Google: Google My Business

    • Google Posts are removed after 7 days, with one exception

      Google has confirmed that most Google Posts are removed seven days after they are first published. The exception to this rule is Google Posts that are based on upcoming events. Event-based Google Posts are removed after the event date. A Google spokesperson told us, “Posts enable merchants to share timely, relevant updates on Google Search and Maps.

      Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 20 readers -
    • Google begins rolling out messaging feature within Google My Business

      Google appears to be rolling out a messaging feature to Google My Business customers. Both Mike Blumenthal and @AnthonyCGuzman posted that they and their customers are starting to notice the feature within Google My Business. This is a feature Google began testing in November of last year. I am personally able to test it on businesses that I have access to under my Google My ...

      Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Land- 21 readers -
    • Google My Business website builder SEO review

      Google officially launched its Website Builder within Google My Business in an effort to help small businesses easily and affordably create websites. This is a great initiative, as there are many small businesses that do not have a website. Google’s Marissa Nordahl made the announcement it in a Google My Business Help thread on Tuesday, June 13.

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  • Google adds booking for spa and salon appointments from Search & Maps

    Consumers across the US can now book appointments with salons and spas through Google. Beauty is the second category of appointment bookings available through Google in the US. In December 2016, consumers in select cities could book fitness classes through the Reserve with Google site, as well as Google Search and Maps. That functionality rolled out to the entire US in March.

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  • 12 things to know to succeed with Google Posts

    Google has been cranking out the updates this year for Local Search, and the latest thing to hit the SMB market is Google Posts. This new feature allows you to publish your events, products and services directly to Google Search (in the Knowledge Panel) and Maps. Here’s an example of what a Google Post looks like on mobile: I’ve been testing this feature for a while (one of ...

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  • Google adds menu tab to restaurants’ local panel

    … Google has added a new tab to the local panel for many restaurants. The new tab is for accessing the restaurant’s menu, and Google may show the tab if Google is able to pick out the menu items from the restaurant’s menu. Sergey Alakov first noticed this, and I am able to replicate it for many local restaurants here. Below are some screen shots…

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  • 7 unannounced updates to Google My Business we’ve seen in 2017

    … of Google Plus back in 2015, but up until a couple of months ago, they still kept the classic version accessible — and it was the version that Google cached in their search results. Why does this matter for local SEOs? The classic version had all the Name, Address, Phone Number (NAP) data on it that we loved so much, and the new version gives you…

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  • Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?

    … proximity to the searcher the #1 ranking factor for local search. This drives up the incentive for companies to create fake listings, since they need more “locations” in order to monopolize the search results and maximize exposure. There were some things I saw in the study that were very helpful to know: Most of the listings that got suspended…

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  • The newest addition to the marketing mix’s Ps: Proximity

    …, the further a potential customer is from a store, the less likely it is that the customer will visit the location. Since most people find businesses through local search and digital maps, proximity needs to be a major aspect of every marketing strategy. If you get everything else right but fail to optimize for proximity, you’ll have a hard time…

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  • National retailers: Stop ignoring local SEO

    … against these brand and store locators.) But let’s say you have your act somewhat together. You build a great store locator on your site, you get your Google My Business listings somewhat in order (and don’t forget your Apple Maps listings!), and your locations are now ranking well. Everything’s great, right? Wrong. Because now it’s highly likely…

    Andrew Shotland/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 26 readers -
  • Need to get with Google My Business support? Use Twitter!

    … Business (yes, I’m not linking to the post on purpose). Depending on your particular keyword phrase when you search, that post usually ranks anywhere from #2 to #5 for any variation of “Google My Business support” — and it’s always the highest-ranking non-Google result. The problem is, while phone support supposedly still exists, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get…

    Greg Gifford/ Search Engine Landin Social SEO Google- 16 readers -
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