thanks to Matt McGee for tipping me off to this one.  Here’s a particularly useful example:

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When Best of the Web Local launched in August, I thought it was yet another wakeup call to Yellow Pages companies (both print and IYPs) that their business was under attack.  There are already thousands of IYP type sites out there, but when an established domain like BOTW.org launches one and combines that with the […]

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Google Maps is on the verge of creating an international incident.  I did the following search on Google: “pizza 94566” I got the 10 pack.  Check out the URL for “New York Pizza” If I had wanted a “Damn Tasty!” za from Amstelveen I would have asked for one Google. I highly recommend checking out […]

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Matt McGee just posted that Google Local Business Referrals is shutting down.  GLBR paid people to sign up small businesses to Adwords and Google Local Business Center.  According to Matt: In a previous post on this blog, I speculated that the program would fail because it didn’t guarantee enough money to the foot soldiers, that […]

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…as there is always the chance that the algorithms won’t go your way.  As always Mike Blumenthal’s blog has surfaced another story of an unfortunate business owner that is being hurt by Google Local Business Center’s peculiarities. Here’s where you need to go if you are looking for a man with a van in London.

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I downloaded Yellowpages.com’s iPhone App this weekend and was psyched to give it a test run after hearing Frank Jules speak about it at Kelsey DMS last week.  The executive summary: not bad but needs work. It does its main function of allowing you to search for businesses fine.  And this may almost be enough […]

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There’s a minor commotion going on in the comments section of my popular post on how to update your yellow pages listings for free.   One of my readers has been talking to Localeze about their service to bulk update businesses with thousands of locations across a large number of local search sites, and wondering […]

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1. Looking for the number for Microsoft’s Mountain View office 2. Searched “microsoft mountain view ca” in Google.  They had the wrong number. 3. Searched “microsoft mountain view ca” in Yahoo.  They had the wrong number. 4. Searched “microsoft mountain view ca” in maps.live.com (MSN).  They had the wrong number! 5. Went to Microsoft.com, entered […]

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Baker Bros Flooring Deli Mapspam

Check out the above local result for “flooring phoenix, az”.  Why is www.bakerbrosdeli.com showing up as the URL for Baker Bros Area Rugs & Flooring?  This is likely just a simple case of an algorithmic mismatch, but given how easy it is to edit the business listings in Google Maps, it also could be a […]

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Restaurants in Pleasanton, CA

Notice something a bit off about the above Google Maps result for “restaurants in Pleasanton, CA”? How about this one? Either Pleasanton just annexed San Francisco or the historic Hotel Whitcomb has some hardcore shuttle service. Update: I have only been able to replicate this in these two categories plus “motels”, “dining”, “rooms”, etc.  My […]

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Google Mapspam - Nutritious & Delicious

I am thinking Google must be pretty sensitive to people spamming Google Maps. Earlier this week I posted about how SEO Champion had created fake addresses to show up for local searches for SEO in Pleasanton, CA and the surrounding areas. Mike Blumenthal followed up with his own mapspam investigation and found these guys were […]

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Google Mapspam & SEO

I have been following the recent mapspam sightings with great interest. Location is a key factor in local search, so it’s no wonder that “entrepreneurial” marketers are doing there best to screw with Google’s (and other’s) fabulous mapping creations. To some extent I am willing to look the other way when a fellow SEO wants […]

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If you are thinking about generating a lot of reviews for your business on Google Maps’ write a review feature, I recommend you read this post about a business who lost all of their reviews on Google Maps.  As Miriam Ellis of SolasWebDesign tells it, Canoe Sport in Houston, TX asked their customers to review […]

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Multiple Locations SEO

A while ago David Mihm asked if I could provide guidance on how to optimize a business with multiple locations in the same geographic area. Well Dave, here at Local SEO Guide we aim to please, eventually:

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Battleground SEO

With Google’s recent introduction of 10 yellow pages-like listings in Web search results for local queries, it is going to be harder for local search sites which depend on “category in city” search queries (e.g. “Plumbing Supplies in Pleasanton, CA”) for a lot of referral traffic from Google to get that traffic. If I were […]

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Google Maps Reviews

Miriam Ellis just put together a fantastic post on all of the sites that Google Maps is using as sources for review information for the hospitality industry. Here’s the list: 10best.com Aol.com ChefMoz.org Citysearch.com Dine.com DiningGuide.com Dinnerbroker.com Frommers.com Gayot.com Giatamedia.com Greenopia.com Insiderpages.com Menupages.com Mytravelguide.com Priceline.com RestaurantRow.com Travelocity.com Travelpost.com Tripadvisor.com Virtualtourist.com Yahoo.com Yelp.com Zagat.com I recommend […]

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