October Google Places Optimization Blog Archives

Local Search and Google+ Local News Highlights – Oct 31 2012

Happy Halloween! Today might be a good day for you to take a break and get caught up on the latest local SEO and Google+ Local news. Following are just a few October posts I hand picked and think are some of the most important to read.

Just Launched – New Local Search Community Member Perks

Today is our 3 month anniversary at the Local Search Forum. Can you believe this thriving community is only 3 months old? Wow! It’s been a crazy whirlwind of activity that has resulted in over 4,000 posts and almost 400 members. To celebrate our 3 month milestone we wanted to add 3 new member perks!

Local Search and Google+ Local News Highlights

Busy week? Today might be a good day for you to take a break and get caught up on the latest local SEO and Google+ Local news from the Local Search Community Forum you may have missed. Following are just a few October posts I hand picked and think are some of the most important to read. Also see BIG HEADs UP.

New Local SEO Tools – Local Search Software Forum Just Launched

The Local Search Forum is just over 2 months old, but we’ve been experiencing rapid growth due to the overwhelming support of the local search community. The forum has expanded to the point already where it’s getting hard for folks to find the info they need. So we need to start to splitting off some more forums to help keep everything organized and easy to find. So I just launched the new Local SEO Tools – Local Search Software Forum…

Warning: New Google Guidelines Local SEOs Must Know – Could Cause Penalties

Google just updated many of the Google Guidelines. Since the blended algo is primarily about organic, Local search consultants need to keep up with the changes and comply, just as you do with the Google Places Guidelines. See RED highlights for IMPORTANT Guideline changes for LOCAL I want to alert you to and discuss. If your site dropped, this likely why.

Minnesota Lynx Google+ Page Deleted – A Cautionary Tale

The Minnesota Lynx basketball team proudly announced their Google+ page was the 1st WNBA team page to be verified! They had over 30,000 followers and tons of content. Then on Sunday the Lynx verified Google+ page was DELETED. All their content and 30,000 fans in their circles – GONE. Google told them they would have to start over. Read the cautionary tale & find out what happened

Google Missing Listings – Do Not Support Location Update

A huge number of small business listings have been deleted by Google for violating the Hide your Address Rule. Months later Google has been unable to bring many of the listings back EVEN ONES THAT WERE MISTAKENLY DELETED AND WERE IN COMPLIANCE. I pushed Google for an update and requested an official statement. SEE UPDATE – LAST QUOTE

Local Keyword Tools PLUS New Google Algo Updates Affecting LOCAL Results

See all the screenshots and discover some LOCAL keyword research techniques you may have missed. PLUS a few new algo updates recently rolled out and some ARE affecting local. (Including NEW PANDA update.)

Local Exact Match Domains Still Rank – Google Algo Update

All weekend the forums and blogs were atwitter with the news and lots of webmasters have reported getting hit by the algo change. Here are posts at Search Engine Land, SEOmoz and over at WebmasterWorld the discussion is up to 15 pages so far. I was involved in a few of those conversations, plus others, trying to determine the impact on local and have not seen evidence of it. I did quite a bit of research over the weekend and here are just a few of the local EMDs I found still sitting in top spots…