Comatose Google My Business Description Moved from Hospital to Long Term Care on Path to Burial & Replacement with Attributes

The business description that Google has been asking businesses to create forever and that has not been seen anyplace for about half that long has finally been removed from Google MyBusiness. (Thanks to Dan Leibson of Local SEO Guide for pointing this out). It is soon to be “replaced” with “attributes” that offer more granular characteristics … Continue reading Comatose Google My Business Description Moved from Hospital to Long Term Care on Path to Burial & Replacement with Attributes

New Google Help Page – To Create a Link for Customers to Write Reviews

Google has added a new help page Create a link for customers to write reviews which explains in detail how to use the Google Maps API to generate a URL that can be used to solicit reviews. (NOTE: this page has been removed as of 7/11.) The page is interesting for two reasons. One it … Continue reading New Google Help Page – To Create a Link for Customers to Write Reviews

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?