Google Details Information Sources for the Business Listing “Cluster”

Today in the announcement section of the Google Help forums Google has published a simplified view of where their business listing information comes from. The details as to how this actually functions were covered by Bill Slawsky in his review of the patent,¬†Generating structured information, filed in early 2006.¬† In the recent announcement Google notes …

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Twitter and Me

The two Davids, among others, have been encouraging me to join the Twitter community and I have done so, with some trepidation, under the user name @mblumenthal. Who do you follow in the Local space and why? What kinds of information do you find most valuable? **** Margaret Shulock publishes her comics individually and as …

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Google Maps: Category Mapspam

Google recently revised their listing guidelines for Maps. They specifically added several sections on appropriate category use. Why? Well because while you and I are stressing over the details like legitimate business naming practices to comply with the guidelines, the spammers long ago went after the long tail of category search very aggressively to maximize …

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