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Travis Van Slooten
Works at TVS Internet Marketing, LLC.
Attended Augsburg College
Lives in Minneapolis, MN
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This is a social network I have completely neglected. Maybe I should start spending more time on LinkedIn. Do any of you SEO consultants use LinkedIn with any success?
LinkedIn has a new set of tools that let brands measure the effectiveness of their content marketing and find new ways to improve it.
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I must admit that I have neglected it as well. Would love to hear what others' experiences have been.
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I look out my window on April 16th and the snow is coming down hard and we have about 4 inches of snow and counting. The forecast for next week? 70's! Only in Minnesota. Why do I live here again??
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Needs some stats to back up some of your blog posts or sales/marketing materials? This is a must read for you then!
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A great slide show on how ANY small business owner can master the fundamentals of local search. If you can apply this stuff, you'll be 90% there!
 
Fantastic talk by +Darren Shaw:
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Good find by Mark. As I mentioned in reply to his post, I wish Google would provide some guidelines for service-based businesses as these guidelines seem to only pertain to bricks and mortar businesses.
 
Google just added some great info on building websites for local businesses!
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Another gem from Patel on how you can drive more traffic to your website via content marketing.
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I am LOVING my premium subscription to MLB.TV. What took me so long to discover this?
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Good stuff about Schema markup for business hours, telephone numbers, etc.
Darren Shaw originally shared to Local Search (TOP NEWS ★):
 
This is an important development for local search. Mark up all the things!

+Carrie Hill did you hear about this already?
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Another great video by Derek Halpern on how to screw up in sales. This is a good lesson for any small business person or sales rep!
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Great share Travis - really good info.
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The Onion always cracks me up. This one is for you doctors out there that need better reviews on Yelp (or any directory for that matter).
 
Here's yet another way to improve Yelp reviews - this one's for doctors...#Satire 
REDDING, CA—Noting that his practice’s rating on the business review website had dipped to just 3.5 stars, local primary care provider Dr.
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Local SEO Consultant
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Local SEO, Google+ Local Optimization, Pay-Per-Click (PPC)
Employment
  • TVS Internet Marketing, LLC.
    Local SEO Consultant, 2005 - present
  • NorthStar SEO, LLC.
    Managing Partner, 2011 - 2012
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Minneapolis, MN
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Redwood Falls, MN - Sioux Falls, SD
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Local SEO Consultant and Founder of TVS Internet Marketing, LLC.
Introduction
I've been a full-time Internet Marketer since 2005. I got my start with affiliate marketing but today I help small businesses generate more business online as a local SEO consultant.

I achieve positive results for my clients through Google+ Local optimization, local SEO, and PPC.

