Entries Tagged as 'Google+ Local'

Google’s “Organic” Algorithm Is A Lot Faster Than Google’s Local Algo

March 18th, 2014 · 5 Comments

403 Access Denied Errors

On March 15th, the WP Total Cache plugin on this site for some reason started serving Googlebot 403 response codes (aka “Access Denied”): As you can see organic entrances to my site via the home page have tanked over the past couple of days: While traffic to other pages was down about 20% on Monday, [...]

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Tags: Google+ Local · Local Search

Is This The Future of Local Directory SEO?

September 9th, 2013 · 13 Comments

new Google local search results

UPDATE: Some of my better-read compatriots have pointed me towards Greg Sterling’s article from April about how Google is using the layout below to appease anti-competition complaints in Europe.  So take my theories below as pure entertainment, as it should be. Nick Rink of Smart Local , a UK Local SEO firm, posted a screenshot [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Google Plus · Google+ Local · Local Search

Can I Use ALL CAPS in Google Maps?

August 8th, 2013 · 3 Comments


In my SEL post 7 Things I Have Figured Out About The New Google Maps, I mentioned that businesses might want to try using ALL CAPS in their business name on their Google Places + Local (whateva) profile as I had noticed EXTREME PIZZA rocking the all-caps in the map result I was studying: A [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Google+ Local

No Reviews? The New Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up Doesn’t Pop

July 31st, 2013 · 4 Comments

East Bay Floor Covering

Based on the comments I am seeing on yesterday’s post, it appears that the new Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up has gone global. Since it seems like this is a real thing and not a test, I started looking at it a bit more to figure out the implications. One question that popped up: @localseoguide What [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Plus · Google+ Local

The Mysterious Case of @DannySullivan, Dana Point Jet Ski & Google+ Local

April 30th, 2013 · 12 Comments

Dana Point Jet Ski Links

Danny Sullivan just tweeted that Google is screwing up royally when it comes to searches for “dana point jet ski”: Good job, Google. You ignore HTML title tag, make up your own title instead. Result: misname a harbor as business twitter.com/dannysullivan/… — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) April 30, 2013 I thought it would be interesting to [...]

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Tags: Google+ Local

Will Marissa Mayer Go Loco For Yahoo Local?

July 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I always get them confused...

I always get them confused… Now that Marissa Mayer is taking the helm at Yahoo!, I wonder if this means Yahoo Local is going to get some much-needed attention. A few years ago, an insider told me that Yahoo Local got nine million daily visits just from Google. That number has almost certainly declined, but [...]

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Tags: Google+ Local · Yahoo Local

Google Email on Businesses Based at Residential Locations

July 9th, 2012 · 5 Comments

This past February, in  The Non-Place-Place Use Case I posted about how Google was delisting businesses that did not service customers at their locations but had not requested their addresses be hidden on Google Maps.  Mike, Miriam and others chimed in on how lame this was.   Today, I got this email about this “recent” update: Guess [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google+ Local

Google + Local = Local – Directories

June 8th, 2012 · 13 Comments

As you probably know, I have been on the lookout for signs that Google was squeezing local directories out of the SERPs. While the launch of Google+ Local is not necessarily the death knell for IYPs getting organic traffic, it certainly is yet another omen, kind of like what happened at Damien’s birthday party (that [...]

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Tags: Google+ Local

Will Google+ Local Be A Ghost Town?

June 1st, 2012 · 25 Comments

There has been a lot of hub-bub since the Google+ Local hit.  I pretty much agree with what Mike, David, Greg & Chris have had to say on the matter.  And I pretty much agree with what I had to say on the matter about one year ago. While I have been pondering what this [...]

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Tags: Google+ Local