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Big Google Local Data Problems :: Possible Solutions

Big Google Local Data Problems :: Possible Solutions | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Those of us that work in Local Search daily, know what a scrambled mess Google local data can be and Apple maps is even worse. I have to give Google some credit and say managing the world's business data CAN'T be easy and when you look at the big picture and the deeper map structure and everything they do with streetview cars and all - it's a HUGE undertaking and they do a pretty good job. However when you deal with businesses with scrambled data, dupes and merges it can be a pretty big nightmare to deal with.

 

Damian Rollison, VP at UBL just penned a really good piece over at StreetFight I wanted to highlight and share because it has some great suggestions for Google.

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Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

In this issue, hot citation and schema tips, how NOT to suck at Local SEO, easy mobile review workaround, how to boost traffic and get creative with Business View + great tip filled Hangout with Mike Blumenthal.

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Interactive Guide to Google My Business

Interactive Guide to Google My Business | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Interactive Guide to Google My Business - One guide I added is scrollable. The other is an interactive infographic. Handy to have handy!

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Mohammed ALAMI's curator insight, July 2, 7:07 AM

If you are a pro, you won't find anything new here. HOWEVER, it may make it easier to find the info you need.

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Google My Business After the Dust Settled: What Experts Say Now - Videos & Opinions

Google My Business After the Dust Settled: What Experts Say Now - Videos & Opinions | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

The dust has settled on the Google My Business update and leading local search experts have had time to work with the new platform and form opinions.

I wanted to share a round up of what some of the brightest minds in the business have to say about GMB.  There are 2 good videos at the bottom as well.

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HOT! Click-Through Boosts Local Ranking? Plus 9 Tips for Pumping Up the Volume

HOT! Click-Through Boosts Local Ranking? Plus 9 Tips for Pumping Up the Volume | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it
Check out this click test we did. Moved the needle from the F spot to B in less than a month???
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Organic & Local Search Top ROI for Local Businesses

Organic & Local Search Top ROI for Local Businesses | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Organic search dominates again, driving the greatest amount of traffic to local websites. Respondents also attributed the greatest volume of “calls” to organic, so it’s no surprise that it showed the best ROI of all channels.

Google Places/+Local came in second, driving 3x more traffic than Bing Local or Yahoo Local, therefore justifying the focus and effort that is lavished on it.

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Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

In this issue: the new Google Places Update, New Way to CK 4 Local Penalties, Citation Services Comparison, Hot Local Search Client Management Tool, Interview with David Mihm & TONs more!

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How to Find People on Google+ BY LOCATION: G+ Search Guide

How to Find People on Google+ BY LOCATION: G+ Search Guide | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Ninja G+ search - HOT for Social!   If you are helping clients with social OR if clients are asking you G+ questions like: "How I find the right demographic of people on G+ to follow, circle and posts to comment on in my local area". OR if you want to build your own G+ following by location, industry or other criteria, then this post is for you!

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The Google Local Carousel Is Still Spinning Out Of Control by Greg Gifford

The Google Local Carousel Is Still Spinning Out Of Control by Greg Gifford | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

"Almost a year ago, Google threw everyone for a loop with the rollout of the Google Local Carousel. The SEO community scrambled to try to figure out how it worked, and theories started flying about how it would change search behavior. It was immediately evident that a location’s Carousel photo would be all-important…

It didn’t take long to realize the biggest problem with the Carousel: business owners had no control over the photo that gets displayed."

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Manual Google Penalties - How Long Do they Last? Expiration Times?

Manual Google Penalties - How Long Do they Last? Expiration Times? | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

FYI I've never seen anything written about the length of time PURE LOCAL ranking penalties last other than my own comments on the topic.

But in ranking troubleshooting/consulting cases I've worked on, that were lifted within a week after I pointed out the offending problem and it was fixed. I've also seen penalties however that lasted 8 months.

In the post below there is a quote from Matt Cutts talking about how the severity of the penalty fits the crime. I assume that's also true in local.

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Local Search Myths, Half Truths & Misconceptions

Local Search Myths, Half Truths & Misconceptions | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Following will be an on-going compilation of blog posts I've discovered (or that you guys find and add) that give bad or incorrect advice. Let's bust some myths, shall we? Read on...

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Google+ Local is Fricking Hard! Don't Discount Your Time and Knowledge!

Google+ Local is Fricking Hard! Don't Discount Your Time and Knowledge! | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Google+ Local is HARD! As some of you may know... I gave up! I QUIT doing Google+ Local! Here's why and here is my Dr. analogy for you to use with tough clients...

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Local SEO Spring Cleaning - 5 Tips to Clean up Those Listings!

Local SEO Spring Cleaning - 5 Tips to Clean up Those Listings! | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Spring has sprung and a Local Search consultant's work is never done!

