“The most relevant results” sort of…

One of the interesting results that I covered in previous posts ( here and here ) was the occasional and glaring difference (using the same data set) of the results in the Google Onebox Local Listing and the Maps top results. In a recent NY Times article (reg. req’d) and often in the past a …

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Sources for Google Map’s Restaurant Local Listing data

In Part 1 of this series I reviewed which directories Google is using in creating their Local Listing for Restaurants. In Part 2 I looked at their sources for reviews and ratings and its impact on ranking. In this third installment I will review the aggregate results of all data Google uses in providing information …

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Which Restaurant Review sites are used by Google Maps?

Several weeks ago I did some research on which directories Google Maps referenced to provide details for their local search. Matt McGee of Small Business SEM suggested looking at which review sites were used as well. I took the same approach and analyzed which sites were used to provide review/rating detail to Google Maps. Here …

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Google Plus Box now standard?

Update 12/21: The PlusBox is now visible in FireFox and Safari on the Mac Matt Cutts recently wrote of a New Google UI feature: Plus Box. Several things interest me about this announcement: First and foremost it is another push of local data out the main Google search window. This will continue to make Google …

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Which On-line Directories provide details to Google Maps

Google Maps attempts to gather authoritative details of a local business by crawling & parsing the semi-structured data of on-line directories (see also Bill Slawski’s patent summary). I was curious which directories they actively use to fill in the details section. To start answering that question I analyzed the directories listed Google Maps in the …

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Example of Google testing integration of local & organic

Greywolf at threadwatch.org had an interesting post on Google testing the inclusion of Google Map data with the organic results beyond what they are currently doing. Obviously Google will be pushing their local data further into the mainstream at every opportunity and I expect to see  experiments of this ilk as they determine what really …

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Will free long distance service accelerate adoption?

I and others (see Bill Slawski’s posts) have lamented the step child stature of Google Maps and Google’s apparent unwillingness to push it out to the consumer. It has always seemed to be such a valuable service that was hidden away and hard to find. Greg Sterling talked of the difficulties with the Coupon feature. …

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Google Maps Click to Call now live

On November 2, I noted a beta of the Google Maps Click to Call feature. The feature is now live and out of beta on Google Maps listings. To see the feature you must be in the list view. It works flawlessly, asking your phone number, dialing the listing and then ringing through. According to …

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