Life is crazy and work is busy. I get it! But since some of you subscribe to the blog, and don’t have the forum RSS feed yet, I’m thinking some of you may have missed important posts from the Local Search Community Forum.

Grab the Local Search Community RSS Feed here OR click the link to RECENT POSTS for the latest up-do-date news and tips in the Local Search space.

I’ve been curating all the latest Local Search news and adding all my new Google+ Local content at the new Local Search Community 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 a few recent Google+ and Local SEO news stories and tips you may have missed.

Dominate Google Local Serps or Rich Snippet & Author Spam? – Controversial post with awesome screenshot of Google search where one local Dr dominates top 4 spots all with hReview stars and Author markup image in SERPs.

G+ Local Edits Showing Quickly – Many don’t realize, one of the benefits to merging your G+ Local and G+ business page is SOMETIMES faster edit times. Click to read the deets.

LQQK – Incredible Shrinking Local SERPS & Traffic Drops – Google results have morphed and changed over the years. The blended local results are now so stripped down and barren of details, it’s no wonder click-through and call rates are declining. The following screen shots and stats below tell the story. I’d almost rather have an organic listing now. (OR better yet how about best of both worlds – a DOUBLE page one ranking with both organic AND a blended listings – ya that’s the ticket!)

50 Local SEO Lessons Phil Learned from 50 Local SEO Clients – HOT HOT tips from Phil Rosek!

Hide Your Address on Google Places Q & A – Folks are still confused about this. I answer some of the questions in an easy to digest Q & A format.

55 Largest Local Business Directories + the Top Citation Sources in US

Wow – Google Maps has Team of Over 7000 – Apple is Hiring Up

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