Archive for the SEO: Local Search Category

Google Testing Ads in Local Results and 4 packs in 2017

Google Testing Ads in Local Results and 4 packs in 2017

I have heard rumors that people have seen ads in Google Local / 3 packs in January 2017. As first mentioned here on Nov 10, 2016, this is likely on the way. I did take some more screenshots I noticed affecting attorneys and law firms late on

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Your new setting options in Google My Business – December 2016

Your new setting options in Google My Business - December 2016

Today business owners received an email titled “Your new setting options in Google My Business”. It is a legitimate email from Google. However, this email is sure to confuse pretty much everyone who reads it, even me. This is what the email says: Hello, This is an

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Google Testing Ads in Local Map Results in Late 2016

Google Testing Ads in Local Map Results in Late 2016

November 10, 2016, an ad was spotted in Google’s local maps search results, sometimes called the “local pack” or “3 pack”. This is what the ad looked like (Image credit goes to the person who spotted this). As you can see, the ad in the local pack

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Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

In a previous life I owned an IT related business which had a brick and mortar location. Prior to selling this company I became well acquainted with local search when Google introduced it. These days I pay even more attention to it; thankfully, at this point in

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Creative Uses of Pokemon GO for Content and Internet Marketing

Creative Uses of Pokemon GO for Content and Internet Marketing

On July 12, 2016, I put the article up titled Epic Local SEO and Content Tip for Pokémon Go. The tip was to basically create relevant and local content around Pokemon GO. A few people followed through with this and were rewarded with sweet, juicy Internet love

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Google Maps App Pushing Ratings with Reviews Optional – July 2016

Google Maps App Pushing Ratings with Reviews Optional - July 2016

Overlooking the Atlantic is a great little restaurant called Daddy Mac’s.  If you are ever on Topsail Island, NC, go there for lunch. The wait times at dinner are crazy but at lunch you can slip right in. I personally grab an IPA and a soft shell

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Bing Places for Business Listings Expire Every 6 Months

Bing Places for Business Listings Expire Every 6 Months

Believe it or not, it is July 2016, and every 6 months, your business listing with Bing will get screwed up and stop displaying the hours which your business is open. If you do not proactively update your business hours, you will receive an email from Bing

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How To Add Your Business Pokestop to Yelp

How To Add Your Business Pokestop to Yelp

If you are one of the businesses to have been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be located in a Pokestop, you can now add this information to Yelp. (Related: Can my Business be a Pokémon Go Pokéstop?) Will this even be a thing? I asked someone today

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How To Remove Pokemon From Your Business Location

How To Remove Pokemon From Your Business Location

In the last week since Pokemon GO was released hundreds of business owners from all over the world have been asking me how they can become a Pokestop and deploy Pokelure to attract Pokemon, and of course, people. But, some people are busy enough, do not have

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Can my Business be a Pokémon Go Pokéstop?

Can my Business be a Pokémon Go Pokéstop?

As someone who owned a brick and mortar location for 13 years I understand why an entrepreneur my want more people coming in the door (or not coming in). If you’ve been under a rock for the last … few days … then you’ve missed out on

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Organic Ranking but no Local Search 3 Pack Listings

Organic Ranking but no Local Search 3 Pack Listings

Today folks, I am going to let you in on a secret; one of which I have rarely shared, only with select friends and clients. Due to the title of this article, I bet very few people will even see this post. But, as of 2016, there

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Google Ads Showing Businesses Above Map & Local Results on Mobile June 2016

While searching from my Android phone using Google Chrome on June 27, 2016, I noticed something new.. Ads displaying about the map and local results in Google mobile search. I googled around and there has been chatter about this for 4 or 5 days now, so this

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Leaving Reviews on Google no longer requires Google Plus

Leaving Reviews on Google no longer requires Google Plus

This could be too little too late but it is a step in the right direction. For years Google forced people who left reviews to be signed into Google+. Unfortunately, Google+ never took off and is mostly overrun with spam. With Yelp absolutely crushing the review scene

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How To Get your Ad in Google Maps

How To Get your Ad in Google Maps

Tonight I am setting up multiple clients with AdWords Location Extensions. Location Extensions is a form of Google AdWords which allow you to get your business ad in Google Maps. This is what the ads look like when people are performing a search and click through from

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Google Home Service Ads Expand to Sacramento CA April 2016

Google just announced that their Home Service Ads (HSA) have no expanded to Sacramento CA. This means locksmiths, plumbers and HVAC repair people can use the ads to get more business. Of course, they’ll have to pay Google for this special version of AdWords Express. Home Service

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Finding the Correct Schema Local Business Type for JSON-LD

Finding the Correct Schema Local Business Type for JSON-LD

Looking for your local business type for Schema markup? Below you will find a list of current local business types. This is the type of business as defined by Schema’s “LocalBusiness” property. This list was last updated February 2016. To see a current list feel free to

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What Schema Markup and JSON-LD Means for Local Business in 2016

What Schema Markup and JSON-LD Means for Local Business in 2016

2016 is here and it’s time to end the majority confusion for Schema. What is Schema Markup? Schema Markup is code that can be added to your website which supplies search engines with specific data about your content. As of February 2016, the there are 642 types

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Methods People Use to Spam Google Local in 2016

Methods People Use to Spam Google Local in 2016

For 13 years I owned a brick and mortar location and I absolutely hated it when people cheated the system just to show up in Google local maps results. My business was the most experienced and highest rated and it made me boil when some jerk-off from

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Google Adds Business Hours to Local Search Results

Google Adds Business Hours to Local Search Results

December 10, 2015 I noticed something brand new in Google Local Search Results: Opening and closing times. It appears that Google recently added business hours to places which display in local search. Here’s a screenshot for “Restaurants Raleigh NC”: Prior to this change Google simply displayed “Closed

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Users Unable to Manage Yahoo Local Business Listing with Yext

Users Unable to Manage Yahoo Local Business Listing with Yext

On November 10, 2015, Yext took over the massive responsibility of handling every business’s free Yahoo Local Business Listing. According to Yahoo: “Yahoo is partnering with Yext to deliver an even better Local Listings experience. Your listing will still be powered on Yahoo and you’ll have the

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