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The Night Google Took Pity On A Client…

July 8th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Google Notification 2

Yesterday a client pushed out a new homepage without telling us. I found out because late last night I got this email in my inbox from an actual living, breathing member of Google’s Search Quality team:   Say what you will about Google (and clients who double-noindex their homepage), but this is pretty awesome.

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Tags: Google

Who Owns Customer Reviews of Your Business?

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Mike Blumenthal just posed a question about this on G+ and I thought it was worthy of posting here.  The TL;DR answer is: 1. On G+, Yelp and most other review sites, the reviewer typically owns the content of the review (this is to shield the review sites from liability) while the review sites own [...]

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Tags: Google · Online Reviews · Yelp

SMBs Have Got Google Maps’ Number…

April 8th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Google Maps Phone Number

Just found a classic thread on one of those “did you get a call from this phone number” sites. Some samples for your local SEO reading pleasure: Calls our business several times per day (not interested in their services). If you hang up, they call right back. They repeat this throughout the day and when [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps

2014 Local Directory SEO Content Strategy

April 3rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

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This post was originally published on Search Engine Land, but I didn’t like how they rewrote the title so here’s the director’s cut: To:           Local Directories From:      Google Re:           Local Search Rankings Hey guys… You may have noticed that over the past year, a lot [...]

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Tags: AngiesList · Foursquare · Google · Linkbuilding · Local Search · Merchant Circle · Yellow Pages · Yelp

The “Ultimate” List of Google Manual SPAM Action Viewer Messages

August 8th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Pure SPAM

Google Webmaster Tools just launched the Manual SPAM Action Viewer which alerts webmasters to manual SPAM issues with their sites.  Like a good SEO consultant, I quickly ran through all of my clients and here are the various messages I encountered – ok, perhaps it’s not so “ultimate” – disavow me if you want: Pure [...]

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Tags: Google

No Reviews? The New Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up Doesn’t Pop

July 31st, 2013 · 4 Comments

East Bay Floor Covering

Based on the comments I am seeing on yesterday’s post, it appears that the new Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up has gone global. Since it seems like this is a real thing and not a test, I started looking at it a bit more to figure out the implications. One question that popped up: @localseoguide What [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Plus · Google+ Local

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

The Google Carousel & Local Directories

July 2nd, 2013 · 6 Comments

Logan

“Nostalgia means the pain from an old wound…” – Don Draper When Google’s new Local Carousel came to a town near you a couple of weeks ago, I immediately envisioned the Don Drapers of local search in conference rooms around the country dramatically presenting their initial impressions. Of course at the end, instead of Duck [...]

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Tags: Google · Local Search

“The Usability Impetuous Behind Google+ Local…”

June 18th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Aaron Bradley dropping some Local knowledge, along with a lot of other knowledge, in his fantastic post about the Semantic Web: “…search is no longer about words, but about the things to which the words on a web page describe and make reference…” “Why is this important?  It’s important because when Google receives a user [...]

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Tags: Google · Local Search

Obama Admits “(Not Provided)” Drove Decision To Use PRISM Program

June 7th, 2013 · 19 Comments

Obama Not Provided

WASHINGTON – Following revelations that the U.S. government’s PRISM program has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of national security threats, President Obama admitted that Google’s policy of hiding keywords in Google Analytics was the deciding factor in moving [...]

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