Local Search

Restaurants are Top Local Search Category, YP Says; U.S. South Dominates Local Search Activity

Filed in Local Search, Statistics by Matt McGee on July 5, 2012 3 Comments
Restaurants are Top Local Search Category, YP Says; U.S. South Dominates Local Search Activity

This is probably no surprise: Restaurants are the most oft-searched local search category in North America. That’s from YP’s latest Local Insights Report, which Greg Sterling wrote about today on Search Engine Land, and can be downloaded directly (PDF) for your own reading enjoyment. YP’s data include 563 million searches across a local ad network […]

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New Google Local Search Ranking Factors is Now Available

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on June 11, 2012 0 Comments
New Google Local Search Ranking Factors is Now Available

This is just a quick note for my readers interested in local search that the annual “bible” of local SEO is now available. David Mihm has published the fifth version of the Local Search Rankings Factors, which specifically looks at what it takes to get visibility in Google’s local search results. You can, and should, […]

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Google+ Local Page: Already in Top Ten

Filed in Local Search, SEO by Matt McGee on June 5, 2012 5 Comments
Google+ Local Page: Already in Top Ten

As I was saying about Google+ Local Pages ranking well, there’s this: My wife’s Google+ Local page is already ranking on page one. It has no inbound links that I’m aware of, but I’m gonna give it one now and see what happens over time. I suspect it’ll pass that Active Rain profile soon enough. […]

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Google Places Marries Google+, Gives Birth To New Google+ Local Pages

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on May 30, 2012 22 Comments
Google Places Marries Google+, Gives Birth To New Google+ Local Pages

Say goodbye to Google Place Pages, and say hello to Google+ Local Pages. That’s the name for Google’s new baby — a result of the marriage, or merger, of Google Places and Google+. It’s the main part of several related announcements today from Google. As I’m writing this late Tuesday night, there’s no link yet […]

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How NOT To Get Good Reviews in Google Places

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on May 21, 2012 2 Comments
How NOT To Get Good Reviews in Google Places

The topic of fake reviews in Google Places (which has been around for what seems like forever) is getting airtime on Denver TV. KMGH (Channel 7) in Denver ran a story over the weekend about something that’s no secret to anyone following local search/reviews — small businesses can hire companies to post fake positive reviews. […]

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Why I’m Not Sure Google Will “Nail” the Places-Plus Integration

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on May 18, 2012 3 Comments
Why I’m Not Sure Google Will “Nail” the Places-Plus Integration

David Mihm wrote an epic post earlier this week about the eventual merge/integration of Google Places and Google Plus. (It would help if you read that post before continuing on here.) He lays out a number of ways the two could be combined and suggests how the integrated product could benefit small and local business […]

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