Google: Maps & Local

    • Google Posts now live for all Google My Business users

      Google announced on the Google My Business blog that they are now rolling out Google Posts to all Google My Business customers. A couple weeks ago, Google moved Google Posts into Google My Business and that is where you can access it now. Go to your Google My Business account and click on “Posts” on the left hand side menu when you are in your Google business listing.

      Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 34 readers -
    • 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 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…

    Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 12 readers -
  • Stop overloading your Local SEO content!

    …, this is a legitimate strategy when done correctly, but, in practice, most of the time the pages created are simply doorway pages. They’re thin pages without any useful content with the sole purpose of ranking in local searches. Google calls those doorway pages and actually penalizes sites for using them. Yep, this is old news — the penalty rolled…

    Greg Gifford/ Search Engine Landin SEO Content- 25 readers -
  • Google Hotel Ads now showing nightly price trends

    … Google’s Hotel Ads are starting to show pricing trends on mobile. Sergey Alakov spotted the update on Thursday. The widget shows the best prices for a one-night stay. If no pricing is available, the bar will be white instead of blue. Clicking on the price goes to a page of ads for “Best prices per night for a 1-night stay” with pricing from…

    Ginny Marvin/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 21 readers -
  • 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…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 18 readers -
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