If you don’t already follow Michael Dorausch, you are missing out on the Local SEO equivalent of expert spinal manipulation. So simple, yet so effective. Here’s his latest Pubcon presentation, 2013 Local Search Rankings: 2013 Local Search Rankings Las Vegas Michael Dorausch from Michael Dorausch Key takeaway: Purchase a camera and use it! (slide 33)

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UPDATE: Some of my better-read compatriots have pointed me towards Greg Sterling’s article from April about how Google is using the layout below to appease anti-competition complaints in Europe.  So take my theories below as pure entertainment, as it should be. Nick Rink of Smart Local , a UK Local SEO firm, posted a screenshot […]

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“Nostalgia means the pain from an old wound…” – Don Draper When Google’s new Local Carousel came to a town near you a couple of weeks ago, I immediately envisioned the Don Drapers of local search in conference rooms around the country dramatically presenting their initial impressions. Of course at the end, instead of Duck […]

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Liveblogging Laura Rich’s (CEO of StreetFight) keynote kicking off Street Fight Summit West 2012 Conference. The old guard forgot something really important: understanding consumers. Laura saw a Foursquare sticker on the window of a coffee shop in Boulder. Foursquare has hundreds of thousands of businesses using their platform, displaying their stickers, but no salesforce. Local […]

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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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 On Monday, my SearchEngineLand column will preview the results of a new Google Places Ranking Factors study conducted by Bizible.  Aaron Bird, CEO & Night Janitor of Bizible, approached me a month or two ago about the study and I was intrigued by his approach. The study is a scientific complement to David Mihm’s well-known […]

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Linda Buquet has an interesting read on the recent Google Venice Update, which among other things appears to have boosted local businesses’ ability to rank in the organic, non-Places results: “If my research is right and 75% of searches are for “cityless keywords” then this is a huge opportunity that didn’t exist before – to […]

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Great post from Muckerlab on the agony and the ecstasy of Local: “By my count, around 100 startups focused on local were launched between Q2 and Q3 of 2011. there are mobile apps, deals/offers companies, social relationship management dashboards, ad networks, merchant acquiring/ processing solutions and more. (Although the slow down in the last 30-60 […]

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Leena Rao tries to make sense of Ebay’s recent acquisitions: t’s no secret that eBay has been heavily investing in a local commerce strategy. The central core of this is trying to capitalize on the $917 million online-to-offline buying market, which Forrester estimates will eventually reach $1.3 trillion (although this number seems low) and account […]

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In response to my post on how some of top local sites did in the Farmer Update, Yellowpages.com’s John Cole forwarded me the following traffic charts showing how their traffic has grown since the update. Week Over Week Comparison 2/20-2/26 v. 2/13-2/19 Week Over Week Comparison 2/23 -3/1 v. 2/16-2/22 Thanks for sharing John.  If […]

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Just got an invite to Opus Research’s Conversational Commerce Conference aka C3 on Feb 2-3 in San Francisco. Opus is Dan Miller’s and Greg Sterling’s brainchild. I’ll be blogging the event. Here’s the conference summary: Opus Research’s Conversational Commerce Conference (C3) brings together a diverse array of interested groups and stakeholders to discuss the new […]

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Mon ami Sebastien blogged about Amdocs’ Eitan Ackerman’s talk on Categorizing Consumer Activities on Merchant Listings or in other words – What do people actually do on Yellow Pages sites? Here’s what Eitan found: Search to call: I am looking for the merchant’s phone number, often a core element of a business directory site. Search to […]

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As you can see by the above graphic, I’ll be speaking on the “Local Search” panel at Blueglass FL on Nov. 2nd along with David Mihm, Alan Bleiweiss & Jordan Kasteler. I am thinking about what twisted things I can talk about, so if you’re going to be there let me know what you’d like […]

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