Mike B Out in the Wilds of the Internet

It’s been a busy week with lots of podcasts, an article and a minor disagreement with Rand Fishkin. ūüôā Articles: How Google Came to Dominate Local Reviews – Google owns the local review economy. It wasn’t always that way. I detail how it happened by documenting the review history of a large(wish) fast, casual chain. …

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Mike B Around the InterWebs

As a reminder, the FeedBurner email feed of my posts is going away. I would suggest that if you want to follow my writing that you subscribe to the Near Media Newsletter where I am joining David Mihm and Greg Sterling to focus on local search, social and commerce. Some recent writings and podcasts: Articles: …

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Google Testing (or Rolling out?) New 3-Pack Carousel

Downdated 6/22: This was reported¬†by Barry Schwartz as first spotted in November by Velentin Pletzer¬†and seen off and on in June by tl;dr Marketing. The current widespread visibility implies that this might be the rollout and not a test. Over the weekend, my mobile devices are all seeing a new 3-pack with a carousel display …

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Google Maps Updated to Include Black Lives Matter Plaza

As noted by John Gruber, sometimes the pen can send a mighty message. Or rather in this case, a paint brush. Yesterday (Friday), The Mayor of DC declared part of a street that runs near the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza”, inaugurating the new plaza with giant yellow letters and a brand-new street sign. …

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The World’s Best Bialys and Local Search’s Worst Nightmare – Robots.txt

Update¬†6/14: Google has now started to index the site. As of now there are two of about 20 pages that have been indexed. Update 6/12: Good news. Kossars have fixed their robots.txt file and removed the disallow function that prevented Google from indexing them. Onward and upward. User-agent: * *************************************************** I was thinking about New …

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Google Rolls Out Business Provider Plan to Replace Trusted Verifier Program

Google has begun rolling out their Business Provider program to replace the Trusted Verifier Program that was recently terminated.¬† The Business Provider program is designed to let organizations like Chambers of Commerce or banks with small business clients facilitate a Google My Business Verification for their members or clients.¬† Groups or organizations¬†share business data with …

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New Google Local Discovery: Search by Photos

On mobile, Google is showing a new image based search interface. It is currently a supplement to the 3 Pack for local keyword searches and it shows local results visually based on an image matching the search query. The new mobile focused search method does not yet appear on the desktop. It is not clear …

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