June 2012

Can’t Leave Google+ Local Reviews on iPhones?

A question came up in SEOmoz Q&A that really surprised me. A business owner stated that he appeared to be unable to leave a review using an iPhone. Michael Borgelt and Darren Shaw kindly did a quick test of this on their devices and came to the same conclusion: there doesn’t appear to be a way yet to leave a review on an iPhone in the US or Canada.

No doubt, this is one of those issues that Google is aware of and that we will see change, but as of this moment, it appears to be the case that the multi-millions of North American iPhone owners cannot use their devices to interact in this basic manner with Google+ Local.

If anyone has any information or comments on this, I’d love to hear them.

David Mihm’s Local Search Ranking Factors 2012 Released!

Set aside a couple of hours this week to do a complete read-through of the latest edition of David Mihm’s Local Search Ranking Factors report, just published today!

I’ve been a proud participant in this report since its inception 5 years ago and David has, again, done a wonderful job creating this survey and bringing the top Local SEOs in the world together to comment on what makes Local tick. Thank you, David!

Local is going through such monumental changes right now. With the May 30 introduction of Google+ Local Pages, everything feels new and different. I guarantee that your perusal of this report will help you feel like you are standing on welcome firmer ground in Local if you own a local business. It’s going to take some time to digest the implications of this year’s LSRF’s findings and this will be time well spent! Happy reading everyone!