Goog-411 Gathering data for gPhone’s Targeted Ads?

Could Bill Slawski’s reporting on a new Google patent provide answers to many of the questions about Goog-411? I have been curious about the recent Goog-411’s recent billboard campaign and the unusual distribution of the billboards. The boards have been reported in very limited geographic areas around San Francisco and Western New York with showings …

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Google Local Business Center listings propagate like rabbits

Birds do it, bees do it and apparently Google’s Local Data does it too….recreates your business record like crazy. Some sort of asexual digital reproduction I suppose as some business records start appearing in Google Maps multiple times…not just once or twice but possibly as many as 4 or more (users report as many as …

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Local Links of Interest

Greg Sterling has a good piece on the The Debate Over User Reviews Matt has a winner on Dear Small Business Owners: Put Down Your Ranking Reports and it applies equally well to local search And Bill Slowski has an interesting patent review: Would You Rent Your Rooftop to Google To Show Ads Upon? (Too …

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Local Links of Interest

Ask removes search box from default mobile search From the post:What Ask found in their user testing is that users would immediately go to the search box and start trying to use it. While this sounds like it offers what the user wants, the fact is that accomplishing simple things like finding our the weather …

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Local Links of Interest

Experiment with Google Voice Local Search -Naturalsearchblog Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search -ZDNET Blogs, Russell Shaw Local Mobile Search Ready to Roll?-Greg Sterling, Screenwerk Yahoo! Real Estate Updates Home Values Search with Maps and Local -Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog Measuring the Impact of Universal Search on Local Search Traffic …

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Local Links of Interest

Keyword research tips for Local, Mike The Internet Guy Google Local for Mobile Patent Applications, SEO By The Sea Google makes neighborhood search easier than the competition, Ars Technica

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Local Links of Interest:Google’s Universal Search

Many of the changes that we have been seeing in google Maps over the past few days have been part of Google’s new Universal search upgrade. These upgrades magnify the importance of Google Maps as they allow for “The best answer is still the best answer” local results to be inserted in all of Google’s …

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Google’s Click to Call coming soon to an ad near you?

In late April (I am still catching up on my reading), Bill Slawsky covered a recent patent application by Google: Exploring Click and Pay to Call (CPTC) Google Phone Ads. It was as interesting for what Google has already implemented as well as what they might implement. Clearly (as you can see from the image …

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Local Search is messy… but so is my bedroom

Business Week wrote a piece recently (03/08/07): Where Search Stumbles criticizing most of the local search engines. Greg Sterling has repeatedly pointed out that accuracy is the potential achilles heal of Local and there have been plenty of complaints elsewhere and here about quality and about complexity. But as I tell my relatives: I love …

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