Entries Tagged as 'Google Place Pages'

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

The Non-Place-Place Use Case

March 5th, 2012 · 18 Comments

As some of you may know, a few days ago my Google Place Page was sleeping with the fishes. My initial suspicion was that SEOs who work out of residential addresses had been targeted for a Google Places hit job. I guess I should have taken my own advice, because boy was I ever wrong. [...]

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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

How To Get +1s For Your Local Business

January 23rd, 2012 · 3 Comments

And while I’m on the subject, Stever has a great post up on some tips for Encouraging Google +1 Votes for Local Business Websites. Key point for unsuspecting SMBs to take note of: “Forget the new schemes popping up to buy hundreds of plus 1 votes. Those will be meaningless to a local business as [...]

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