendly benefits
    4. https:// encryption for an online store
    5. optimize images / alt / title / image name
    6. every product page has long tail keywords in the url and or the meta title / meta description for example “picadillo San Diego. (ranks pg 1)
    7. WooCommerce plugin -ecommerce – easy to add SEO
    8. Using the Yoast SEO plugin as mentioned below


    Want to know the one little change I made to get the website to jump from the seventh page to the second?

    All I did was place the top keywords in my Meta Title! What? Yes!!!!! Here’s how:

    You can easily do this by installing the Yoast SEO plug-in in WordPress.

    (Get the free Yoast SEO plugin here!)

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    See the proof:

    1. Go to smart nutrition life .com
    2. Look in the top title bar
    3. I also included this in the meta description, go to google
    4. Type in “San Diego meal delivery”
    5. It’s ranking on the second page, view the title and meta description

    San Diego meal delivery



    This one little change will usually help any blog post or web page you want to rank higher! Unfortunately for me, there’s so much competition in this meal prep/ meal delivery services industry in San Diego. It seems like everyone and their mom is into selling meal services online.

    Luckily, we’re utilizing WooCommece. It’s pretty user friendly right out the box. However there’s some non user friendly elements like the checkout process I wish WooCommerce would improve in the next update.

    I’m going to continue to update this blog post with white hat SEO improvements I made to the website. Stay tuned.

    Please subscribe to receive these easy SEO updates you can do to your website!

    I’ve been handling the SEO and design for the website so far with the Smart Nutrition Life team.

    food photography


    The website:

    Platform: WordPress

    Ecommerce: Woocommerce

    Plug-ins: Lots of premium plug-ins and a few free plug-ins

    It’s a work in progress. However, I’m looking forward to optimizing the SEO for this woocommerce website.

    I recently enjoyed photoshopping some of the photos of food. Sharpening the photos and saturating some of the colors. I also loved placing the plate on a trendy dark wooden background. The photo on the home page was photographed by an amateur photographer and I just sharpened the image and bam! Looks delicious right?


    Complete with a custom mobile friendly menu.San Diego meal delivery

    Lots of customizing the theme’s functions.php

    I look forward to sharing this project’s status with you.

    Please feel free to ask me any questions.




    Top 10 Snapchat Facts Marketers Need to Know Starting 2017

    Top 10 Snapchat Facts Marketers Need to Know Starting 2017

    2017 is upon us, and looking at the final Snapchat stats for 2016 blow my mind!

    If you’re a Marketer, you’ll want to learn these new Snapchat facts for 2017.

    This data will amaze you.

    snapchat facts 2017

    You’ll want to encourage your social media clients to “get with the times” and start using snapchat or start advertising on snapchat. (known as Snapads)

    Snapchat – Never before have we seen such unprecedented social media dominance.

    If you’re an advertiser, I have the updated snapchat facts you need in order to convince your clients to leverage snapchat.

    Why You're NOT Getting Traffic from Google

    150 million people use snapchat everyday!

    Why? What’s the secret to snapchat’s success?

    These elements empower Snapchat’s huge growth.

    Here’s the Top 10 Snapchat Facts Marketers Need to Know Starting 2017

    #1 Over 100 Million people use snapchat everyday


    #2 Snapchat’s Video Views Are Now Greater Than Facebook’s


    #3 Over 1 Billion snaps are created everyday


    #4 60% Of All Smartphone Users Are Now On Snapchat

    (Fox News)

    Why? When asked, simply because it’s fun and they can express themselves.


    #5 Over 10 Billion video views every day on Snapchat


    #6 Snapchatters spend on average 25-30 minutes using Snapchat

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    #7 60% of Snapchat users are between the ages of 18 and 34 (Fox News)

    Related: Snapchat Advertising Success Stories

    #8 Snapchat is currently worth $25 Billion (Bloomberg 10/7/2016)


    #9 Snapchat stories became so popular, Snapchat released Discover in January 2016


    To help publishers reach their audience with their own video editorial.

    #10 More people watch Snapchat covered events on Snapchat such as College Football or the MTV video music awards than on television

    Related: Design Snapchat Geofilters for your Community

    #11 Nearly twice as many 18-24 year olds watched coverage of the first GOP Debate on Snapchat than watch the debate on TV


    #12 On ANY given day, Snapchat reaches 41% of 18-34 year olds in the U.S.

    In comparison, the average U.S. TV network ONLY reaches about 6% of the SAME demographic

     Related: Design Snapchat Geofilters for your Business or Event

    Ready to advertise on Snapchat? – Get Snapads

    Snapchat Advertising Data 2016

    Get started advertising on Snapchat! —->

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    #13 SNAPADS 5x Higher than Average Click-Thru Rate than other Social Media Sites!

    And snapchat also does the advertising. Great results for advertisers. Snap ads is a unique combination of branded video advertising and direct response.

    What’s a snap ad? It’s a full screen ad on Snapchat that allows Snap chatters to swipe up and interact with these ads and advertiser’s website.

    Advertisers have a creative opportunity.

    Gatorade produced a lens that produced 165 million views.

    What are Snapchat lenses? They’re the fun video filters you can add to your story.


    #14 22% of ad execs plan to advertise on Snapchat in 2016

    (Fox News)

     Related: Top 10 Instagram Facts Marketers Need to Know

    #15 Revenue target of $300 million in 2016



    Thanks for reading the Top 10 Snapchat Facts 2017.