David Mihm’s Local Search Ranking Factors 2012 just came out. In this time of chaotic Google Places/Google+ Local changes, you will want to be sure to read every word and bookmark it for future reference.

I was honored to be selected as a contributor again this year, along with a distinguished group of local marketing experts from around the world to share insights and opinions about the most important Google local ranking factors.


This year’s survey delved into more details about the affect social signals and finer points like review velocity have on the ranking algo.

If you deal with Google Places/Google+ Local SEO, then you know David’s Local Search Ranking Factors is considered THE holy grail for local search. Be sure to read it top to bottom, especially the wise comments from all the experts.

Oh and good luck getting anything else done today! 😉

PS Huge thanks go out again to David for coordinating everyone’s efforts and compiling all this data for the benefit of small businesses and the local marketing industry!

Here is the blog about about it if you want to read what folks are saying or want to weigh in. Local Search Ranking Factors, Vol. 5