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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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Tags: Blackboard Friday · Google

Why You Should Be Open With Your Business’ Meta Data

May 22nd, 2013 · 4 Comments

Madeline Kahn Blazing Saddles

Yesterday I talked about my initial thoughts on Google’s new Local Business Data Highlighter.  Tyler Bell of Factual was quick to point out an important point: [View the story "Cheeky Google" on Storify] If you want to have the best chance of ranking for local queries in Google, you should definitely use the tools they [...]

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Tags: Google · Local Data

How To Use Google’s Local Business Data Highlighter…So Far

May 21st, 2013 · 18 Comments

Google Local Business Data Highlighter

Google’s new Data Highlighter for Local Businesses is definitely worth checking out for anyone trying to goose their local rankings.  I have found it to be a bit buggy and it’s a new tool, so proceed with caution.  Here are some basics on how to use it along with some tricks I have figured out [...]

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Tags: Google · Local Data

Google Alerts Tip – Works Better If You Have a Time Machine

May 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Google Alerts Tips

And in other breaking CitySearch news, Darren Waddell of RadiusIntel just sent me this awesome Google Alert he received this morning: It links to this article from 2007. For all of you marketers recommending that your clients use Google Alerts to monitor what people are saying, be sure to include that it works better if [...]

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Tags: Google · Reputation Management

Are SMBs Impossible To Serve Well, Google Et Al?

November 30th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Train Wreck

Mike Blumenthal’s instant classic Google Local: Train Wreck at the Junction has spawned a lively Google Plus thread where various Localistas have been wringing their hands as to why oh why can’t Google stop screwing SMBs. While I am in agreement that Google Plus Place Local Multi Merge for Business Dashboardgate has been absolutely no [...]

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Tags: Google · Small Business Marketing · Yellow Pages