Mike Blumenthal’s When Will Google Places Fix Reviews? hit a nerve, as I imagine it would for any business that relies on Google Places as an important part of its presence on the Web. I spend a lot of time sending emails to Mike and other Local SEO’s that go something like this “Have you noticed [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Google Local Business Center'
December 20th, 2010 · 19 Comments
November 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments
Google Places has updated its Quality (read “Anti MapSPAM”) Guidelines – see below. It’s unclear whether these updates reflect additions to the AntiSPAM algorithm or if they are just suggestions, but GOOG does seem to be clearly addressing some of the most obvious MapSPAM strategies – particularly around business names, locations and categorization. To me [...]
November 18th, 2010 · 9 Comments
Even though it appears that GOOG has a database of Jamaican and other nearby island businesses, you can’t add new ones.
October 25th, 2010 · 12 Comments
Sometimes we SEO types forget to take our own advice. Several months ago, after not having touched my Google Places Page for years, I updated the photo. Immediately my edit was rejected and my listing was removed from Google Maps. I misinterpreted this as a problem with the new image and resubmitted the old one, [...]
August 3rd, 2010 · 26 Comments
Executive Summary: Who knows? But here’s a data point of one: The Main Street Meat N Fish Market recently opened in Pleasanton. My wife asked me to find their hours so I went to Google and queried “pleasanton meat n fish market“. At the top of the SERP was this result from Patch.com (congrats to [...]