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Entries Tagged as 'Google Place Pages'

Hey Google, What About Local Farmers (AKA Google Places)?

February 25th, 2011 · 13 Comments

From Danny Sullivan’s piece on Google’s latest “Farmer Update”: We’re evaluating multiple changes that should help drive spam levels even lower, including one change that primarily affects sites that copy others’ content and sites with low levels of original content. We’ll continue to explore ways to reduce spam, including new ways for users to give [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search

Google Places Needs Some Pest Control

February 21st, 2011 · 20 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

Is Groupon Is Now A Citation for Google Places?

January 18th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Groupon showing up in the clustered results in Place Search.

Glenn Gabe just pinged me that he is now seeing Groupon showing up in Google Place SERPs: According to Glen, this sucks for Groupon advertisers because: All of the Groupons I came across were expired. That’s right, when you click through the link in the clustered results, you end up at the Groupon page for [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Groupon

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

My Top Local SEO Posts of 2010

December 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I thought it would be nice to end the year highlighting the blog’s top 10 most popular posts for the year. Thanks to all my readers, commenters, linkers, lurkers, clients and of course Google for making it a great year. Lifestyle Lift – Fake Reviews Will Cost You Real $ A 2009 post, but in [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Local Search · Online Reviews · Yellow Pages · Yext.com

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