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Google Ramps Up Business Pages: Will 2013 Be Year Of Google Plus? - TPM

Google Ramps Up Business Pages: Will 2013 Be Year Of Google Plus? - TPM | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it

I found this very interring as it talk about local search 

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Google Moves Local My Business Phone Support to India - Expect the Call Times to Be Longer

Google Moves Local My Business Phone Support to India - Expect the Call Times to Be Longer | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Google has moved My Business Phone support to India and, at least for now, expect your call times to take longer. I noticed the changes to Google Local Support
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How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who answered the phone realized that Seely was secretly recording them. He used Google Maps to do it.
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Local Citation Building Best-Practices | Whitespark

Local Citation Building Best-Practices | Whitespark | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
This post will help you build citations the right way the first time, and help you get the most local-rankings oomph out of your citations. A++++++++
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Google Approved Guide to Local Listing Page Identification - Local University

Google Approved Guide to Local Listing Page Identification - Local University | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Google is in the midst of a massive migration of claimed business listings from the old Places Dashboard to the new Places for Business Dashboard. Simultaneousl
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OMG: No More PIN Verification Required to Change Address on Merged Google+ Local/Social

OMG: No More PIN Verification Required to Change Address on Merged Google+ Local/Social | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Merged Google+ Local/Social pages are crazy easy to update, but it probably won't last forever. Read the details on the Search Influence blog!
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ahhh finally Google Plus local becomes easier

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Google Local Review Stars | Lawyer SEO Marketing

Google Local Review Stars | Lawyer SEO Marketing | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Google's new 5 star review system just rolled out. This test explores whether those yellow reviews stars steal clicks. Need Lawyer SEO? (888) 789-4198.
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For more information on how to make your photo appear in the search results pm me. ;)

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16 Ways to Create Unique “Local” Content for Cities Where You Want to Rank | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

16 Ways to Create Unique “Local” Content for Cities Where You Want to Rank | LocalVisibilitySystem.com | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
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How Does Google Count Local Results?

How Does Google Count Local Results? | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Blended results blurred the line between organic and local SEO.
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I know a great way of not letting your results blend...

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12-Week Action Plan for Google Places Visibility | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

12-Week Action Plan for Google Places Visibility | LocalVisibilitySystem.com | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
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Top 20 Blogs to Help You Become a Google+ Expert – UpCity

Top 20 Blogs to Help You Become a Google+ Expert – UpCity | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Check out the top 20 blogs that will teach you how to build and use a Google+ page for you, your business, or local listings.
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Google Local SAB: How to Move Closer to the City

Google Local SAB: How to Move Closer to the City | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
I frequently get the question of how a business in the burbs can compete in the adjoining major metro area. Obviously, one tactic is to do really, really well
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Google Places For Business Gets Its Own iPhone App For Managing Listings [Update: Google Removed App]

Google Places For Business Gets Its Own iPhone App For Managing Listings [Update: Google Removed App] | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Local business owners have a new tool for managing their Google Places For Business listing: a dedicated app that works on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Some info for all you small business owners, about Google Places. 

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Google My Business Now Allows Deleted Plus Pages to Be Recovered

Google My Business Now Allows Deleted Plus Pages to Be Recovered | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Kaleh Kohler, a top contributor in the Google And Your Business Forum and a very astute student of all things Google Plus, has pointed out a new feature of
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How To Add Your Business Listing To Apple Maps

How To Add Your Business Listing To Apple Maps | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide to fixing problems with locations and adding businesses to Apple Maps.
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Places for Business Help

Official Places for Business Help Center where you can find tips and tutorials on using Places for Business and other answers to frequently asked questions.
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6 Tools Merchants Can Use to Clean Up Location Data | Street Fight

6 Tools Merchants Can Use to Clean Up Location Data | Street Fight | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
For 42% of adults, search engines have become the primary tool for finding local merchants and service providers. But what those consumers don’t always realize is that much of the information they’re finding can be incorrect or out of date.
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if you are not sure what a citation even is pm me :) it's a must for local companies..

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How to Earn Links with Google’s New Business Photos - Search Engine Journal

How to Earn Links with Google’s New Business Photos - Search Engine Journal | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
How to use Google's Business Photos to earn links as part of your SEO strategy.
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How to Contact Google Places Support or Customer Service | Local Search Marketing Blog by NGS

How to Contact Google Places Support or Customer Service | Local Search Marketing Blog by NGS | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Google's customer service has never been better, faster, or more efficient. There is a lot of place for improvements, so reliable contact info is essential.
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Some useful Google Plus Local contact info, if you are a local business wanting to rank on Google Pm me....

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Geo sitemap generator | Create Geo Sitemap and KML files for FREE!

Geo sitemap generator | Create Geo Sitemap and KML files for FREE! | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Create your geo sitemap and KML files and upload them to Google for FREE! Using the geositemap generator saves you tons of work and money!

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Donna S Duncan's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:22 PM

Easy to use tool that does just what it says it does. Once you're done, upload the two files created to your root directory and to Webmaster Tools. It is a clear and definitive way to inform Google of your business location.

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12 Places Businesses Should Be Collecting Online Reviews

12 Places Businesses Should Be Collecting Online Reviews | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
Find a comprehensive list of the most important places to accumulate online reviews for your business.
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Get More Online Reviews for Your Business | Grade.us

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Making reviews easy 

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Google MapMaker 101 for Local Business Owners | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

Google MapMaker 101 for Local Business Owners | LocalVisibilitySystem.com | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
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Ultimate List of Local Citations for Australian Businesses

Ultimate List of Local Citations for Australian Businesses | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
This is the Ultimate List of Local Citations for Australian Businesses by Nikita Adnani. She is the director of Design Junction.
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Citations, also knowns as NAP's play an important role in ranking your Google + Local page. Google + Local pages can often appear above websites in search results, so its well worth optimising.

 

I thought I would share this post for any businesses based in Australia. 

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Get More Local Online Reviews For Your Business That Stick

Get More Local Online Reviews For Your Business That Stick | Google Places (Google + Local) | Scoop.it
ABC Review Strategy - Find out how to get more local online reviews and positive customer feedback for your business on Google+ Local, Yelp & City Search.
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