Entries Tagged as 'Google Maps'

Is MapMaker’s Bad Data Grounds for Divorce?

January 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Google MapMaker  Result Boundery

We have been playing around with Google’s MapMaker product a lot lately. While this won’t come as a shock to the seasoned local search professionals out there let me tell you, it’s a buggy product. Just the other day I had it return auto-suggest results in what I think was Dutch. While UI glitches are [...]

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When It Comes to Google MapMaker, Don’t Take No for an Answer

January 7th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Google Map Maker Denial

Do you find your edits in Google MapMaker often get denied? Ever since Maptivists shed some light on the exploits that were possible using MapMaker, it has been harder and harder to get legitimate changes made. Most of the time I see MapMaker edits get rejected, regardless of their validity. A good example was when I [...]

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Don’t Trust Results in Google MapMaker

January 2nd, 2015 · 12 Comments

Google MapMaker One Result

An auto dealer client’s GMB page was showing up in Google with a different domain (the car maker’s – Ford.com) attached to it only for certain queries. I started looking through all of the usual data suspects to see if the errant domain was connected to any of the dealer’s business listings and came up [...]

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Google Local Icons & New Real Estate Snippets Spotted

August 12th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Google Local Icons

As Google morphs SERP design from desktop to mobile, it appears that it has decided that reading words is perhaps too much to ask of our educationally-challenged fellow users. And so it is now testing icons in the mobile results as shown below: I guess it’s easier to click on a cute picture than try [...]

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You Just Can’t Trust Google Maps, At This Point, To Produce Either Relevant Or Accurate Results When Much Of It Is Just Pure Spam.

April 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fantastic interview by Nyagaslov Zhekov with Dan Austin on Google’s ineffectual response to map SPAM, including Bryan Seely’s spoofing of Secret Service listings earlier this year. Money quote: “The “newest” ploy, which has been in development for several years now, is to use real estate listings on sites like Trulia, and have the PIN card [...]

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