Google: Google My Business

  • Results from the Local SEO Ranking Factors Study presented at SMX East

    …; it does not definitively say these characteristics are ranking factors. The study assembled data from over 100 different ranking factors, 30,000 businesses and 3,000 local searches. Factors analyzed in the study included Google My Business listings, on-site website factors, off-site local factors (including citations) and links. Industry standard…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 12 readers -
  • The definitive SEO audit part 3 of 3: Off-site

    … isn’t critical. The full series has looked at: Technical SEO Content (or “on-site”) SEO Off-site SEO So, let’s get to it! 1. Google My Business We tend to think of a Google My Business listing as a local SEO factor. It is, of course, but it’s also more than that. Anyone who knows me as an SEO writer knows I love entities — that is, I love the idea…

    Dave Davies/ Search Engine Landin Social SEO- 11 readers -
  • Bridging the gaps in the Google My Business API

    … Last month, Google released version 3.0 of its Google My Business API, which for those of us managing locations at scale felt like Christmas came early. Included in the update were a variety of new features, the most important of which were the addition of attributes for locations, the ability to indicate a preferred photo and the ability…

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  • Google confirms ads coming to Local Pack

    … Yesterday at the SMX Advanced Local Workshop Google confirmed that ads are coming to the Local Pack. The timing and precise appearance/placement are to be determined. During the Local Workshop Google’s global product lead for Local Ads, Ali Turhan, discussed some of the new AdWords features as they pertain to local. Among them, he showed…

    Greg Sterling/ Search Engine Land- 16 readers -
  • 2 strategic opportunities for local service area businesses

    … many complementary and unrelated services. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to rank for all of your services, simply because the algorithm is stacked against your success. You can add many different categories in Google My Business, but that won’t always translate into results online. Google doesn’t realize that an auto repair/mechanic can…

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  • Got spam? Google My Business doesn’t care.

    … is a Local SEO expert who is a part of Google's Top Contributor program & MapMaker Regional Leads program. She regularly contributes to many online communities in the Local SEO world, including the Google My Business forum (Top Contributor), the Local Search Forum (Top Contributor), and the Local University Forum (Moderator). She also a contributor…

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  • Google updates the Google My Business API to version 3.0

    … Google has released version 3.0 of the Google My Business API. This has not yet been announced by Google but you can see version 3.0 marked as new in the changelog and the new features page, it documents the new API. The original Google My Business API was released in December of last year bringing the ability for businesses to automate…

    Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Land- 13 readers -
  • Google local results get additional search filters on mobile

    … Now, when your search query has local intent, and it brings up the “3-pack” or “local pack” in the Google search results, Google may offer you additional search filters for that query. For example, when I search for [la bella], Google offers me additional filters to show results “within 5 miles,” or “open now,” or “top rated,” or even more…

    Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 8 readers -
  • Dear SEOs: Please stop spamming Google Maps!

    … SEO.” After all, there are tons of great, well-known SEO companies in Toronto (including his and the one I work for), and shouldn’t these have priority over ones that aren’t even in the same city that was searched? Why were the results all businesses outside Toronto? When I started to investigate, I found that Google was pulling listings from…

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