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Entries Tagged as 'Google Place Search'

Is This The Future of Local Directory SEO?

September 9th, 2013 · 13 Comments

new Google local search results

UPDATE: Some of my better-read compatriots have pointed me towards Greg Sterling’s article from April about how Google is using the layout below to appease anti-competition complaints in Europe.  So take my theories below as pure entertainment, as it should be. Nick Rink of Smart Local , a UK Local SEO firm, posted a screenshot [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Google Plus · Google+ Local · Local Search

Google+ Local Reviews Now Showing as SERP Pop-Ups – Goodbye Google+ Local Pages?

July 30th, 2013 · 30 Comments

Google Plus Local SERP

Not sure if I am seeing a test or if this is rolling out everywhere but now when I click on the “[#] Google reviews” link for a business from the SERPs, I am seeing a lightbox type of pop up display instead of being sent to the Google Plus Page for the business. Check [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Google Plus

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

Does Your Business Have a 100% Rating?

February 1st, 2012 · 8 Comments

I am guessing this is some sort of glitch, but just saw this double rating result in a search for “auto repair concord”. It appears that the data being displayed comes from AutoVitals.com.

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Tags: Google Place Search

Google+ Needs Tight Local Networks To Succeed

January 23rd, 2012 · 6 Comments

SearchEngineLand just published Google Plus Connections Are The New Link, some thoughts of mine on how local search co’s and SMBs may try to leverage Google Search Plus Your World to improve local SEO. After rereading it, it seems clear that as more and more organic results are deemed to have “local intent”, the only [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Search · Google Plus · Google Social Search

Google Places Photos Tip of the Day

October 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Since Google Places started adding more photos to Place Pages I have been noticing a fair amount of wackiness.  So the tip of the day is to check your Place Page and make sure the photos are to your liking.  As Mike Blumenthal found things can go from Rated G to Rated X in no [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Uncategorized

When Will Google Places Bail Out White Hat SEOs?

September 14th, 2011 · 20 Comments

A frustrated practitioner of bail bonds SEO laments about Google Places, Where Crooked Businesses Take Over: “Here’s another great example of the wonder of Google Places and Google’s dealings with Local Search. Type in Google, “Santa Clarita Bail Bonds.” (this example could be done for many other keywords if you care to try) You will see [...]

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

All Of The Google Places Fit To Close

September 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments

The NY Times reports on the epidemic of open businesses that are reported as “closed” in Google Places and name checks Linda Buquet and Mike Blumenthal, who successfully changed the Googleplex’s Place Page status to “closed” a few weeks ago (SEO Badass award goes to you Mike). Howard Lerman, CEO of Yext, sees an opportunity [...]

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

How To Find Yelp Reviews on Google Places

July 27th, 2011 · 10 Comments

I haven’t pontificated on last week’s changes that removed most of the third party data from displaying on Google Place Pages – I basically agree with David Mihm’s assessment of the situation – this is an interface update, not an algorithm update. This article by FT.com implies that Google removed 3rd party reviews from Place [...]

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

How Not To Do Google Places SEO

July 18th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Phil Rozek has a great post on The 1st Annual Google Places Freakshow: “Whatever your ranking, I suggest you pay attention to how your Google listing comes across at a gut level.  Ask friends, family, or customers who haven’t seen it to take a look and give you their first impressions.  You’ll ensure that YOUR [...]

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