December Google Places Optimization Blog Archives

Happy Holidays from Catalyst and the Local Search Team

Happy Holidays & Season’s Greetings

Google+ and Local Search Buzz – Major Google Local Updates December 2012

There have been so many important topics at the Local Search Commmunity Forum, I don’t I have time to cover them all. Some MAJOR Google updates for local, big issues you need to read. Plus lots of insightful advice if your local search consulting business is struggling. Plus some bugs and display changes for local.

Top Advice and Predictions for Local SEO in 2013

What were the biggest changes to Local SEO in 2012? What do experts predict is coming for Google+ Local in 2013? What’s the best advice for the coming year? And let’s throw in some CRACKPOT Google+ Local predictions too!

I was recently interviewed by Myles from BrightLocal, along with thought leaders Mike Blumenthal, Mike Ramsey and Laura Betterly. Read the link below to discover our answers to the questions below.

12 Most Important Local Search Blog Posts of 2012

There were several defining moments in local search in the year 2012; The update to Google+ Local, the ability to merge your Place page with your Google+ Business page (still not ready for prime time), the Google Local review problems and the thousands of small businesses deleted by Google due to the service area/hide your address fiasco. Following are my picks for the best local search blogs posts of 2012.

Google Now Features Frommers Content on Google+ Local Pages

Has anyone else seen these big rich descriptions above the “At A Glance” section of Google+ Local pages before? I think this is new. Have not seen anyone blog it yet. When Google acquired Frommers, the travel guide, back in August there was speculation about how Google would use/integrate all their rich travel content. It looks like they recently started adding Frommers content to Google+ Local pages.