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Entries Tagged as 'Google Place Pages'

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

Google Place Search Has SEOs Divided

October 29th, 2010 · 18 Comments

One component of the new Google Place Search is the merging of local and organic results in a more blended layout. While local marketers around the world are scrambling to figure out any new algorithm changes that have resulted from this release, a battle royale has broken out amongst otherwise civil-toned SEO bloggers to lay [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages

Maybe Local Directories Aren’t Dead After All?

October 29th, 2010 · 9 Comments

It’s still too early to tell, but I track the traffic on a number of local directory sites around the world and thus far I have not seen a significant change in Google referrals. Could it be that rumors of the Yellow Pages death have been greatly exaggerated by bloggers seeking page views? Tweet

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages

Small Towns May Be The Best SEO Hope For Directories in the New Google Local SERPs

October 27th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Tweet At first glance, the new Google Local SERPs appear to be a potentially big problem for local directories that rely on SEO for traffic. But with change always comes opportunity. As you can see in the screenshot above, when a city does not have many businesses in a service category, there is still an [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages

Meet the New Google Local SERPs

October 26th, 2010 · 41 Comments

Tweet Thought it might be of interest to catalogue the different types of Google Local SERPs I am seeing: 7 Pack Lite Standard 7 Pack listings with map in right column above ads.  10 Web results below. UPDATE: 3 Pack Lite Standard 3 Pack listings with map in right column above ads.  7 Web results [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages

The New Google Local SERPs & Local Directories

October 26th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Tweet So it appears that the new Google Local SERPs are imminent.  As you may recall, my initial take on this pending event was that it spelled doom for the Yellow Pages and local directories biz.  So I thought I’d take you for a spin through these new SERPs and see what we can see: [...]

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

Google Place Pages Launches D-Day?

October 26th, 2010 · 18 Comments

Tweet Fire up an Incognito browser, do some local searches and you might see some new Google local SERPs. It looks like Google may have unleashed the new All-Google-Places local layout they had been testing in more cities (Update: I have reports that this is being seen in Burbank & Australia and others that it [...]

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Google Maps Hates S&M (& Caps)

October 25th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Sometimes we SEO types forget to take our own advice. Several months ago, after not having touched my Google Places Page for years, I updated the photo. Immediately my edit was rejected and my listing was removed from Google Maps. I misinterpreted this as a problem with the new image and resubmitted the old one, [...]

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