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Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings

Apple, as I’m sure you’ve heard, made a number of major announcements this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Some of them were search-related. Apple’s browser, Safari, for example, is getting search functionality similar to Google’s Chrome, as well as …

Local SEO Factors: Survey Attempts To Rank 90 Of Them Local SEO Factors: Survey Attempts To Rank 90 Of Them
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Portland-based David Mihm Web Design put out the results of a big local search survey, attempting to rank the top 90 local search factors that influence a business’ local Google rankings. It’s an interesting list, but it’s hard to say …

Google+ Hangouts On Air Rolled Out To Everyone Google+ Hangouts On Air Rolled Out To Everyone
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Last month, Google announced that the Google+ Hangouts on Air feature was rolling out to all users. Today, Google says the roll out is now complete. Hangouts on Air lets Google+ users broadcast hangouts to anyone who wants to watch …

Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local

Last week, Google revealed Google+ Local, which appears to be about merging Google+ business pages with Google Places. Google says it wants to show you “everything you need to know” about it, and it will do so in a Workshop …

Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses
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Google has big plans for local businesses, and making billions for itself in the process. Google announced a major Google+ push into local search last week, when it revealed Google+ Local, which effectively turns Google+ business pages into the new …

Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat
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Google has announced that it’s rolling out Google+ Local, which it bills as “a simple way to discover and share local information”. Google is finally revealing just what it’s going to do with it’s Zagat acquisition, as Google+ Local features …

Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local
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Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Local, a new social local search experience that will spread across Google+, Google Search and Google’s mobile search. It uses Zagat ratings and Google+ connections, and gives businesses a chance to make …

Google Makes Changes To Local Listings On Android, iOS Google Makes Changes To Local Listings On Android, iOS

Google has made some adjustments to local search results on Android and iOS devices. Users can now see an experience that more closely resembles that of the desktop experience. “I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a picky eater,” writes …

Google Suggests Closing Old Listings In Places When Changing Addresses Google Suggests Closing Old Listings In Places When Changing Addresses

SEO Barry Scwhartz blogged about moving to a new office, saying that Google suggested he close his listing and open a new one. However, in doing that, there’s no guarantee that he would retain any reviews that had ben posted. …

Google Makes Some Local Search Adjustments Google Makes Some Local Search Adjustments

On Friday, Google put out is monthly list of algorithm changes, for the month of April. We’ve taken a closer look at various entries on that list – there were over 50. Here’s our coverage so far: Google Algorithm Changes …

Google Local Ranking Factors Listed By New Bizible Study Google Local Ranking Factors Listed By New Bizible Study
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Bizible, a company created by former Bing/Microsoft adCenter staff, has put together an interesting analysis of local ranking factors in Google, after surveying 22 local business categories and 22 US cities, and searching Google for the given localized term (i.e. …

Google Mobile Search Gets New Recent Icon Google Mobile Search Gets New Recent Icon
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Google announced the launch of a new local search featurew for mobile devices. There’s a new “recent” icon that appears on Google.com on Android devices and iPhones, which will show info about places you have recently searched for. You can …

Beyond Google Zeitgeist: A Lot Of Local Searching Beyond Google Zeitgeist: A Lot Of Local Searching

Google released its annual Zeitgeist this week. We covered this here, but here’s a video reminder: Today, Google Director of Product Management Johanna Wright took to the official blog to point out how popular local searches have been. “Looking at …

Local Merchants Want to Advertise with Facebook & Google Offers [Infographic] Local Merchants Want to Advertise with Facebook & Google Offers [Infographic]
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MerchantCircle has released the following infographic looking at where local merchants are spending their marketing dollars: As you can see, this is more evidence of the rise of Facebook ads. A report came out this week indicating that Facebook is …

Google Acquires Clever Sense (Groupon Doesn’t) Google Acquires Clever Sense (Groupon Doesn’t)
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Last week, there were reports that Groupon was in talks to acquire Clever Sense, makers of the Yelp-like app Alfred. Well, it turns out that the company that tried to acquire Groupon for $6 billion last year has acquired it …

MapQuest Vibe Launched to Rank Local Businesses MapQuest Vibe Launched to Rank Local Businesses

AOL announced the launch of MapQuest Vibe, which it says generates “real-time rankings of neighborhoods, local hotspots and points-of interests using sophisticated algorithms.” “MapQuest Vibe helps people cut through the ratings clutter by providing actual rankings based on key criteria …

Foursquare, Mayor Emanuel Promote Chicago Check-Ins with Windy City Badge Foursquare, Mayor Emanuel Promote Chicago Check-Ins with Windy City Badge

In Chicago, 250,000 different users have checked-in to 80,000 different venues 10,000,000 times using Foursquare. With those stats, it’s one of the most Foursquare-loving cities in the world. That’s why Foursquare teamed up with the Mayor’s office to launch a …

Why Zagat Might Be a Smarter Purchase for Google Than Yelp Why Zagat Might Be a Smarter Purchase for Google Than Yelp
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