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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local News Digest

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 8:37am by Linda Buquet

There is a lot of important new Google Local information you need to know about in this roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 9:34am by Linda Buquet

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 9:34am by Linda Buquet

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 8:10am by Linda Buquet

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web.

There is some very important info in the top few posts!

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 9:05am by Linda Buquet

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web. This is just a small sampling of posts from the last 2 weeks, so gives you an idea of how much you are missing, if you are not subscribed to the forum or reading it daily.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Goodbye Places For Business – Hello Google My Business!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 8:47am by Linda Buquet

The biggest update in Google Local history happens NOW!

GoogleMyBusinessNEW

Google “My Business” Launches Today!

This launch signifies a major investment in local businesses, and stabilizes the Google local business foundation for the future.

SUMMARY: Complete rebranding, new unified dashboard and TONs of new upgrades! See full announcement with screenshots, new feature list and all the new Google My Business resources at the Local Search Forum link below.

Click for Google “My Business” Announcement!

MyBusinessMedium

Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 9:12am by Linda Buquet

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google+ Local news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web. This is just a small sampling of posts from the last 2 weeks, so gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed or reading the forum daily.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 9:13am by Linda Buquet

Here is the latest roundup of Local Search news, Google+ Local issues, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web.

This one is a sampling of hand picked posts over just week or so – not even a full weekly roundup. So it gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed or reading the forum daily.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
5 new posts have come in since I started formatting this post. So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I post all news at the forum not the blog now. So stay informed. Grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 8:44am by Linda Buquet

Here is the latest roundup of Local Search news, Google+ Local issues, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web.

This one is a sampling of hand picked posts over just 2 days – not even a full weekly roundup. So it gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed or reading the forum daily.

GoogleBuzz

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
7 new posts have come in since I started formatting this post. So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post. Head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

I seldom post to the blog now. So to be sure you don’t miss any news, grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to DAILY EMAIL DIGEST.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO Daily Digest

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:17pm by Linda Buquet

There have been so many great topics at the Local Search Forum & around the web that get buried. I know many of you suffer from info overload, so here is the latest roundup.

This one is a partial Daily Digest, not just weekly best picks. So it gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed or reading the forum daily. (However I don’t think I can keep up with posting daily digest here on the blog, so this is just likely going to be a test or teaser.)

GoogleBuzz

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

Google+ Is Walking Dead Cuz Vic Gundotra is Leaving Google? Bunk!

Is Google+ Local a SHE or a HE? Proof it’s a SHE!

Compelling Local Search Competitive Analysis, Using Google+

Local SEO Strategy for Multi-Location Businesses

Google Stars Leaked – Rumored to Launch Soon?

How to check if a website has a KML sitemap?

Big List of Local SEO Tools

Can small sites rank better than larger sites that have more traffic?

Is Neustar/Localeze worth $297/

Study says Schema Markup displays in 36% of Google Search results

Exciting Google Review News – Reviews in the Knowledge Panel

Critical 4 Local – Author Rank, Publisher & Author Markup – What you NEED to Know

Google + local page and home address issue

Google Removing Reviews from “A Zagat User” Could Affect Review Counts

UPDATE: 14 new posts have come in since I wrote this yesterday. So there are updates at the forum that aren’t in this post.

I seldom post to the blog now. So to be sure you don’t miss any news, grab the
local search news feedForum RSS Feed or subscribe to daily EMAIL Digest. Or head over to the forum right now & check out “recent posts” for the very latest news & tips.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO Roundup 4/17/2014

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 8:43am by Linda Buquet

There have been so many great topics at the Local Search Forum & around the web that get buried. I know many of you suffer from info overload, so here is the latest roundup of the most important recent posts.

GoogleBuzz

REMINDER: I post news at the Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!

I only post to the blog now occasionally, as I get time. So be sure to grab the local search news feedLocal Search Forum RSS Feed or head over to check out “recent posts“.

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

Google Hack to Discover Google Local Penalties
RED HOT DISCOVERY by forum member Broland. MUST READ!

Google+ Local “People Talk About” Section…where is it coming from??
OH, the damage that Google can do to a small business with this one.
See examples inside!

Google+ Posts in the Local Knowledge Graph Showing – How To & Examples
See the screenshots and learn how!

Google Local Spam Expose by Dan Austin at Whitespark
Super good write up about the problem and what Google is doing about it.

Google Places Guidelines – Reading Between the Lines and Changes
Pretty much a must read!

The Local Search Puzzle – Illustrated
Simple overview of the how the local algo works you can share with clients.

