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Locksmith Spam: Caught In The Act!

Talk about being caught red handed! In a Google Places Help Forum thread, user SQLPerformance asks, is this where locksmith spam comes from? The link points to this job offer on elance.com: Hello, I’m looking for an expert who can promote my Local Locksmith/garage doors business in google maps, yahoo local and bing. You will […]

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Miriam Engaged By SEOmoz As Local SEO Q&A Forum Consultant

Some happy, happy news to share today: I’ve been engaged as an associate by SEOmoz to answer Local SEO questions in their wonderful Q&A forum which is made available to SEOmoz PRO Members! As my clients and colleagues know, I’m crazy about Local Search, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to get to hear […]

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When The Karate Kid Gets Mad – Teaching User Review Crane Technique To Small Business Owners

The Story A cry for help from the Google Places Help Forum: Hello Google Team, My name is Aaron and Im a student at the White Lions of Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. Anyways I am contacting you because I was wondering what the procedure was to get false statements and slanderous comments removed from the […]

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Are You Having A Great Green Summer?

May this be the year that huge numbers of Americans step out of the bleary glare of the supermarket and onto the dirt road where their nearest organic small farmer is selling what is truly freshest and best from his farm stand or store. It’s August and you’d be hard put to find a better […]

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Are These Reviews Authentic? You Be The Judge.

SEOigloo blog reader and professional reputation consultant, Paul Sherland got in touch with me recently because he’d stumbled across something that seemed a little odd to him when looking at the Google Place Page of a local business, Goodson Honda West of Houston, Texas. I thought what Paul noticed was worthy of sharing with you, […]

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Wildly Celebrating Google Places New Owner Response Feature!

It was just last week that I wrote this article sympathizing with a local business owner who was agonizing over the fact that he had no way to respond to what he felt was a fake, malicious review of his business. Yes, just last week, but for years now I’ve bemoaned the lack of power […]

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The Basics Of Reporting Google Maps Problems

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I wanted to point the way to my most recent Search Engine Guide post: How to Report A Google Maps Problem. I wanted to cover the basics of doing this, and used an on-going problem I’ve been cognizant of for several years with user intent and categorization. If you’re looking for something […]

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Local Professional Service Websites – When Business Comes From Referrals, Not Google

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David Mihm's Local Search Ranking Factors Hits The Presses

What a treat to participate in and to read the very latest annual Local Search Ranking Factors report, organized by David Mihm. This year’s survey is of a much larger group of Local SEOs than we’ve had in previous years – perhaps a nice testament to the growing awareness of the importance of Local. As […]

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My 3 Latest Posts

Posting has been light here at the SEOigloo Blog recently, but I have been busy over at Search Engine Guide. If you’d care to have a leisurely read of my latest articles, here they are: The Yelp BBQ And The Crummy Chiropractic Scheme Eight Little Gripes With Google Maps Should Your Hyperlocal Blog Muckrake? Spring […]

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Google Acting Like Merchant Circle With Nearby Places Move

Check your Google Place Page today if you haven’t in awhile – the one with your business name on it, your photos, your reviews, directions, videos, contact information, custom made maps and etc. on it. The one you’ve claimed. Scroll down a bit, and you’re likely to encounter something that looks like this: Yes, chances […]

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Voting Now Open For SEMMY Finalists!

How exciting to wake up today to discover that one of my articles has been nominated as a SEMMY finalist! Voting is now open, and I predict all voters will have a tough time choosing just one of the six fine pieces that have made it into the finals. Please let me congratulate each of […]

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Using Google Maps On The Nexus One

Mike Blumenthal just received his complimentary Nexus One for being a top contributor to the Google Maps Help Forum, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this is well-deserved! I’m also pretty sure that, now that Mike has this smart phone, we’ll all be getting to read some great future articles about Mobile/Local and […]

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It's The Ideas That Count

What a day this has been! My first 24 hours with Google’s Nexus One. Hang a left over to Search Engine Guide if you’d like to read my first review of the Nexus One after a day going around with this smart phone glued to my palm. Right now, though, at the close of the […]

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There's a Nexus One In The Igloo Now…

And so, it came, in a nondescript brown parcel, hailing from Houston, Texas… Much smaller than a bread box, but oh-so-handsomely packaged in a crisp, white carton… Ah, yes, our Nexus One has arrived! Note the cute little bot on the carrying case. Note that great big screen on that little tiny phone. And, if […]

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