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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Mike B Around the Interwebs

I have been heads down for the past several months exploring the ins and outs of Google Questions & Answers. Out of that came a ton of research* and finally some articles: At Local U, Mary Bowling and I discuss Q & A: Video Deep Dive: Google’s Q&A – Questions and Answers examined A three …

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Google My Business Now Officially Supports Video

Colan Nielson of Sterling Sky spotted the video option in the Google My Business dashboard starting to appear last week. Google has now officially announced that every dashboard now has the feature to see what videos consumers have uploaded and to upload your own. How it works: Videos will appear in the overview tab of …

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Google GMB Strategy & The Role of SMB Outreach

2017 was the year for the Google My Business Center. There was a massive rollout of paid, free and improved products for Google Local this past year (Posts, Websites, Messaging,  Local Service ads, Q & A, Bookings, API 4.0) and a raft of updates to both the usability and functionality of the GMB. This came …

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Google My Business Verification Whitelisting Update

I recently received these details about the yet unannounced Google My Business Whitelisting program that I wrote about last month. The program allows large agencies to not have to go through the normal postcard verification process and to have the listings instantly verified. The writer asked to remain anonymous. I have been unable to verify …

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Google Local Realtor Search Result – On Steroids

Marci Weiche is a realtor in Buffalo Mn. And a good one whose husband cares about her website and is making sure her digital presence is up to snuff. I am not sure if this is a test or the new normal for realtors but this search result is really up to snuff. Note the …

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Google Updates GMB Home View for Businesses

Google has updated the home view of each business so that each business is presented with a view of their Google data that is unique and important to that business. Depending on activity and busness type the calls to action and features highlighted will very on a business by business basis. Previously the home view …

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