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Entries Tagged as 'Google Maps'

A Little Light Reading On Google Maps Ranking Factors

May 13th, 2011 · 12 Comments

From a patent application Google filed in September 2010 entitled SCORING LOCAL SEARCH RESULTS BASED ON LOCATION PROMINENCE [0047] When the document falls within the broad area (block 460–YES), then a location prominence score associated with the document may be determined (block 470). The location prominence score may be based on a set of factors [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Search

Hard-To-Find Is The New PageRank

May 12th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Greg Linden uncovers a potential new Google Maps ranking signal: direction requests: …certain very large search engines have massive logs of people asking for directions from A to B, hundreds of millions of people and billions of A to B queries. And, it appears this data may be as or more useful than user reviews [...]

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

Google HotPot Was Always Sort of a Crock

April 8th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Lior Ron announced today that Google is dumping the HotPot brand for its local reviews system and rolling it into Google Places. It’s a good move and I am guessing an indicator of more product coherence from GOOG as a result of Larry Page becoming CEO. I was always confused by the HotPot brand. Most, [...]

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

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!”. ┬áIt’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