Maps IYP Market Share

For my presentation at SMXEast, Heather Hopkins of Hitwise was kind enough to provide me with this custom view comparing the 3 leaders in the Maps/IYP space. With Mapquest’s recent upgrade this space is largely converging into a consolidated Maps/Directions/Business Listing product. As I have pointed out before, it is my belief that the IYP’s …

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Google Maps: KML for authority and ranking?

If you are looking for information on Ranking in Google Maps you might want to view these: •SMXEast Presentation: A patent review of Maps Ranking Factors •Ranking Factors in Google Maps – Cracking the Code SMX Local •10 Likely Ranking Factors of Google’s Local Search Algorithm We know that Google is using KML files and …

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Local Links of Interest

When Will ‘Mobile Search’ Overtake the Internet? – Greg Sterling, LocalMobileSearch.net While it might take some time for mobile to pass Internet search in the US or Western Europe, in context of the entire world it’s not hard to imagine mobile search volumes exceeding the desktop Internet, in the aggregate, within 5-7 years. Google Goes Back …

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How to change your Business Address in the Internet Age

Update: Please see An Internet Change of Address Guide It used to be a relatively simple job to get your address changed when you moved a business. You simply needed to contact the four or five principal parties; the Post Office, the Phone Company, your Yellow Page Rep (actually he would track you down), the Newspaper …

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Local Links of Interest

Incomplete and Wrong Data in Google Local Search – Bill Slawski, SeobytheSea.com Bill covers some of the patents that relate to the post here last week: Google Plus Box – Where does the (wrong) data come from? Deer Blogs His Own GPS Position in Google Earth – Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog A report on …

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Google and the PlusBox Blues

The Google Maps for Business Group has had countless requests for help with erroneous Plus Boxes like this one: ================================================= TOPIC: “+” Sign shows Wrong Address & Phone # in Google Search Results! HELP! ================================================= Date: Mon, Mar 3 2008 12:10 pm From: rjfny Hi Jen, Here is the link to our search results page …

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Local Links of Interest

8 White-Hot Trends Lift Local Search in ’08  – Michael Boland, Search Engine Watch Eight local search trends will rock the search engine world in ’08. Here are the ones with the most momentum as we roll into the New Year  Amazon Kindle does Maps – Joshua Topolsky, Engadget Users of the device have been …

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Local Authoritative OneBox = I’m Feeling Lucky; or Not!

The recent posting at SEORefugee about the Denver Florist going broke due to their business being displaced by appearance of a competitor in the OneBox, has brought Google’s Authoritative OneBox into the consciousness of the search community. The Authoritative OneBox has been the gold standard to measure success in local search marketing. For those of …

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