It’s Apple Maps week over here. Just wanted to point you over to my latest post on AMM, Apple Maps Is Not Intended To Be A General Business Directory, my rant on why I think Apple Maps should allow home-based businesses to be listed. Kind of ironic given this from the U.S. Small Business Administration: […]

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Total Google Traffic New K-Pack

Last week, Google started to switch out its local Carousel results for a new set of mobilish-type pack results that appear to rely heavily on its local Knowledge Panels, so let’s call it a Knowledge Pack, or “K-Pack”, for the purposes of this post. In his seminal post Some Thoughts On The New Pak Results […]

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Nyagoslav (think Cher, Michael, Brittany, etc.) gets all OCD on my recent post where I used our NAP Hunter extension to surface some bogus N.A.P. data issues. He really peels back the rotten onion: “The NPI registry is one of the most trustworthy data sources in the medical industry, so the chances that this was […]

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Yext Duplicate Business Listings

…but not really. I mean who really wants to understand how duplicate business listings are created and how the problem can be solved? It’s not exactly cocktail party conversation. But if your business is affected by them, like every business that relies on local search traffic is, perhaps you might want to take a few […]

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Airbnb Local Economic Impact

Airbnb just released a beautiful interactive infographic on the local economic impact the company has had on nine cities. If you are considering using content to attract links, for both national and local SEO, this would be a good piece to study. The design is beautiful, but the interaction and “scrollability” is what sets this […]

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Moz Local

A year and a half after Moz’s acquisition of GetListed, David Mihm’s local listings baby has finally burst out of the womb. Business listings management is one of the trickiest aspects of local SEO and David has long been focused on trying to simplify the process for SMBs. So let’s see what Moz Local can […]

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Google Local Rankings Weather Report

Mike Borgelt over at 51Blocks just released this very cool Local Search Weather Report

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How Sausage Is Made

Source: British Premium Sausages (Yum) Howard Lerman, CEO of Yext, just unleashed There’s No Such Thing As A Permanent Record, one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time about why local business listing data is so damn screwed up. “A common misperception in the local search and data industry is that publishers […]

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Quantity-or-quality-local-citations

Source: BrightLocal Citation Building Survey 2013 Nyagoslav Zhevkov has a great overview of a survey on local citations Bright Local conducted in September.  There are a few good insights in the post, but this one stood out for me: “For the question “What is more important – quantity or quality of citations?” I would have […]

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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 give […]

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