Google Local Image Photos – Let’s Link Anywhere but Your Site

Google invites image spam and pisses off business owners once again. Google, while ostensibly giving business owners control over which images show, has always usurped that role and done so without any guidelines or clear communication. Now though it has become possible for a third party with good web design to leverage a listing’s photos display … Continue reading Google Local Image Photos – Let’s Link Anywhere but Your Site

Google to Hotels: We Pick Your Profile Photo

Yesterday (first reported on Twitter by Craig Harkins, an SEO manager at InterContinental Hotels Group) Google switched virtually every hotel profile photo in their Hotel Local Pack results from an exterior to an interior shot. While Google ostensibly offers businesses the ability to set this profile photo for their own business, that appearance of “freedom” to a large … Continue reading Google to Hotels: We Pick Your Profile Photo

Google Hotel Local Packs Now Showing Paid Tag Promo

Remember back in 2010 when Google rolled out “Tags” to allow for paid enhancement of your local listing? Well, at least in the Hotel world, its deja vue all over again as these paid insertions into the free Local Pack seem to have made a comeback. The Local Pack which has been the last bastion of “free” placement … Continue reading Google Hotel Local Packs Now Showing Paid Tag Promo

GetFiveStars Now Integrates with QuickBooks Online

I have been enjoying my work at GetFiveStars. What is most enjoyable is the constant effort to upgrade our feedback and review platform to better serve businesses. The most recent effort on that front has been our new integration with QuickBooks Online via Zapier. Imagine all of the power of GetFiveStars happening automagically from within … Continue reading GetFiveStars Now Integrates with QuickBooks Online

Is Google Finally Nuking Unverified Plus Pages?

When Google ripped  Local out of Google Plus last summer and stopped linking to Plus, they noted that the unverified Plus pages (what Google called “shell” pages) would be removed. That never seemed to happen but it might just be starting now. Removing the Plus Pages must have been a difficult process with a few too many dependencies and those … Continue reading Is Google Finally Nuking Unverified Plus Pages?

Google Local: Direct to Knowledge Panel Updates via Schema

Imagine a world where multi location business no longer have to continually mess with the Google My Business bulk dashboard and could have a direct feed of their critical location data to the Knowledge Panel via their website with schema markup.  Apparently that world is right around the corner. Rohan Ayyar of E2M pointed out on … Continue reading Google Local: Direct to Knowledge Panel Updates via Schema

Google Partnering with HomeAdvisor to Add Services Booking to Local

CNBC is reporting that “as of today, homeowners searching for contractors on Google will be shown results that are “HomeAdvisor screened and approved” and come with profiles, price estimates and the ability to “book now” or schedule an appointment to compare estimates for work”. This appears to be a new ad format although as of … Continue reading Google Partnering with HomeAdvisor to Add Services Booking to Local