You think it’s Saturday. Put that picnic basket down. Take off those skis. An update to the Google Places Quality Guidelines regarding the much-publicized ‘hide address’ function has happened again. If you were confused by the previous language in the controversial guideline, check out the edit and see if this seems clearer to you now […]
Hope you will check out my SEOmoz blog post Why You May Need To Hide Your Places Address ASAP. Local SEOs will enjoy the big discussion going on there, and Google, will perhaps take note of the fact that people are not responding with much happiness to this change of policy. Please, stop by!
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Andrew Shotland had just posted a solution to a mystery that has been circulating through the Local SEO industry every since his Google Places listing was obliterated after he had a phone conversation with a Google Rep. Apparently, he had violated a guideline I’ve never heard about, and that he’d never heard about and that […]
The Local SEO and Local Business Owner community owes a vote of thanks to Mike Blumenthal for his swift work in saving the Archives Of The Old Google Places Help Forum from the burn pile. Google’s decision to delete the library of information present in the old forum as they move over to a new […]
Dear Google, You are the king of search. When I ask you for stuff, you give it to me. Whether I am searching for Abraham Lincoln’s height, a Chinese restaurant or tomorrow’s weather, you give it to me. I type things into your inviting, rectangular search box with its understated yet handsome grey border every […]
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I run the search ‘vegan restaurant, x city, california’ not infrequently to see if any noteworthy new ones have turned up. Well, today I encountered Google’s opinion on the 2nd most relevant vegan restaurant in Novato, California, and as you can see from my screenshot…it’s Jack in the Box. Really, it’s kind of the last […]
In recent months, Google has empowered a growing number of their Places Help Forum’s active participants with Top Contributor status, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of questions receiving truly helpful answers. This is very welcome improvement in the eyes of both local business owners and Local SEOs. Long-time Top Contributor, Mike Blumenthal […]
Like every other Local SEO in the country, I’ve spent the afternoon glued to the Bruce Clay/Local Paid Inclusion story. In case you missed it, Search Engine Watch published a
A few months ago, I was repeatedly solicited by a relatively visible Internet Marketing firm that was trying to hook me up with some type of program. I declined the offer, but an acquaintance ending up hiring this firm to undertake an SEO campaign for him. Later, I got an inside look at one of […]
Do you remember these guys? The guys who ran your town’s computer store in 1980? The above graphic is pulled from my original post on this topic: Best Buy Brings On Crashing Wave Of Nostalgia. In that piece, I compared my fondly-remembered formative experiences in the computer stores of three decades ago to the headache […]
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A quick tip for Local SEOs and local business owners today! If your business has more than one physical location, you’ll be adding each location separately to most local business directories. Some, like Google Places, allow you to create a main account and then build out your different listings within that main account. HotFrog.com doesn’t […]
Back in October, I wrote a piece at Search Engine Guide covering the issue of the Google Place Page of Max’s Deli in Birmingham, AL being spammed with several pages full of negative reviews. These reviews clearly violated Google’s Review Quality Guidelines in that they had nothing to do with the food or business and […]