Google Drops the Google+ From Business Reviews

Google is reportedly no longer requiring users to have Google+ accounts to leave reviews. Given that Google+’s popularity never really caught on, this could open up the door for local businesses to get a lot more reviews on Google for…

Google Says More About Local Ranking In Updated Document

Google has updated its documentation that contains advice for improving your local ranking on the search engine. This was spotted by local search watcher Mike Blumenthal. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable has the old version saved here. According to…

Yelp Adds Resources To Help Businesses With Their Pages

Yelp announced this week that it has some new and improved resources in its Support Center to help businesses update their business pages. Yelp’s Morgan Remmers runs down the updates on the company’s business owners blog: General Business Info Updates:…

Did You Know About Yelp’s Improved Revenue Estimate Tool?

About three years ago, Yelp launched its revenue estimation tool to enable local businesses to compare their Yelp-driven business to the national average. It would multiply customer leads sent from Yelp each month by the business’s average revenue per customer…

Yelp Puts ‘Extortion Conspiracy Theory’ Back Into Spotlight

Well, the Yelp “extortion” (or lack thereof) narrative is back in the news. For years, the company has been accused by business owners of burying positive reviews when the owners decline to pay for advertising on Yelp. Yelp has always…

Google Adds Local Business Editing To Knowledge Panel

Some businesses can now edit their Google business listings directly from the Knowledge Panel, without having to go to the Google My Business dashboard. Back in November from the State of Search conference, Search Engine Roundtable reported that Google had…

Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

If you run a small business and aren’t taking Apple Maps seriously as a place where people will find your business, you may want to rethink that. Do you pay attention to your business listing in Apple Maps? Have you…

Google Pilots Local Business Markup for Knowledge Panels

Last week, Google launched the Google My Business API to let big businesses and third parties integrate with the Google My Business platform and publish updates to customers on Google Search and Google Maps. Businesses can use the API to…

Facebook Professional Services Is Pretty Similar To Facebook Places…but for Services

Earlier this year, Facebook put out a new local search and discovery tool at Facebook.com/places, giving users a look at places with Facebook Pages, including those your friends have been to (with their comments) and others with reviews from strangers.…

Google My Business Now Lets You Close, Reopen Business Locations

Google announced on its Advertiser Community site that Google My Business will now let you mark a location closed in the list view to keep users up to date. You can also now reopen a location if need be. Google’s…