Replace Furnace SERP

Per my previous post, Are You Doing Local Answers SEO?, we have noticed these types of results are becoming more common for queries that have local intent: Click to enlarge these sorry screenshots This is in line with the increasing presence of Knowledge Graph results over the past year. We believe that Google is starting […]

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Examiner DMOZ

@localseoguide I have absolutely no clue — Gary Illyes (@methode) March 11, 2016 Check out the description snippet in this query for Examiner.com, which is a fairly large news site that has been around for years: Perhaps at some point, maybe a decade ago, Examiner.com was owned by The Journal Newspapers. It’s not now. Check […]

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Google Set My Location

Google’s “Set My Location” option in the Search Tools section appears to have pulled a Google Plus Local… First spotted by the ever-diligent @LennyPham. From @DarrenShaw: “Fortunately, &near=city_name is still working for getting localized results outside of your city.”

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Google Search Console is full of untrustworthy data

When Google rebranded Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console  SEOs were going wild over the new Search Analytics report. However, as the resident skeptic I’m not so quick to worship at the feet of Google’s data.   Rankings Up, Impressions Down It seems pretty intuitive to say as your rankings increase, so too should your […]

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Crawl Stats SEO

From the #Duh! department: In case you are still arguing with your developers about how much time they should be spending fixing site performance issues, I thought I’d pass on the following screenshots: Click to enlarge

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Thumbtack meme

It’s kind of big news in the Local SEO biz that Thumbtack.com* has received a manual action penalty from Google for unnatural linkbuilding. If you study Thumbtack’s backlink profile or read some of the articles on the subject, you can see that perhaps parts of their backlink strategy may have gotten them into trouble, which […]

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Undoorwayed

When SEO Roundtable reported that Google had fixed a problem with the Local algorithm, I checked some of the local directories that I had earlier reported had been doorwayed and lo and behold: So Google taketh away and Google giveth back…for now…

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UpWork

It’s really important to update your <title> tags when re-launching or re-branding a site It helps create a better search experience, and decreases confusion related to your branding. For example, oDesk recently rebranded and relaunched their site as UpWork: Their <title> tags are properly updated and there is no disconnect when you do a branded […]

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Google Doorway Update 5.23.15

UPDATE June 1, 2015: FALSE ALARM! May 23rd is a day that shall live in Local SEO infamy… (Click to enlarge) Seeing this across several U.S.-based local directory sites. Not across the board, but more than a few. See Did Local Directories Get Hit By Google’s Doorway Page Algo? to see how directory rankings may […]

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YellowPages.com SEO

If SEMRush data is directionally correct, this may be a reason why Yelp is looking to sell. Should rebrand as Yikes! pic.twitter.com/UqplA4ZLSq — Andrew Shotland (@localseoguide) May 11, 2015 Perhaps SEMRush is still updating but if its organic search traffic graphs are even close to accurate it looks like May is the month that Google […]

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