Entries Tagged as 'Google Place Search'

Google Places Cuts The Crap With A Hand Job…

June 24th, 2011 · 5 Comments

From Mike’s post today entitled Some Days Are Shittier Than Others: Someone uploaded pictures of poo on my business listing and I can’t get them off!!! Fortunately Google took notice and brought out the pooper scooper. Of course this probably only happened because Mike’s post brought it to GOOG’s attention which will likely leave a [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Google Place Search

More Thoughts on Local Search Ranking Factors

June 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Nyagoslav Zhekov has been adding some thoughtful comments to the blog as of late and I thought this post on his take on the Local Search Ranking Factors was worth a read.

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Search

Are Google Maps Getting Tighter Radii?

June 15th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I just wanted to use “radii” in a headline… Mike Blumenthal tweeted yesterdat that he thought the radii of the Google map for various local queries had gotten smaller. To me it seemed like the radii hadn’t changed much but the map pins had gotten bigger so I decided to compare the map that displayed [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Search

Google Places MisPlaces New Review Feeds

May 19th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Mike Blumenthal has some concerns re Google Places’ new user review feeds: When was the last time you heard a reviewer ask for an RSS feed of their reviews? Well maybe some reviewer some place did… but then I suggest you follow Google’s instructions and go find it. Instead of attaching it to the obvious place in [...]

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

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

Groupon Reviews As Google Places Citations = More IYP SEO Woe

March 17th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Reviews of businesses on Groupon have been spotted on Google Place Pages since January: Last year I speculated that social local applications like Twitter & Foursquare could start to cause a lot of SEO problems for IYPs because they could easily replicate the IYP structure while providing a lot more unique content. Groupon reviews are [...]

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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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