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I have been busy, just not here. My recent posts  Car Dealers Fined $3.6 Million For Fake Reviews & Deceptive Practices  GetFiveStars Why Is My Verified Business Not Showing on a Keyword Search? LocalU Video: Last Week in Local March 27th, 2017 – all the news in 15 minutes – Localu  

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Google Continues Testing of ‘Posts’ As Worldwide Use Expands

The product that was originally called Podium and is often referred to as Posts, continues to be tested as a small business tool that allows a business owner to post directly to their branded search result. We saw the “Posts” like test in late January that included a call to action and posting on the right. Recently, …

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Google Is Automating Ownership Conflict Resolution

Google has started to roll out a new feature to the Google My Business Dashboard that automates the process of regaining control of a listing that is in another account. Besides verification issues and the inability for a business to easily get rid of inappropriate photos this has been one of the huge problems that …

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Google 3 Local Pack – New Display – Test or Rollout?

Over the past six months we have seen numerous tests in the pack display. Today we are seeing a widespread (re) appearance of the snack pack type display that shows images instead of the click to call icon. (H/T to Zachary Palmer of Divot Agency in Seattle who pointed this out on G+) Previously this …

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Moz Local 2017 Presentation – Are Words the New Links?

LocalU and Moz have just completed a two day local workshop in Seattle. Day 1 was a LocalU Workshop and day 2 provided a day full of keynotes. Both days included great content, new ideas and great networking opportunities. To get a sense of my 10,000′ thinking about the Google Local algo read this article …

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MobileMoxie Mobile Search Simulator

Cindy Krum (@Suzzicks), the diva of mobile and a frequent LocalU speaker*, has produced an interesting tool: a Mobile Search Simulator. It provides the ability to perform local searches in a specific zip code and then compare the results across two different mobile devices. While the product and interface are not yet tuned for any …

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Final Curtain Call – MapMaker Closing March 31

In November, Google announced that MapMaker would “graduate to Google Maps”. That’s corporate speak for close. But what’s good for Google and the bulk of their users is not such a smooth transition nor offer as many benefits to the professional Local SEO practicioner. At the time of the announcements I noted that it made …

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Google Testing New Mobile Local Finder

Google is testing a new mobile local finder. The Google iPhone Search App is often a proving ground for large scale tests that precede rollouts to browser based mobile search. This test/rollout is an interesting one because of its dramatic shift from the focus on the business listing to the focus on the map.  And …

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