Here are some spring cleaning tips to ensure your listings are in good shape.

Clean up those listings!

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Chris Agro's curator insight, May 15, 5:47 AM

More good tips from Linda Buquet of http://www.catalystemarketing.com/ -Chris Agro (@agrotising)

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Understanding Consumers' Local Search Behavior - Google Infographic

Understanding Consumers' Local Search Behavior - Google Infographic | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Here is more info from the Google "Think Insights" study I posted about yesterday in the form of an infographic.

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DYNAMIC! Google Business View: Get your Creative Juices AND Your Traffic Flowing!

DYNAMIC! Google Business View: Get your Creative Juices AND Your Traffic Flowing! | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it
Here are some dynamic ways to build traffic with Google Business View. Live interactive examples inside...
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Now that there is a call to action to "Add a Virtual Tour" front and center at the top of the Google My Business dashboard, you'll have more clients asking about it.


Many SMBs lack imagination and just think of doing plain old photos of their store/office. They don't realize with a little creativity Business View could be turned into a viral marketing campaign that could bring in new business, increase click through and stick rate as well as attract natural links and citations for months to come. And as for local word of mouth... done right, it's a no-brainer.

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Perry Stevens's curator insight, July 10, 6:35 PM

A timely article about Google Views.

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Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Here’s the latest roundup of Local Search & Google My Business news, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and around the web.

There is some very important info in the top few posts - in case you missed it!

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Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz! Google My Business & Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

A few hot topics from this issue listed below:

- Google My Business Demo/Q&A Hangout With Jade TOMORROW!

- Pimp Your Google+ Local Page with these 22 Rock Solid Tips

- Brainstorm - Best Ways to Get Local SEO Clients Fast?

- HOT! Click-Through Boosts Local Ranking? 9 Tips to Pump Up the Volume

- 3 Successful Google+ Local Page Examples

- Local SEO Priorities Month 1? 7 Experts Weigh In

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BREAKING: Huge Google Update: Google My Business Launching Now! Goodbye Google+ Local!

BREAKING: Huge Google Update: Google My Business Launching Now! Goodbye Google+ Local! | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

BREAKING: Google "My Business" Launching Now!  Say Goodbye to Google+ Local - This Changes Everything!
 
Complete rebranding, new unified dashboard and TONs of new upgrades! (Screen shots inside)

When I had my 1st demo 2 months ago I absolutely could not wait to share with everyone. This is a cumulation of some of the half steps and changes we've had over the past year!  You are going to LOVE this update, which streamlines everything and gets rid of all the confusion.  Google listened AND they delivered!

See complete announcement with screenshots, new feature list and all the new Google My Business resources inside.Goodbye Google+ Local! Hang onto your seats for the biggest, most exciting Google Local update so far!

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Google Search Getting Fragmented by App Search

Google Search Getting Fragmented by App Search | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it
Your thoughts about how this affects us in the world of Google Local search???
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New Google Local Option - Switch Place Page Over to a G+ Brand Page

New Google Local Option - Switch Place Page Over to a G+ Brand Page | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

This option allows you to DISCONNECT your Place page (reviews & ability to rank on search/maps) from the existing Local G+ social page... and move all the Local stuff over to the G+...

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The Complete Guide to Google+ Marketing

The Complete Guide to Google+ Marketing | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it
Martin Shervington at Plus Your Business just put together this great infographic and a very comprehensive guide to marketing on Google+. Source: Plus
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New Way to Identify Google+ Local Penalties/Problems?

New Way to Identify Google+ Local Penalties/Problems? | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Hey everyone. I noticed something strange tonight. Take a look at these Google Maps search results:

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Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

There have been so many great topics at the Local Search Forum & around the web that get buried. I know many of you suffer from info overload, so here is the latest roundup of Local Search news, Google+ Local issues, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web.

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How Consumers Use Local Search

How Consumers Use Local Search | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Nice infographic about how people use local search (based on a BIA Kelsey study) from HubShout. (Not the image showing in this post.)

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Chris Agro's curator insight, May 15, 5:17 AM

Helpful insights that can improve your online marketing efforts. -Chris Agro (@agrotising)

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Blueprint for Multi-Location Local SEO Success

Blueprint for Multi-Location Local SEO Success | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it
Do you manage SEO for a franchise or large chain? Want to get schooled on multi-location listing management? Who better to learn from than Bill
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Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest | Google+ Local & Local SEO News | Scoop.it

Here is the latest roundup of Local Search news, Google+ Local issues, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web.

This one is just a small sampling of hand picked posts over just 2 days - not even a full weekly roundup. So it gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed to RSS, getting our daily email digest or reading the forum daily.

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