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A Tour of the New Google Maps [15 Screenshots]

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on May 19, 2013 7 Comments
A Tour of the New Google Maps [15 Screenshots]

Google announced an overhaul to Google Maps at last week’s Google I/O conference and, judging from what I saw on screen during the keynote, it looked very spiffy. It also looked like a pretty substantial change from the existing Google Maps, so I’ve been anxious to find time to sit down and give it a [...]

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Google Finally Starts to Kill Zagat Scores

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on May 17, 2013 0 Comments
Google Finally Starts to Kill Zagat Scores

I wish you could’ve seen my face on Wednesday during the keynote at Google I/O. My eyes lit up big and bold and I’m sure my mouth opened wide while I wondered, “Did I just really see and hear them kill Zagat scores?” Indeed, I did. Google even announced it on their blog, too. This, [...]

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Google Starts Upgrading Local Business Dashboard

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on April 3, 2013 2 Comments
Google Starts Upgrading Local Business Dashboard

Just a quick note for anyone who may have missed it: Google has started upgrading the Google Places dashboard with some stronger ties to the new Google+ Local experience. I did a fairly brief overview of what’s new on Search Engine Land. And there are some other articles I recommend: Google’s Joel Headley gives a [...]

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Google Was Definitely Violating Its Own Review Policy

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on January 15, 2013 0 Comments
Google Was Definitely Violating Its Own Review Policy

Via Mike Blumenthal comes word that Google has again/further clarified its stance on incentivizing reviews with this response in the Help forums: … it is against our reviews guidelines to trade money for reviews … That’s in response to a question about a Minnesota plumber that asks customers to leave reviews online, then chooses one [...]

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Local Businesses Look Great on the New Google Maps for iOS

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on December 14, 2012 4 Comments
Local Businesses Look Great on the New Google Maps for iOS

In the short time I’ve played with the new Google Maps app for iOS, I’ve become really happy with how the local business listings look. Have you seen them? Agree/Disagree? I like the interface, the look and feel and the way the information is organized. Some screenshots below, but first a quick comparison to Apple [...]

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I Was Hit by Google’s Panda Algorithm … Twice

Filed in Google, MY BEST POSTS, SEO by Matt McGee on November 9, 2012 21 Comments
I Was Hit by Google’s Panda Algorithm … Twice

You may have noticed that I haven’t published anything here during the past week. There are two reasons for that: extreme busy-ness, and testing my Google search traffic level More specifically, I was testing to see if my Google traffic would continue to rise without any new posts. My logic: If it did, then I’d [...]

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