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Entries Tagged as 'Online Maps'

Perhaps Nokia Maps Should Rebrand HERE As WHERE?

November 16th, 2012 · No Comments

A little Friday rant on the Apple Maps blog entitled Why Do Map Services Not Give a Shit About Businesses? Typical ignorant American that I am, I had never used Nokia’s maps.  Then when they made their big, in-your-face-Apple/Google announcement, I had to check it out.  The first thing I noticed was that there was [...]

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Tags: Online Maps

Top Google Places Ranking Factors for Local Search Optimization

March 19th, 2012 · 15 Comments

My post on Bizible’s new local search ranking factors study is now up at SearchEngineLand. You can also get more detail on the study and the results on Bizible’s blog. As mentioned in my SEL post, Bizible claims the study is scientifically valid and while in general I liked their approach, I can think of [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Local Search · Online Maps · Online Reviews

Google Places MisPlaces New Review Feeds

May 19th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Mike Blumenthal has some concerns re Google Places’ new user review feeds: When was the last time you heard a reviewer ask for an RSS feed of their reviews? Well maybe some reviewer some place did… but then I suggest you follow Google’s instructions and go find it. Instead of attaching it to the obvious place in [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Online Maps · Online Reviews

Hard-To-Find Is The New PageRank

May 12th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Greg Linden uncovers a potential new Google Maps ranking signal: direction requests: …certain very large search engines have massive logs of people asking for directions from A to B, hundreds of millions of people and billions of A to B queries. And, it appears this data may be as or more useful than user reviews [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Online Maps

Rich Snippets/Poor Execution For Google Places Testimonials

November 3rd, 2010 · 13 Comments

While putting together the Top 10 Reviews Sites In Google Place Search report, we noticed what we thought were testimonials from a business’ website showing up in the reviews section of the result. See the below screenshot from a SERP for “Los Angeles Car Dealers“: In its FAQ on Rich Snippets, Google states that testimonials [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Online Maps · Online Reviews

AMAP.to – URL Shortener For Google Maps

July 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments

Fred Wilson has a great local discussion going on the AVC blog about how to shorten a Google Maps URL to make it easier to send. One of the commenters suggested checking out http://amap.to/ Here’s the shortened link for Pleasanton, CA: http://amap.to/evtp9 Pretty cool.

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Tags: Online Maps

Twitter Location API: The Trojan Horse of Local Search?

August 20th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Twitter just announced it’s launching an API that will allow developers to add latitude & longitude to any tweet. There’s all sorts of funky services this could lead to such as a site that tracks the locations of Twitter spammers for people to drop nukes on and such (if they are dumb enough to opt [...]

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Tags: Local Search · Online Coupons · Online Maps · Twitter

New York City Locksmiths – A Map Spammer’s Guide

April 29th, 2009 · 40 Comments

Update: MyMapInfo, the SEO who was working on Artie’s site, commented on Will’s post that I had mistaken him for a spammer when he has been trying to get his client to rank well after the client was the victim of map spammers.  I’ll take him at his word and apologize for impugning his reputation [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Online Maps

Google Map Ads Update

April 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the previous post, where I stumbled on to ads on a Google Map on Merchant Circle, “Mappin’” Mike Blumenthal took me to the local search woodshed with the following comment: In mid March, Google announced that they have changed the API to allow the hosting site show ads along with searches for local businesses [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Merchant Circle · Online Maps

Google Map Ads Showing Up On Merchant Circle

April 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I was just looking at this page on Merchant Circle and noticed ads showing up on their Google Map! I am sensing a trend.

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Merchant Circle · Online Maps