Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local

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 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

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

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

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 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…

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…

Google Place Pages Drop Third-Party Reviews

Google announced some changes to Place Pages as part of its new refocused efforts. For one, they’ve added a “write a review” button at the top of the page, encouraging users to talk about your business. I hope your customer…

Local.com Adds Deals Service, Location Data, & Ad Unit to Its Offerings

Local search is quickly turning into the first place that people go when they search for information online. In fact, it is impacting users so much that search veteran Bruce Clay actually predicted that Google would become a local search engine. He said this to us back in November, “Two years from now, Google will be, predominantly, a local search engine.”

Local Product Listings on Google Place Pages

Google is now letting businesses list local product availability on Google Place Pages. This way, when customers search for local businesses and look at the pages, they can make better decisions before traveling to the business or even calling, to…