Post Pigeon Geo Assessment – How Did Traffic Change by City

It has been a little over 2 months since the Pigeon update. And while quality issues continue, with some listings taking a hit and others gaining, Barbara Oliver & Co Jewelry seems to have netted out with slight gains in web traffic similar to what she saw immediately post update. Her total web traffic was … Continue reading Post Pigeon Geo Assessment – How Did Traffic Change by City

Google Rolling out New + Page Layout – Reviews Lost in the Process

It seems that the new layout first reported on October 23rd is now rolling out world wide. As noted at the time The big difference is that the page now can be displayed in either a single, two or three column layouts depending on browser window width as opposed to the current fixed two column … Continue reading Google Rolling out New + Page Layout – Reviews Lost in the Process

Google Becoming Slightly More Transparent About Nuking Reviews

Update 9/28: I had myself taken off as a manager of Barbara’s page and my review instantly lost the notice and showed back up on the listing. Historically at Google Local, if a review triggered the spam filter, the reviewer would still see the review associated with the business if they were logged in and … Continue reading Google Becoming Slightly More Transparent About Nuking Reviews

Google Plus Now Allows Videos on Merged G+ Pages for Local

The ability to upload videos to your G+ Local listing via the Places Dashboard has long been broken and the feature was missing on the merged G+ Pages for Local. I am not quite sure when this happened but you now can upload videos if you have a (re)verified G+Page for Local. As reader Julie Larson … Continue reading Google Plus Now Allows Videos on Merged G+ Pages for Local

Are Rich Snippet Reviews Making a Limited Comeback in Local?

I am once again seeing semantically marked up pages shown with review stars in the search results . However the frequency of their display is very limited compared to earlier in the year. Summary review stars from the home page, which were wildly abused, are not visible but review stars are visible on this testimonial … Continue reading Are Rich Snippet Reviews Making a Limited Comeback in Local?

An Updated Step By Step Guide for the SMB to the Google + Local Page Transition

Updated 6/8 7:00 pm. Updated 6/9 12:25 pm. Updated 6/11 3:00 am In the change over from Places to Google+Local (and then to Google+ Business pages), Google is upgrading a very complex system. Over the next few weeks and months changes will continue to roll out. During this process issues are going to occur. It … Continue reading An Updated Step By Step Guide for the SMB to the Google + Local Page Transition

Why Local Will Continue to Be Hard for Google – a Conversation with a Retailer

Google sends Barbara Oliver & Co Jewelry near Buffalo a lot of business. She has doubled the size of her jewelry business and dramatically increased engagement ring sales over the past 2 years. Local search, organic search, Adwords Express have all worked well for her. Despite the ups and downs, the ins and outs and … Continue reading Why Local Will Continue to Be Hard for Google – a Conversation with a Retailer