April Google Places Optimization Blog Archives

Google Places & Local Search Buzz – Issue #1 April 27 2012

Introducing the Google Places & Local Search Buzz – A new weekly roundup of the most important tips and news in the world of Google Places and Local SEO.

Google Places Forum Help, Hot Tips, Warnings, Bugs, Blunders – Issue #2

This is post #2 in an ongoing series where I attempt to surface the very most important threads from the Google Places forum to ensure you don’t miss any important updates, issues, bugs or fixes. Important stuff, so scan and find the issues that could affect your listings.

Only 10 Google Places Listings The Rest are GONE – Bug or MAJOR Change?

UPDATE: 4/24 10 AM – I just was doing some testing and noticed this has been fixed. I’m in Socal – Please check and let me know if it’s working from wherever you are. UPDATE: 4/19 8PM – Vanessa just confirmed it’s just a bug, not by design. Engineers are working on a fix.

BrightLocal Free Local SEO Tools Webinar PLUS 50 Free Citation Tracker Credits

Learn how to get the most from BrightLocal in 60 minutes! BrightLocal is offering a Free Local SEO tools webinar this week. They’ll do a walk through of all their live tools and provide an update on new tools & features that are planned for April & May. PLUS they are giving away 50 FREE Citation Tracker credits to existing customers right now

Google Places Forum – Tips, Warnings, Bugs, Bloopers, Blunders

In my Advanced Places Optimization Training, one of the things I tell consultants and SEO companies I train is that scanning the forum DAILY is crucial to Google Places success. That’s how you can stay up-to-date on Google Places changes, bugs, new penalties, ranking tips and learn to navigate some of the Places minefields. But it’s hard to make time to read every post, especially for marketing companies that don’t live and breathe Google Places exclusively.

Google Encouraging More User Edits on Google Place Pages

Google just added a new button front and center that says Edit this Place. So I guess they are encouraging even more user edits and crowd sourcing of Places data. See the screen shot and my concerns below it. Funny inconsistencies in messaging too.

BrightLocal Adds Hot New Features to Local Search Rank Checker

The HOT NEW update just launched and the new ranking comparison reports are live. So now you can show clients a comparison of the results 3 months ago before you started their campaign and today! PLUS they added white-label online reports and MORE! See below and watch the video too.

Google Places LIVE – Join the Hangout Wednesday

Have a question for the leaders of the Google Places team? Ask in the comments at the link below. This is also where you go to post your questions, join in or stream the event.