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Hide Your Google Places Address Or To Heck With You

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 […]

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Google Places Help Forum Archives Rescued By Blumenthal

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 […]

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My Illustrated Plea To The Google Places Help Forum Team

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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A Valentine For Local Business Owners From Solas Web Design

No one works harder than the local business owner! The challenges are many and so are the opportunities. When it comes to your website Your copy Your Local SEO You don’t deserve to run into scammers and spammers Let Solas Web Design give you a Sweet Deal On Quality Services That Are Worthy Of You! […]

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Google Places Thinks Jack In The Box Is A Vegan Restaurant

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 […]

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Interview With Google Places Help Forum Top Contributors: Blumenthal And Zhekov

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 […]

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Why Local Paid Inclusion Is A Bad Idea

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

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Adding multiple business locations to HotFrog.com

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 […]

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Getting A Negative Review Removed From Google Places – Your Chances

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 […]

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Google Places Contact Form As Harlequin Romance Novel

Well…sort of. Please, check out my latest piece at Search Engine Guide: Google Local Gallops Away From Feudalism, Offers Fixes. Friends like Mike Blumenthal and Linda Buquet have written some great takes on this momentous announcement of a new contact form for fixes in Google Places, and the above is my own two cents on […]

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An Inside Look At How I Chose 1 Local Tire Shop Out Of The 7-Pack

My apologies to readers for my absence of the past couple weeks. I’ve been so occupied with copywriting elsewhere that I’ve had to be selective with my 10 busy little fingers, but I’ve really been looking forward to publishing this article. If you are a local business owner or a Local SEO, you earnestly want […]

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Defining Local Content For Business Owners With Questions

Over at CopyLocal.com, I’ve taken my best shot at giving a Definition of Local Content. I’ve explained what it is, why, when and where it should be published and have given three detailed examples of types of content three hypothetical North American businesses might publish. If you’re a local business owner or who have local […]

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Why Open Source Shouldn't Equal Open Season In Google Places

Back in November of 2008, I wrote an article in response to the following statement from a Google rep: The wiki nature of Google Maps expands upon Google’s steadfast commitment to open community. That said, we also work very hard internally to identify behavior that doesn’t benefit the community and to take the appropriate actions. […]

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Can A Competitor Make Your Local Business Look Closed?

Yes, it appears they can, with as little as two reports of closure within Google Places. Read my roundup of this issue of false reports of business closures at Search Engine Guide, and don’t miss Mike Blumenthal’s breaking-news coverage of this crazy and just plain rotten tactic.

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A Google Postcard Verification Issue That I'd Never Heard Of Before

Here’s a really interesting scenario being described in the Google Places Help Forum, to wit: We are a national home builder with sales offices in about 150 communities in 8 states. In most cases, the sales office addresses are on brand new streets with brand new addresses that Google Maps does not yet recognize. We […]

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