Who’s Really Behind Fake Online Reviews?

Reviews, reviews and more reviews. Jason Brown of ReviewFraud participated in an interesting investigative news report on fake reviews. He wrote about it on his blog: Bulletproof Digital busted selling Fake reviews to NBCLA.  Here is NBC Southern California report: Who’s Really Behind Fake Online Reviews? Jason also covered an interesting story in the review space …

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Mike B Around the Internet

Here are some articles that I have recently penned or collaborated on this past week: Google Q&A: Google’s Newest Knowledge Panel Feature That You Might Just Hate (or Love) – My recent research into the visibility and impact of Google’s Q & A feature and a plan to cope with it. Unpacking the Increasingly Complex Local …

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Google Adds Q & A Notification Option to GMB

Google has added (or has the intention to add) direct notifications of new questions appearing on the Knowledge Panel of local businesses. The option (pre-selected) is available in the settings preferences panel for any location. That being said, I have the settings on but I have yet to receive notifications of questions that are being …

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Local U Advanced Austin – April 12th

I love local and I love LocalU Advanced. We have scheduled our next events for Austin. We will be doing an SMB event there to help fund Celia Bell’s training foundation on April 11th and on the night of the 11th and the day of the 12th we will be doing a full day Local …

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Google Bulletin – Hyperlocal Community News App in Testing

I was alerted on Twitter by Marc Nashaat, a link builder in Toronto, about a new app from Google called Bulletin. From their page: Bulletin is an app for contributing hyperlocal stories about your community, for your community, right from your phone. Bulletin makes it effortless to put a spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t …

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Google Local Spam Hall of Shame – The Naming Wars

I have previously noted naming abuses in the jewelry world around Toronto. Every once in a while I attempt to edit them for some rational outcome. Rational outcomes though are sorely not part of the current Google business name edit world. I rename, get approved, owner (or seo on their behalf) changes back. Rinse, Repeat. …

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