Release the Kraken!

Update 4/11/15: According to a little birdie who spoke with Gary Iyles at the BrightonSEO conference, Gary “guaranteed” pack rankings won’t be affected. Guess we shall see… Google’s pending Mobile-Friendly algo update has become the Apple Watch of SEO – I can’t look at my Twitter feed without a blur of “How to get ready for […]

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PreCog Minority Report

  And you won’t believe what happens next… Google will lose market share in Local (trying not to repeat myself here so check out the link to Streetfight for more thoughts on GOOG, Facebook, Apple, etc.) Google will significantly change the layout of its local pack results at least twice, causing me to break out the […]

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apple-maps-connect

Last week, when we uncovered that Apple Maps had cut deals with at least ten new companies (e.g. Yext, Location3, Yodle, etc.) to provide business listings data, I got a few emails asking what the big deal was. Here’s what I see is going on: Apple has come to realize that organizing the world’s local […]

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Their clients’ local and organic search rankings and traffic started going up Seriously though, earlier this week I presented this talk at the fantastic State of Search conference in Dallas. One of the things I tried to stress is the importance of a diversified SEO strategy for local clients. Here at Local SEO Guide, that […]

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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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Ray Charles Sings The 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors!

David Mihm released the results of the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Survey today and per tradition, we will summarize the big headlines and then send you over to David’s post for the data. “THE USER IS THE NEW CENTROID” I think this quote from David says it all, but if you want something to cut […]

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This week I was on Rich Brooks‘ “The Marketing Agents” podcast to discuss all things local search. I thought it was a great discussion so if you enjoy listening to me in your headphones, check it out: If you prefer iTunes, you can listen to it at http://www.themarketingagents.com/itunes Or at Stitcher Radio perhaps? http://www.themarketingagents.com/stitcher

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CitySearch Medical Cannabis

You’ve got a marijuana dispensary or related business. You want to build awareness, rank well in Google for local cannabis-related queries and you want more customers. A good place to start is making sure your business is listed on the following sites: Top U.S. Local Directories That Allow Marijuana-Related Businesses Top U.S. Local Directories That Display […]

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That was the proposed name of the awesome panel I am going to be moderating at Street Fight Summit West in San Francisco on June 3rd: Hot, Local Action Sure, smartphones are great for finding a nearby restaurant or getting an Uber car, but the true innovation was making it easier for all of us […]

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