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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 · 33 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

When Will Google Places Bail Out White Hat SEOs?

September 14th, 2011 · 20 Comments

A frustrated practitioner of bail bonds SEO laments about Google Places, Where Crooked Businesses Take Over: “Here’s another great example of the wonder of Google Places and Google’s dealings with Local Search. Type in Google, “Santa Clarita Bail Bonds.” (this example could be done for many other keywords if you care to try) You will see [...]

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