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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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Here’s Why I Think Foursquare Can Be a Major Local Search Player

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on December 19, 2012 8 Comments
Here’s Why I Think Foursquare Can Be a Major Local Search Player

Imagine if Google re-ranked local businesses based on the time of day that the businesses are most popular with their customers… Google does a lot of customization of search results, mostly based on what you search for, what you click on, where you’re located, who you’re connected to socially, and things like that. See this [...]

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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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SBSM Mailbag: Does Google Normalize NAP Data? (Name, Address, Phone)

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on October 26, 2012 10 Comments
SBSM Mailbag: Does Google Normalize NAP Data? (Name, Address, Phone)

Earlier this week, I invited readers to submit questions that might become good topics for future articles … and you responded! A few of you submitted very specific questions about local SEO and local search, which would normally be fine except for the fact that I’m not doing much local SEO these days! So, for [...]

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Facebook: 12.8 Million Local Businesses Now Have Business Pages

Filed in Local Search, Social Media by Matt McGee on October 23, 2012 4 Comments
Facebook: 12.8 Million Local Businesses Now Have Business Pages

Facebook is announcing its 3rd-quarter financials today, and the conference call with investors included an update on how many small businesses have a Facebook business page. The quote, which came from COO Sheryl Sandberg, was as follows: 12.8 million local businesses have a Facebook business page. That’s a 16.4 percent increase from the 11 million [...]

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Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

You don’t have to be a Foursquare user to use Foursquare’s local search engine anymore. It’s open and live to anyone at foursquare.com/explore. And, by the way, Foursquare spruced up the look and feel not long ago and it looks terrific. I gave Foursquare Explore a pretty long writeup earlier this year when it moved [...]

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