Earlier this month, Google started slowly rolling out the new Google Places For Business Dashboard which includes an updated interface, deeper integration with Plus, and a promise of faster updates. The dashboard is now available to all new users in the U.S. To help better understand the new features, we have compiled a great list of resources on this much-needed updated.
Improving the look and feel of Google Places for Business – Google – Qasar Younis
More details about the improved look and feel of Google Places for Business – Google – Joel Headley
Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Local business owners! Interested in learning how to gain sustainable search rankings, better local visibility online, and access to a potential boatload of new customers?
I thought so.
Luckily, Local University and the great team of internet marketers behind it are beginning their 2013 schedule and are ready to spill the beans on their top-notch tips and tricks for seo, local search, and internet marketing success. Search Influence has been involved in Local University and GetListed from the beginning and is proud to be presenting again this year.[Read more]
Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Back in June, Linda Buquet posted a great piece detailing Google’s new policy on practice and practitioner listings. In that piece, there was a direct email response from Google stating that “…at the moment we do not remove or merge individual practitioners.” Now it seems that there is a split from this policy if the practitioner is the sole practitioner at the practice. However, Google isn’t exactly being straightforward in how best to handle these particular practitioner and practice listings.[Read more]
Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012
With Apple in position to steal some of Google’s mobile maps glory, the search giant is starting down a warpath. By boasting to the BBC about the superiority of Google Maps and touting their fancy Ground Truth technology that uses Street View data as an additional factor in verifying Maps data, Google is giving a clear message that they are not taking the replacement lying down.[Read more]
Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Over the past couple of months, there has been a great deal of hysteria surrounding the unnatural link warnings being sent out in Google Webmaster Tools. These warnings and the release of Google’s Penguin update mean that now is definitely the time to start trying to “act natural” with your link-building methods. While I don’t have any major revelations about this alarming issue, I have been following it rather closely and have some informative posts on the subject to share.[Read more]
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Virtual offices have many uses. They are great for having a professional space to meet a client when you don’t have an office in the area. They can also be really useful if you are searching for a permanent office space and need somewhere to get business done in the meantime. However, using a virtual office address in a Google Places business listing is not something that will benefit your business. In fact, this practice technically goes against Google’s guidelines and could end up hurting your rankings in the long run.[Read more]
Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Google is feeding local business owners to the wolves with their latest Places update. Lior Ron, Google Places Product Manger, announced yesterday evening that Google will be “helping” business owners keep their business listings updated by now allowing anyone, mischievous competitors included, to edit your entire Places listing for you. Yes, even if it is verified.
How… thoughtful of Google.[Read more]
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011
Dealing with local SEO from an international perspective can be quite the challenge. And, if you haven’t been keeping up with your Rosetta Stone lessons, it can get ugly fast. But here at Search Influence, we love a good challenge.
Our current goal is to improve an international client’s local rankings for their collection of Playa del Carmen hotels and condos. Now, if this would have been a U.S. or Canadian based client, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, but taking local SEO to the land of the Aztecs and the Mayas certainly added a twist of lime to my typical local cocktail. The local SEO landscape of Mexico hasn’t been as thoroughly developed as it’s other North American neighbors. To give you an idea of how uncharted this territory is, Google Maps is still in beta testing for Mexico. This means there is a good deal of room for error, so you have to make sure to bring your A-game.[Read more]
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Google Isn’t Bowing Down
So, in case you haven’t heard, there was a major update to Google Places late last week. My Friday was filled with confusion, frustration and a feeling of something worse to come. It was sort of like a David Lynch movie with a Local twist. Now that the smoke has cleared, one question remains. What is Google up to?
Before I get into the possible reasons for this update, here is a rundown of the most prominent changes that have been made to business listings on Google Places.
- Google reviews are the only ones to include snippets now.
Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011
The realm of Local SEO can be a complex, frustrating land. A fruitful, popular land but a land where seemingly easy obstacles can quickly turn into uphill battles. And, if your client happens to be in a country other than the U.S, that hilly jog transforms into a trek up Everest… without a Sherpa.
Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011