Archive for the Local Search Category

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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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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