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Entries Tagged as 'Google Maps'

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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Tags: Google · Google Maps

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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Tags: Google Maps

SMBs Have Got Google Maps’ Number…

April 8th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Google Maps Phone Number

Just found a classic thread on one of those “did you get a call from this phone number” sites. Some samples for your local SEO reading pleasure: Calls our business several times per day (not interested in their services). If you hang up, they call right back. They repeat this throughout the day and when [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps

And Did We Mention Apple Maps Are Going To Suck?

September 9th, 2012 · 7 Comments

No big surprise that The Atlantic’s piece on Google Maps – an “exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world’s best accurate maps” is coming out the week before the new iOS 6 with Apple Maps are introduced.  It has been great theater watching all of the ways Google has been pushing the [...]

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Tags: Apple Maps · Google Maps

Lobster Searches Google for Pizza. Gets Confused.

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments

[View the story "Lobster Searches Google For Pizza. Gets Confused." on Storify] Lobster Searches Google For Pizza. Gets Confused. Storified by Andrew Shotland · Tue, Aug 28 2012 13:19:38 Google’s monopolistic behavior in Web search seems to have no bounds. Check out hover experience for local. http://pic.twitter.com/r0K2OMvIRakesh Agrawal The preceding was not meant to be [...]

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Nitin Mangtani of Google Offers: #SFSW12

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Nitin Mangtani is the Product Chief of Google Offers and I am liveblogging his talk at StreetFight Summt West 2012. He tells a story about his kid pretending to open a restaurant and makes a sign with lots of stars reading “best restaurant of all” to try to get customers. Note to Nitin, your kid [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Offers

Top Google Places Ranking Factors for Local Search Optimization

March 19th, 2012 · 15 Comments

My post on Bizible’s new local search ranking factors study is now up at SearchEngineLand. You can also get more detail on the study and the results on Bizible’s blog. As mentioned in my SEL post, Bizible claims the study is scientifically valid and while in general I liked their approach, I can think of [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Local Search · Online Maps · Online Reviews

New Google Places Ranking Factors Data Coming Monday

March 16th, 2012 · 13 Comments

 On Monday, my SearchEngineLand column will preview the results of a new Google Places Ranking Factors study conducted by Bizible.  Aaron Bird, CEO & Night Janitor of Bizible, approached me a month or two ago about the study and I was intrigued by his approach. The study is a scientific complement to David Mihm’s well-known [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Local Search

The Google Venice Update – Another Nail in the IYP Coffin?

March 5th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Linda Buquet has an interesting read on the recent Google Venice Update, which among other things appears to have boosted local businesses’ ability to rank in the organic, non-Places results: “If my research is right and 75% of searches are for “cityless keywords” then this is a huge opportunity that didn’t exist before – to [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Local Search

Hey SEOs, If Google Maps Calls, Don’t Answer

February 29th, 2012 · 32 Comments

The caller-ID said “Google, Inc.” I was intrigued. The voice on the other line asked if I “serviced clients at this address”. I was busy servicing a client with the other hand (on the phone – get your mind out of the gutter) so I said that my clients were all over the world, which [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages