Paging Mary Bowling, Local SEO

I’ve had Mary Bowling’s blog Optimized in my feedreader since several of my friends came back from the Local SEO conference in San Francisco a couple of months ago and told me what a neat lady she was.

Her latest post regarding adding attributes to your Google LBC record proves to me that she is not only a neat lady, but an extremely smart Local SEO whom I would love to get to know.

Mary, if you come across this little hello, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your excellent, clear presentation of this subject but I couldn’t find a way to drop you an email via your blog and I also couldn’t seem to find a way to leave a comment on your post. I wanted to tell you that I hope you’ll consider blogging more often, because I really like your style.

If you’d ever like to chat about the work you do with local businesses, I’d really enjoy it!

Miriam Ellis

6 Responses to “Paging Mary Bowling, Local SEO”

  1. on 12 Sep 2008 at 7:20 am Mary Bowling

    Miram, thanks for the compliments. I’d like to get to know you better, too. Is there any chance you’ll be attending PubCon in November? If so, I’d love to get together and talk local. Mary

  2. on 12 Sep 2008 at 12:08 pm admin

    Mary! Thanks so much for coming to say hello. I’m so glad you found your way here.

    No, I’m afraid I won’t be at PubCon, but perhaps we can find another way to chat at some point, if just over email.

    I kept coming across your name in connection with the Local things I like best (for example, David Mihm’s Local Ranking Factors in which we both participated) and I’m guessing, working for such a large firm as you do, you’ve got a very interesting perspective on helping local business owners.

    I really hope you will consider blogging more often so I’ll have more great stuff to read.

    One question, is it just me or do you not have comments enabled on your blog? I cannot seem to find a way to communicate with you there.

    Thanks again for returning my greeting, Mary. Please, keep in touch!

  3. on 12 Sep 2008 at 12:10 pm Tim Coleman

    Hey Miriam, thanks for pointing me to this post. This is very interesting and Thank you, Mary, for writing it!

    I know Google has allowed attributes in Product Search for some time but because I deal mostly in service I’ve never focused on how to best leverage them, well… it’s time to get crackin’ :) If you know of a good post on the subject, I would love to hear about it

    Thanks again for the heads up.

  4. on 12 Sep 2008 at 12:26 pm admin

    Hi Tim,
    This was a good post of Mary’s, yes! I had totally overlooked the significance of the power of attributes before she pointed them out.

    I’m afraid I don’t have anything useful to say about Product Search, but getting crackin’ sounds like a good plan.

    It’s always so nice to see you here Tim. How’s the new job going?

  5. on 13 Sep 2008 at 6:22 am martijn beijk

    I also would have liked to be able to comment on that specific post. :(

    Anyway, I’ve been using custom attributes for quite some time now, just because they were there in the LBC. I almost never leave any fields blank.

    I have also found out though that with one of our clients I added the custom attributes to their ~ 50 listings using bulk, but they don’t get shown publicly. They are listed however in the LBC.
    What’s your experience? or any of the reader experiences on this one?

    PS: another issue i came across is when entering a URL as custom attribute it (for a corporate blog f.e. ) doesn’t get accepted due to a ‘punctuation problem’. without the http:// it’s fine though.

  6. on 18 Sep 2008 at 7:24 am martijn

    I’ve blogged about the punctuation problem and some others at my blog (link above, my name). google is tightening up their submission policy. You can also tell from their latest statement about quality guidelines.

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