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The Case Of The 5 Vanishing Reviews In The New Places Layout

Thanks, Mike & Richard, for clearing up the mystery! See comments below. And, sorry, Google. It was me that was buggy this time…not you!. Over the past few days, there has been massive reportage about the changes in Google’s handling of reviews and overall Place Page layout changes (actually, 90% of it has emanated from […]

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Linda Buquet Demonstrates Organic/Local Correlation And Offers Tool

Today is a busy one for me, but I just had to take a couple of minutes out of my schedule to point the way to this awesome post by my friend and colleague, Linda Buquet, of Catalyst eMarketing. Since the rollout of the blended local/organic SERPs last October, all of the local SEOs I […]

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No Punctuation In Localeze And No Field Definitions In Bing Local

We just launched a website redesign for our valued client Frank R. Bailey III, Attorney At Law. As with all our Local-focused clients, step two is always getting their Local Search Marketing going by creating and claiming their profiles in our choice of indexes. I find that this process never fails to turn up a […]

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Has Google Got The Warmth To Be Local And Social?

A quick heads-up to check out my latest post at Search Engine Guide: Local And Social Require Heart – Does Google Qualify?. It is already getting a number of tweets and I hope you can find the time to peruse it. I want Google to consider whether they really have the mindset and human-centric focus […]

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Charlatan's Web – Identify Local SEO Scammers Before They Bite You

Let’s muck out the barnyard together. Want to get my goat? Then find yourself a trusting small business owner, misguide him, take his money and proceed to trash his Local web presence, and yes, I’ll get madder than a wet hen. As the importance of Local Search grows by leaps and bounds, what a tangled […]

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Mike Blumenthal Pictures Local

Good stuff coming from Mike Blumenthal this week; most specifically his Local Search Web Equity Infographic. Definitely worth taking a gander at in your efforts to understand the key factors that go into owning a strong Local web presence. Also worth checking out: the user reviews of a Saint Paul, MN business called Wedding Shoppe […]

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Reporting A Closed Business To Google Places Update

I promised an update on the post I wrote on January 21, 2011 regarding reporting a closed business to Google Places via their report a problem link. Approximately 1 month later (Feb 19 to be exact) I received the following response from Google via email: Thanks again for sharing your local expertise with other Google […]

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A New Angle On The Places P.O. Box Dilemma

As a Local SEO, I have historically supported Google’s guidelines forbidding the use of P.O. Boxes as business addresses. It’s too easy to manipulate the concept of geographic location if the unscrupulous practitioner can buy a P.O. Box in every major U.S. city he wants to spam target. But today I read something in the […]

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Place Pages/Mike Blumenthal Warning Me To Keep Something In Mind

Just a quick post today. I noticed something signing into my Google Places account that I had not seen before. I imagine I’m seeing this because I’ve made Mike Blumenthal my Google HotPot buddy, but I thought the language prefacing his pan of a local auto dealership (never make Prof. Maps mad) was truly worth […]

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Reporting A Closed Business To Google Places – A Humorous Exercise In Futility

Yesterday afternoon, we threw caution to the wind, shut off our computers and closed up the office for the sake of getting into sunlight – a commodity that is both scant and precious in our drizzly northern California winters. Picture me picnicking on golden rocks above the shore, communing with elephant seals, coyotes and dear […]

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How Many Place Pages Can Your Local Business Have?

Google tries to put it in black and white with their Google Places Quality Guidelines but from my work as a Local SEO consultant, writer and contributor at SEOmoz, Search Engine Guide, Cre8asite and on the phone every day here at Solas Web Design, it’s clear to me that big parts of the picture are […]

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Firefox Funk In Google's HotPot

Last week, I wrote about an oddity I was encountering in Google HotPot. When attempting to leave a rating/review, I was being limited to some 368 characters, unhappily curtailing my fluid prose. Google’s Lior Ron kindly stopped by to let me know that no such limit exists and that my reviews could be as long […]

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Bugs And Grumbles In Google's HotPot?

There has been much posting and understandable excitement on the Local SEO front since the launch of Google HotPot in mid-November. Combining Local and Social in the form of quick, snappy ratings that are then shared with your ‘friends’ is what it’s all about, and while this is certainly an idea of merit, the fact […]

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Make Like PB&J With New Google Places Search And Win

In 1968, the J.M. Smucker Company blended peanut butter and jelly into a single jar for a smash hit sandwich, and today, in 2010, Google has taken a page for the goober people’s book, layering organic results with local ones into a whole new kind of sandwich that has my friends and colleagues, Mike Blumenthal, […]

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Google Working Toward Solution For Farmers Markets

Back in November of 2009, I included the above graphic in a post citing conflicts in the Google Maps system. If you look at that screenshot, you will see a one box for a farmer’s market with one big thing listing – an actual street address. There’s a street name, but no street numbers. Now, […]

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