The paucity of posts over the past few months is directly proportional to how screwed up Google Places can be and the commensurate demand for help with said wackiness.  As a result I have been incredibly poor about putting up to posts that I have been planning.  They always seem to be 99% done and […]

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Google, Bing & Yahoo have just announced support of a standardized set of microformats at Schema.org. Here’s the full list of supported schema types. This means that you format your templates once and “rich snippets” of your data can show up on all of the major search engines. If you haven’t already added microformats to […]

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I am not at SMX East today, but I thought it might be helpful to grab some interesting local tweets bubbling up from #SMX and record them here. I’ll be updating this from time to time over the next couple of days: Hot from #SMX: The Search Crossover: Local, Mobile Social http://outspokenmedia.com/4wbfless than a minute […]

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If you have been following the saga of the newly opened Main Street Meat and Fish Market in Pleasanton, Greg Sterling and I were having a discussion last week about the fact that since they are a new business, they are not yet showing up in the local search databases like InfoUSA, Acxiom & Localeze, […]

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I was telling Greg Sterling about how the new meat market in Pleasanton is killing it on their Facebook Page, which was created by a customer, and on Yelp despite the fact that they don’t have a Google Place Page and the business itself isn’t even participating in any of this. From Greg’s The Curious […]

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Jonah Stein forwarded me this missive from Josh Vickers, founder of TaskSquid, who seems to be in cahoots with Adam Harris of Calacles.com. Apparently Google has misplaced La Jolla: It is Official. The Jewel of San Diego, La Jolla, once nestled on a prime stretch of Pacific, has taken root in a new exciting? location. […]

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Executive Summary: Who knows? But here’s a data point of one: The Main Street Meat N Fish Market recently opened in Pleasanton.  My wife asked me to find their hours so I went to Google and queried “pleasanton meat n fish market“.  At the top of the SERP was this result from Patch.com (congrats to […]

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Methinks Greg Sterling has been spending too much time with SEO types as of late because his latest post on how Facebook’s Like Buttons could put Facebook on a collision course with the big players in local search sounds like a paranoid screed that I might have penned.  In other words, I dig what he […]

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Gib Olander offers some handy tips for SMBs to make sure their social media presence is in sync with everything else they are doing: Research shows that many consumers that view an online business listing then visit a brick and mortar location. By linking the real-time conversations taking place about your location with your local […]

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Not sure if GOOG is manually deindexing Google Place Pages or if this is just the algorithm at work – often new pages rank well and then disappear for a few days – but some of the Place Pages I referenced in yesterday’s post on Google Place Pages SEO are now gone:

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