Looks like my blog got hacked over the last 24 hours. We are working on fixing the problem. Apologies to anyone looking for local search info only to find themselves on a Romanian free Cialis site. Get it while supplies last!

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Check out http://americancensorship.org/ for more info about how to stop Congress and the Stop Online Piracy Act (aka SOPA) from breaking the Internet, destroying life as we know it and generally acting like assholes (well, that part will never stop).  

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This client’s organic traffic is up almost 100% over the same period:

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Since Google Places started adding more photos to Place Pages I have been noticing a fair amount of wackiness.  So the tip of the day is to check your Place Page and make sure the photos are to your liking.  As Mike Blumenthal found things can go from Rated G to Rated X in no […]

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A frustrated practitioner of bail bonds SEO laments about Google Places, Where Crooked Businesses Take Over: “Here’s another great example of the wonder of Google Places and Google’s dealings with Local Search. Type in Google, “Santa Clarita Bail Bonds.” (this example could be done for many other keywords if you care to try) You will see […]

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I know I have a relatively small site, but if you can’t even get the trend right, why bother? And check out Pete Distad of Hulu

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I have been getting hit up a lot by people who want to write guest posts on LSG either because they want to get their brand in front of my readers or they want a link.  I am not opposed to the concept but have never put one up so it would need to be […]

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Here’s the video by the firm Ph Creative, the firm that created the campaign: Tip for next time: Spell-check

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David Mihm’s annual Local Search Ranking Factors survey of local SEO geeks is out.  As always, I like to provide a summary of the top ten recommendations: Top 10 Ranking Factors for Google Maps/Google Places SEO Physical Address in City of Search Manually Owner-verified Place Page Proper Category Associations Volume of Traditional Structured Citations (IYPs, […]

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I was talking to my bud Jonah Stein about his new start-up CodeGuard, a website backup service, and I thought given the events of the past few days it was worth a plug, particularly for those readers running multiple SMB websites.  Let’s review some of the latest in website hacking news: Sony’s Play Station Network […]

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