Facebook Nearby

Just caught Greg’s piece on Facebook’s new mobile local search feature: Facebook Gets Into Local Search with Facebook Nearby for iOS & Android. While I don’t expect Facebook Nearby to stay ad-free forever, with the entry of Facebook Nearby and Apple Maps, both ad-free, I’d say 2012 has been the most interesting year in the Local […]

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Argo Airport Scene

A friend who is a former spook told me how he once smuggled an Arab man out of the Middle East.  “I dressed him in short pants.”  “Why?” I asked.  “Because Arab men never wear shorts.  People tend to only see what you tell them to see.” Which brings me to the following response I […]

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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Low-T & Low-O www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive A new client has been seriously dinged by Google because their site is littered with SPAM. This is quite common for UGC sites where the U is a perv merchant or […]

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Sorry for the dramatic headline – I am doing some research on how SEO/SEM agencies service SMBs and I am looking to do brief interviews with agencies that handle between 20-100ish SMB clients (or more if you want). If you fit the bill and are interested, please ping me via my contact form or via […]

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I am at BIA Kelsey’s ILM West show today and tomorrow. Be sure to catch my panel: The Pros & Cons of SEO Outsourcing with Will Scott of SearchInfluence and Tim Judd of Elocallisting.com. If you’re around and want to catch up, please hunt me down. I am writing this from the lobby of the […]

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Train Wreck

Mike Blumenthal’s instant classic Google Local: Train Wreck at the Junction has spawned a lively Google Plus thread where various Localistas have been wringing their hands as to why oh why can’t Google stop screwing SMBs. While I am in agreement that Google Plus Place Local Multi Merge for Business Dashboardgate has been absolutely no […]

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This just left on How To Add a Business To Internet Yellow Pages Listings For Free: My name is Carol and my ex-boyfriend dumped me 4 months ago after I caught him of having an affair with someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact […]

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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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Groupon Tweet

One of the more popular questions right? While I am sure the Googlers have been trying to figure out how Tweets can be a proxy for links, even though Matt Cutts claims Google is “leery” of social signals, I thought the social media reactions to yesterday’s post about Groupon SEO could illustrate Twitter’s SEO effect nicely. […]

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The best SEO tactics are the ones that are discovered by accident, like Lexan.  Last week, I stumbled upon a linkbuilding tactic so effective and simple that I felt compelled to share it here.  It’s called Groupon. First off, linkbuilding is a painful SEO task.  It’s painful to sell it to clients.  It’s painful to […]

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Apple Maps Takes The Cake

Regular readers may have noticed my new Apple Maps blog getting a lot of my blogging attention these days at the expense of this fine collection of pixels.  I thought it might be of interest to one or two of you to explain what’s going on. A couple of months ago I realized that I […]

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Dr. House Lupus Meme

Source: Ocafe I sometimes get asked by potential clients to only look at a specific part of their site that is not getting as much organic traffic as the client wants.  While there are all sorts of strategies you can apply to parts of a site to improve its potential for attracting more search traffic, […]

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Sad Apple Maps Logo

At Local SEO Guide, we strive to write world-class blog posts that deliver the best experience possible to our readers. With the launch of our new Apple Maps Marketing blog this week, we fell short on this commitment as we are too busy writing posts for that blog to contribute more content on this one. […]

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Apple Maps suck. Might as well start a new blog about them: Apple Maps Marketing.com

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Visits by Operating System

I have been looking at the traffic numbers coming from iOS6 for a number of the sites that I have access to and within one day, it’s already showing signs of being a monster.   The following shows the top 15 Operating Systems by visits for a large site over the past month: Now check […]

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iPhone5 POI Search Engine

I was surprised at how little time Apple Maps got in the iPhone5 launch event, but then again they had a lot to cover. Below are the features they presented. Thanks to The Verge’s live coverage! (Great artists steal right?): Apple Has Built a Local Search Engine “We’ve built a search engine in to find […]

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No big surprise that The Atlantic’s piece on Google Maps – an “exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world’s best accurate maps” is coming out the week before the new iOS 6 with Apple Maps are introduced.  It has been great theater watching all of the ways Google has been pushing the […]

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Googlebot Crawl Rate

Been getting a bit of anxious email over the past 24 hours about Google crawl rates going way down. I am seeing this pattern on a lot of sites I follow so my best guess at the moment is this is either a Google Webmaster Tools reporting issue or a Googlebot issue more than a […]

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There’s a great discussion on Quora in response to “What is the single best piece of SEO advice?”.  I think Matt McGee nails it: Read Quote of Matt McGee’s answer to What is the single best piece of SEO advice? on Quora Happy Labor Day!

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[View the story “Lobster Searches Google For Pizza. Gets Confused.” on Storify] Lobster Searches Google For Pizza. Gets Confused. Storified by Andrew Shotland · Tue, Aug 28 2012 13:19:38 Google’s monopolistic behavior in Web search seems to have no bounds. Check out hover experience for local. http://pic.twitter.com/r0K2OMvIRakesh Agrawal The preceding was not meant to be […]

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TechCrunch Google Plus

Google Plus links have been showing up here and there in Google Knowledge Graph results, but I think the big G just pushed into overdrive. This morning I noticed Google Plus profiles showing up where Google Knowledge graph data has been displayed on SERPs that target brand queries, along with some new formats. Some of […]

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John Gruber is one of my favorite writers. His blog, Daring Fireball, just turned 10. That deserves a link with some juicy anchor text. If you are looking for magic 8 ball answers, Gruber indeed has balls and knows his way around a dingus.  Give it a read.

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From The Wall Street Journal back in June: Google Inc. has repeatedly tried, and largely failed, to crack the market for local business advertising. As early as next month, the Internet company will try anew, as it trains its largest-ever assault on the roughly $20 billion market. Google plans to have its newest small-business service—which […]

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Jade Wang of Google just announced that your old Google+ Business Page can now be merged with your new Google+ Local page which used to be your Google Places Page. As usual Mike Blumenthal has got the goods to help you make sense of the whole thing. Here’s Jade’s post:  For those of you that […]

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Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Our image files are all screwed up. Please stand by… UPDATE: Fixed. Kind of.

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Kicking Google

  Hard to believe it’s been over five years since I started this gig. While on occasion I have tried to share interesting stuff on the blog, this weekend, while depositing the above check, it occurred to me that I had never used this public space to share my appreciation for the people who have […]

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Matt Cutts Google Plus

Matt Cutts’ most recent G+ post: and his latest Tweet: Thing is, the whole “Hobbit-Meets-Google-Maps” thing would probably have a better chance of exposing new users to Google Plus v. the links thing.

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Google Unnatural Links Message

Just got this: I applaud Google for notifying site owners that they have some spammy-looking links. I don’t applaud them for not telling site owners which links in particular look spammy. If you have been link-building, then you probably know where to look, but if like me, you haven’t, then you have to spend time […]

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For those in the know, Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst Haus was the best place in Silicon Valley to get a smoked pork chop, a pickled pigs foot or a tub of duck fat. Unfortunately, last year a faulty smoker caused a fire and Dittmers had to shut down while it moved locations and rebuilt. […]

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I always get them confused...

I always get them confused… Now that Marissa Mayer is taking the helm at Yahoo!, I wonder if this means Yahoo Local is going to get some much-needed attention. A few years ago, an insider told me that Yahoo Local got nine million daily visits just from Google. That number has almost certainly declined, but […]

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