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Entries Tagged as 'Google Maps'

Google Places Needs Some Pest Control

February 21st, 2011 · 24 Comments

We’ve got rats. There I said it. I opened up the door to my furnace and found a scattering of crusty little rat droppings. And to make matters worse I think the rats have mites as I woke up this morning with a big bite taken out of my posterior (TMI?). So who you gonna [...]

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

Google Places Iphone App – Nice But No Foursquare, Yelp, etc…Yet

January 12th, 2011 · 10 Comments

Just checked out the new Google Places Iphone App – “now with Hotpot!”.  It’s a nice enough local reviews service The UI is simple and looks good. Besides being able to review a business, which is nothing new these days, perhaps the biggest thing the app has going for it is the aggregation of all [...]

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Tags: Foursquare · Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · iPhone Local · Yelp

Google Places Reviews Need Some Reviewing

December 20th, 2010 · 19 Comments

Mike Blumenthal’s When Will Google Places Fix Reviews? hit a nerve, as I imagine it would for any business that relies on Google Places as an important part of its presence on the Web.  I spend a lot of time sending emails to Mike and other Local SEO’s that go something like this “Have you noticed [...]

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

Carter Maslan on Google Places – #ILM10

December 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Liveblogging Carter Maslan’s talk at BIA Kelsey’s ILM 2010: The long tail of local is extremely long The launch of Places search increased the clicks to third party sites by 400% Places is trying to increase the “surface area” of local information There is a local dimension to almost everything (critics, tribes, events, news, credentials, [...]

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

Google Places New AntiSPAM – I Mean Quality – Guidelines

November 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Google Places has updated its Quality (read “Anti MapSPAM”) Guidelines – see below. It’s unclear whether these updates reflect additions to the AntiSPAM algorithm or if they are just suggestions, but GOOG does seem to be clearly addressing some of the most obvious MapSPAM strategies – particularly around business names, locations and categorization. To me [...]

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

Google Places Misplaces Jamaica and the Rest of the Caribbean

November 18th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Even though it appears that GOOG has a database of Jamaican and other nearby island businesses, you can’t add new ones.

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

Google Lights Up Hotpot

November 16th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I noticed “Hotpot” was trending on Twitter and discovered that tonight Google launched it’s response to Yelp and all of the other local social recommendation thingies.  Don’t have time for a pseudo-thoughtful post on the subject so I thought a few screenshots would do.  More later:

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

Google Local Heatmaps Show Cold Maps

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Ionadas Local and Sentient Services just published the results of an eye-tracking study on the (old as of 10/27/10) Google Local SERPs that is certainly worth a look. Here’s a summary of the results and some screenshots: 1. People seem to be ignoring the maps 2. This is probably one of the reasons why GOOG [...]

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

Rich Snippets/Poor Execution For Google Places Testimonials

November 3rd, 2010 · 13 Comments

While putting together the Top 10 Reviews Sites In Google Place Search report, we noticed what we thought were testimonials from a business’ website showing up in the reviews section of the result. See the below screenshot from a SERP for “Los Angeles Car Dealers“: In its FAQ on Rich Snippets, Google states that testimonials [...]

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

Top 10 Reviews Sites In Google Place Search

November 3rd, 2010 · 16 Comments

Given the increased prominence of reviews sites in new Google Place Search SERPs, I thought it might be interesting to see which ones were showing up most often. The following is sort of 2010 version of my 2009 IYP SEO Rankings Report. This data is hardly thorough – I only looked at the top 10 [...]

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