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Google Testing Showing Reviews in Local Search and Maps Results

Google Testing Showing Reviews in Local Search and Maps Results

On December 11, 2017, I discovered something new in Google’s local search results and also in the Maps results – reviews are displaying for some types of businesses. This appears to be a test at the moment, so who knows if it will roll out to all

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Google Local Results aka Map Packs Change November 2017 for Personal Injury Lawyers

Google Local Results aka Map Packs Change November 2017 for Personal Injury Lawyers

The Google Local Results are called a variety of things – the Maps Results, the 3 pack, the Snack Pack, the Trifecta, you name it. They are constantly changing. On November 22, 2017, a significant change took place affecting personal injury lawyers. Please keep in mind this

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Google Local and Yelp Still List Businesses as Open after Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Harvey

Google Local and Yelp Still List Businesses as Open after Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Harvey

During Holidays such as Labor Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day Yelp and Google give business owners the ability to set “special hours”. They both added this feature around late 2015, back when I wrote How to Add your Business’s Holiday Hours to Google Maps. Since many

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Spam Alive and Well in Bing Local in August 2017

Spam Alive and Well in Bing Local in August 2017

Today I spent a little bit of time poking around in Bing’s local results. I rarely visit Bing although I do drop by from time to time to stay on top of how they are ranking what and to check in on their local results. Looking at

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Google Local Pack at Bottom of Search Results Pages in July 2017

Google Local Pack at Bottom of Search Results Pages in July 2017

Today I was punching in a very random search and noticed the local pack down at the bottom of Google’s search engine results page (SERP). The local pack popped up underneath position #8, with 2 more organic listings underneath the pack. I was able to duplicate this

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Google My Business Chatbots – Coming Soon?

Google My Business Chatbots - Coming Soon?

The Bing Business Bot is here and it is likely only a matter of time before Google rolls out their version of a chatbot which will likely be called something like the Google My Business Chatbot or Google Places Chatbot. Who knows! I do wonder if it

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Bing Business Pages Get Chatbots via The Bing Business Bot

Bing Business Pages Get Chatbots via The Bing Business Bot

According to some Twitter chatter and a Search Engine Land article, Bing business pages now serve up chatbots. This comes in addition to Bing’s current offerings such as “directions”, “menu” and “online ordering”. The Chatbots are currently available only to restaurants after a test in Seattle Washington

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What Is a Yelp Active Cleanup Alert?

What Is a Yelp Active Cleanup Alert?

A Yelp”Active Cleanup Alert” is displayed by Yelp when Yelp’s user support team sees signs of controversial, media-fueled activity on a business page. The Active Cleanup Alert prevents users from leaving reviews and directs Yelp users to post any and all thoughts on “Yelp Talk”, Yelp’s open

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Images come to Some Google Local 3 Packs on Desktop March 2017

Images come to Some Google Local 3 Packs on Desktop March 2017

I have been documenting here the recent changes taking place in Google Local 3 Packs this year. As of March 16, 2017, I am now seeing on desktop what I previously only noticed in Mobile search results: images in the local pack. Here is a screenshot I

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Images come to Some Google Local 4 Packs March 2017

Images come to Some Google Local 4 Packs March 2017

I have written about the new images appearing in local packs quite a few times now. Google first began testing this in January 2017. They also began testing “4 packs” (3 local results + 1 ad) in mobile search results this year too. Now I am finally

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Google Testing Images in Local 3 Pack Again in March 2017

Google Testing Images in Local 3 Pack Again in March 2017

Google is again experimenting with the local 3 pack and testing images in mobile search. The local results have historically displayed images for hotels and restaurants but I have seen it popping up for other local businesses here and there. This was first discovered by me back

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Ads in Local 4 Packs Now Showing for Attorneys and Optometrists

Ads in Local 4 Packs Now Showing for Attorneys and Optometrists

Google has been testing a 4 pack for a while now (a local 3 pack with 1 ad) and I had a feeling the 4 packs may arrive in 2017. It looks like they could be here. The tests Google previously ran only lasted 30 minutes or

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Google Showing Business Images in Local 3 Pack Early 2017

Google Showing Business Images in Local 3 Pack Early 2017

Here’s a weird one for you. Instead of a phone and “call” feature in the local 3 pack, I discovered a new one with business images. I was on mobile and accidentally used google.com instead of google.com.au. Searching from Google Australia (google.com.au) brings up a normal 3

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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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