September Google Places Optimization Blog Archives

Local Search News – hReview Stars and Snippet Spam, Shrinking Local SERPs, Hide Address QA, New Citation Lists and More

Life is crazy and work is busy. I get it! But since some of you subscribe to the blog BUT don’t have the Local Search Community Forum RSS feed yet, I’m thinking some of you may have missed important posts from the Local Forum. I’ve been curating all the latest Local Search news and adding all my new Google+ Local content at the new Local Search Forum instead of this blog. So following, in no particular order, are just a few recent Google+ Local and Local SEO news posts and tips you may have missed.

Proud to Announce – Miriam Ellis Joins the Local Search Forum Team

I’m thrilled to announce that the Local Search Community is expanding and we just added my friend Miriam Ellis to the team. Most of you that have worked in Local for awhile know who Miriam is. She’s a fellow contributor with me over at David Mihms “Local Search Ranking Factors” and is the Local SEO Associate over at the SEOmoz Forum, plus you’ve likely read her blog…

Why Did my Google Local Ranking Drop? The Answer

The Local search algo is like a giant complicated puzzle. You can add some pieces (new citations) but then other factors can happen at around the same time, like getting dinged on the organic side for links OR competitors adding MORE new puzzle pieces than you did. Then when you add in the time delay between action and reaction, it can make it really hard to know exactly what’s causing ranking drops OR increases for that matter. Read on for more insights and the answer…

Mindblowing Google Maps Data – Inside Look at Ground Truth

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world’s best accurate maps. Maybe, like me, you are so focused on G+ Local business data that you never stop to think with wonder about the Google base map and how amazingly complex it must be for Google’s to organize all the world’s information on a map. fter reading this article I have new respect for Google maps and am kind of in awe really.

Dynamite Google Review Funnel Strategy – Video

I’ve known about a REALLY smart strategy my friend Matthew Hunt uses for awhile and wanted to share, but wasn’t sure it was public knowledge. He just blogged it and did a video so wanted to be sure you all see this. It’s a really slick way of funneling or trying to screen out negative reviews so they aren’t as likely to hit Google. AND this system gets that negative feedback directly to you, tied to the customers name & email, so you can fix your customer service problem AND make it right with the customer. BUT if the customers feedback is POSITIVE, then you funnel them to the reviews sites of your choosing on a really nice review page, that includes a video about HOW TO POST A REVIEW on whichever review site they select.

Local Search Roundup – FTC Complaints re Google Reviews, Places Category Bug, Local SEO Game, Lots More

Between end of summer vacations and back to school craziness, I’m thinking some of you, may have missed important posts from the Local Search Forum. So here is a roundup of some of the latest hot topics and helpful updates. I’ve been posting all new content at the new Local Search Forum because it’s so much easier to have discussions, organize content and build community on a forum platform instead of a blog. BUT I apologize to my blog readers for not doing a better job of communicating things here as well. So following, in no particular order, are some important recent Google+ Local and Local SEO links you may have missed.