Local Ranking Blueprint – Prioritize for Success
Great presentation with awesome tips by Darren Shaw @SearchLove

Congrats to New Google Top Contributor – Colan Nielsen!
YAY team!

Hardcore Video SEO Resources with a Local Search Emphasis
Previous post, but more resources added.

Leverage Google+! Behind the Scenes of Profiles & Posts
– The technical stuff you may not know that can help with exposure and engagement.

10 tidbits on how to bring more traffic to your G+ pages: MOZ
Another great post filled with G+ tips.

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Local Search Buzz – Google+ Local SEO Roundup 4/8/2014

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 8:24am by Linda Buquet

There have been so many great topics at the Local Search Forum & around the web that get buried. I know many of you suffer from info overload, so I’m going to start trying once again to do roundups of the most important recent posts.

GoogleBuzz

REMINDER: I post ALL News at Local Search Forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
I only post to the blog now occasionally, as I get time. So be sure to grab the local search news feedLocal Search Forum RSS Feed or head over to check out “recent posts“.

Google+ Local and Local SEO Tips, Tricks and News

Google Publishes Guidelines for Local Sites & Location Landing Pages

Google Local Algo Change or Did Spam Filters Get Dropped?

Local Search Hangouts & Webinars that Rock! Gold Nuggets Inside

Local SEO Ranking Puzzle + Important Lesson!

Troubleshoot: Rank High in Organic but Drop out of the Pack?

What To Do When The Sh*t Hits The (Organic) SEO Fan

Ultimate Guide to Google Business View (Previously Google Business Photos)

Local SEO – It’s No Laughing Matter – Greg Gifford

The Psychology of the Perfect Google+ Local Cover Photo – Phil Rozek

Perfect Local Review Strategy – Phil Rozek

Local SEO – It’s Not Rocket Science! Greg Gifford

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Latest Google+ Local SEO News from the Local Search Community

Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 8:22am by Linda Buquet

Most recent posts from the Local Search Forum

Click here to read the latest news and updates and to ask questions or join the discussion! (Sorry Feedburner auto-updating script is broken.)

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Hot! Easy Way to Create a Dynamic Google+ Badge for Your Site or Blog

Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 9:19am by Linda Buquet

Are you starting to see cool Google+ badges on other sites and blogs? Can’t figure out how to make a badge for yourself or clients? I just found out how and wanted to share with you.

Details here: How To Make A Google Plus Profile Badge For Your Blog

So I took Sonia’s advice and played around with it. You can adjust size, orientation, background and more. Below are some Google+ badges I created. Just took a couple minutes. COOL!

Vertical


Horizontal


With cover photo if you have one. (Mine is not well suited to this)


With dark background


Again, you need to be logged into the Google account you want to create a badge for first. Then go to Google’s Developer Page.

Want 1+ buttons, or small follow buttons or interactive post widgets? They are right there too. Left column under ‘Websites’.

WOW, I honestly have not checked my followers and didn’t even notice the number til now. Over 4700 Followers? REALLY??? Had no idea. Guess with that in mind, I should try to post to G+ more often. ;-)

Hat tip to forum member, David Deering for sharing with me on G+.

Discussion & questions in this thread at the Local Search Forum.

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Latest Google+ Local SEO News from the Local Search Community

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 10:08am by Linda Buquet

Most recent posts from the Local Search Forum

Click here to read the latest news and updates and to ask questions or join the discussion! (Sorry Feedburner auto-updating script is broken.)

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FREE Webinar: “State of Local Search” Mike Blumenthal, Andrew Shotland, Phil Rozek, BrightLocal, Linda Buquet

Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 9:51am by Linda Buquet

InsideLocal: Expert Webinar Seriesis a new series of FREE educational events designed for the Local Search industry. Below is the kick-off webinar we have coming July 10th. Thereafter these free webinars will be held twice per month.

1st Webinar: ‘State of Local Search’ (July 10th)

Local search is a complex and ever changing marketing channel. It’s essential for SMBs and consultants to stay on top of the latest changes & opportunities and learn how to use them to best serve their business and clients’ businesses.

In this 90 minute webinar we take an in-depth look at the latest, burning issues in local search. We ask our panel of local experts to give their invaluable insights, opinions and tips which will help you in your daily work. You can put your questions direct to the experts and benefit 1st hand from their unique experience & knowledge.