If you want your website to generate more business for you, I can help!
Education
  • Augsburg College
  • Normandale Community College
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I had a couple pairs of Birkenstock sandals that were completely worn out. I was about to throw them away when someone told me they could be repaired. I took my sandals in and they said they could resole them and make them like brand new. I was a bit skeptical but figured what the heck. I was going to throw them out anyway. When I went to pick them up, I was shocked. They looked like brand new sandals out of the box! Great work!! The staff I dealt with was also great. For those that are curious, they charge $75 to have a pair of Birks resoled and recorked so I dropped $150. That may seem high but the sandals I have are $100 - $110 new (per pair) so I saved $50+ having them resoled/recorked and they literally look brand new. You would never be able to tell the difference because they use original Birk soles and corkbed as they are an authorized Birkenstock repair shop.
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My family and I have been coming here since we moved to Blaine in 2006. I've been blessed with good teeth so thankfully the extent of my experience with dentists as an adult has been just regular teeth cleaning every 6 months. Because my "dental needs" are pretty basic, and because I'm a creature of habit, I've continued to come to this clinic out of habit but not anymore. While the dentists here are terrific (very nice and very professional), they have a hygienist here that is just awful. And even though I specify I don't want her when I make my appointments, I always get stuck with her. I call her the interrogator. As another reviewer here mentioned, she will interrogate you and make you feel like an idiot. She'll lecture you on drinking pop, not brushing enough (or brushing too hard), not flossing enough, and on and on. And on top of it, she's an aggressive cleaner so your gums are throbbing after a cleaning with her. She's horrible. If you're lucky enough to get another hygienist, they are o.k. but they aren't overly friendly. But what has finally pushed me over the edge to leave and go to another dentist is that after going here every 6 months for 8 years, not one person on the staff - including the dentists - knows who I am. Every time I go in, I'm treated like a new patient. They ask me the same questions, lecture me on the same issues and on and on. If my name wasn't in their computer file, they would have no clue who I was. If you're wondering why I would put up with this place for so long, it's because of my family. I really didn't want to go to a different dentist than my wife and kids. They seem to think the place is just fine and my wife doesn't think it's a big deal that nobody knows who we are after being patients there for 8 years. As I have discovered, there are far better dental clinics in Blaine. This place is average at best.
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This is my go-to-place with the kids during the Christmas break (yes, I said it...CHRISTMAS...not winter break). Compared to the old-school bowling alleys I played at when I was a kid (think small, smokey, dirty holes in the wall), this place is like Disney Land. It's large, smells relatively clean, there is tons to do besides bowl, and it doesn't feel like a typical bowling alley at all. Personally, I prefer the old school bowling alleys but not with my kids. This place is perfect for kids and families. My only gripe is that it's a bit spendy (for 3 people to bowl for an hour with shoe rentals is about $40) and you get hounded constantly by the wait staff for food and drinks while you're bowling. I know they're only trying to make a buck, but how many times do I have to say I don't need anything? And being the old school guy that I am, I don't think you need a wait staff at a bowling alley. If I need something, I'll get it myself, but I digress. Long story short, kids love this place and as a parent I have a good time as well. Just be prepared to spend some money.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
I purchased a zero turn lawn mower here and since I don't own a truck and don't know anything about maintaining riding lawn mowers, I have counted on these guys to take care of my machine every season. The customer service here is hit and miss. The few times I have been to the store, the people haven't exactly been happy or overly friendly. They haven't been bad either - just not enthusiastic or "happy" to help out. The last time I went in there not one single person said hi or asked me if I needed help. And it was odd too because I was the only one in the store! When I call them to schedule a pick up of my mower, they are always "happy" and friendly. And the guy who picks up my mower and drops it off is super friendly. So overall I give their customer service an average rating. The prices on their machines are typical retail (don't expect to get a screaming deal on anything) and their service prices are a bit on the high side in my opinion. To be fair, however, I haven't shopped around on the service side of things so for all I know their service prices could be totally fair and "standard." For example, they charge $200 for a riding lawn mower tune up - plus a trip charge if they have to come pick it up and drop it off. So you tell me...is that high, low, or typical???
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If it were up to me, I would give this place a one star but because my kids LOVE this place (and so does my wife), I'll give it 3 stars. So why am I so down on this place? Well for one, it's expensive. It's just yogurt we're talking here but by the time you get done you're spending $5 - $6 per bowl of yogurt. I can get a hot fudge sundae at McDonalds for a buck:) The yogurt selection is also very limited. When I was in there last with my kids a few weeks ago I don't even recall seeing basic vanilla. But what really freaks me out about this place is the ingredients in the yogurt. Their yogurt is apparently made out of vegetables and other healthy stuff. Yuck. If I want that stuff I'll just eat vegetables. I don't want them in my DESSERT! I'll admit you don't taste them but it just creeps me out knowing this "treat" is made of vegetables and other healthy stuff. When I eat yogurt or ice cream I want dairy and fat, thank you very much. At any rate, my kids love this place so if they're happy, I'm happy so I'll give it a 3 star rating.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
I'm probably leaving this review a bit prematurely as I just signed up with these guys a couple weeks ago to host my sites. I have been a long-time customer of Host Gator (9+ years) and am making a switch because Host Gator is going down the tubes. Wired Tree has been incredible so far. I send them a support ticket and they respond usually within 15 minutes - and often times much quicker than that. It's crazy. And I'll admit I'm an idiot when it comes to web servers and all this hosting stuff but these guys never made me feel stupid and took care of every request I sent them - and I sent them a lot. So far, I'm thoroughly impressed. I'll update this review down the road once I have most of my sites moved over. The true test will be how well my sites perform. I moved to Wired Tree so my sites would be faster and more secure. We shall see if that happens.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
I've been to this Smashburger location a few times in the past 6 months or so and the cheeseburgers have been awesome - except this last time. My burger was dried out a little and so was the bun. And the fries, which are usually awesome, weren't that great either. I'm still not knocking this place, though, because this was just one "off day" experience. Usually the cheeseburgers melt in your mouth and the fries are awesome. The malts, as always, are delicious. The staff is always friendly and the service is great.I'll definitely come back here again.
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