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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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome announced today on TechCrunch that the City has released more than 100 structured data sets for developers to use via DataSF.org.  According to the article: The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, […]

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Was having a conversation with my sister about funny business names (we had exhausted all other civil topics) and it reminded me of this inspirational tale. For those interested in more family-oriented fare, might I recommend the Hallmark Visitors Center?

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So Facebook and Twitter are getting all of the attention for providing APIs that let developers recreate their services on their own sites.  This strategy has in part led to Twitter’s growth explosion.  So giving away your data seems to work – and neither of these sites has a killer revenue model. So why wouldn’t […]

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Google Maps is on the verge of creating an international incident.  I did the following search on Google: “pizza 94566” I got the 10 pack.  Check out the URL for “New York Pizza” If I had wanted a “Damn Tasty!” za from Amstelveen I would have asked for one Google. I highly recommend checking out […]

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Ahmed Farooq of IBegin pinged me yesterday to let me know that he has joined the growing list of companies that are trying to become a one stop shop for updating your business listing and making sure the listing is updated across the Web.  As someone who has spent countless hours updating some of my […]

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