Local Search Experts - Webinar Speakers

Topics:

  • New Google Places for Business Dashboard & updates
  • New Google ‘Carousel’ & algorithm updates 
  • Google+ Business updates, tips and insights 
  • Apple Maps Update & optimization tips

Each topic will be covered with a short presentation, debate and open Q&A session for attendees to ask their burning questions.

Speakers:

Hosts/Presenters:

  • Myles Anderson (BrightLocal.com)
  • Linda Buquet (Local Search Forum) 

Date & Time: July 10th 2pm EST/11am PST (90 minutes)

Book your webinar place now

About InsideLocal: Expert Webinar Series
BrightLocal & the Local Search Forum have teamed up to deliver an exciting series of local search focused webinars. The ‘InsideLocal’ webinar series explores the most important, most topical & most exciting areas of local search marketing.

Every 2 weeks we bring together some of the brightest minds in local search to share their insights, opinion and tips on a fresh topic. Over the course of the series we’ll cover latest changes in Google+ local, Google Places dashboard changes, changing search displays, shifting algorithms, maps, on-site optimization, citations tactics, review strategies & many more.

Comments Closed: Discussion at the Local Search Forum

Launching NOW – New Google Places Dashboard – All-in-one Local Listing Management

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 5:12pm by Linda Buquet

So excited to finally be able to announce the launch of the new Google Places Dashboard. YAY! This new All-in-One Google Local Listing Management Dashboard offers SOOOOO many significant advantages and yes the old dashboard is really going away. Tons of new info and screenshots below.

SNEAK PEEK – Click Image to see All the ScreenShots

FULL ANNOUNCEMENT, complete with all the screen shots, all new Google help docs FAQ and more at the Local Search Forum. Update rolling out now!

Sorry but blog comments are closed. All discussion takes place at the forum now.
Ask questions and read all the updates as they roll out, in this thread at the Local Search Forum.

MAJOR Google+ Local Updates & Positive Changes This Week

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 12:03pm by Linda Buquet

Wowser, Google is just hitting it out of the park with improvements this week. Much of this has been in the works on the back end for many months and I’m so happy to now be able to share the news and have been getting the word out.

REMINDER: I post ALL News at Local Search forum AS SOON AS IT HITS!
I only post to the blog now as an afterthought, as I get time.
So be sure to grab the local search news feedLocal Search Community RSS Feed

Major Google Local Review Improvements! Better Algo = More Reviews
Google has been hard at work over the past few months trying to fix and improve the review piece of the local puzzle. See big post from Google about it + amazing clarity from them about exactly what NOT to do if you want your LEGIT reviews to show up live.

HUGE NEWS! Phone Support for Google Local DATA Problems Just Launched Google just let us know they EXPANDED PHONE SUPPORT! Recently they tested phone support, that was only for Places verification problems. Now it’s available for data issues too. See screen shots and I’ll explain more below.

Lots more Inside - Click to Read

New Intensive ADVANCED Google+ Local TRAINING

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 9:02am by Linda Buquet

I just completely restructured and expanded
my intensive Advanced Google+ Local training program.

Doubled the time and added tons of content – without increasing the price.

There are so many important issues to explain now, like how to handle moves, do not support problems, etc. PLUS all the new G+ merge info that needs to be covered, there just was not time to address everything in 1 training session.

.:. Expanded from 2 to 4 hours
.:. Spit into 2 group training sessions over 2 days
.:. More content – Same price

GENERAL TRAINING INFO

ADVANCED Google+ Local TRAINING (For EXPERIENCED Local Search consultants only) This is not beginner Google+ Local training and we don’t have time to cover any 101 content in this course. This is advanced training. You need to have demonstrated hands-on experience to benefit from this knowledge.

The Advanced Google Places/Google+ Local training is delivered interactively via phone, personally by me. No canned content or videos.

SOME of the TOPICS COVERED and BONUSES INCLUDED…
Click link below for complete details, agenda, testimonials and more.
New Intensive ADVANCED Google+ Local TRAINING

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Get involved: 2013 Local SEO Industry Survey

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 10:32am by Linda Buquet

Over 1,150 SEOs took part in BrightLocal’s 2012 Local SEO Industry Survey.

Excited to announce the survey is back! Click here for the 2013 survey.

Understanding our Industry

The objective of the survey is to gain a clear understanding of the health & nature of the Local SEO industry. We will publicly share the results so everyone in our industry can benefit from the findings. The survey explores the following topics -

  • Annual turnover
  • Services & Prices
  • Sales & new business
  • Daily SEO tasks (‘likes’ & ‘hates’)
  • Client performance

Lots more Inside - Click to Read