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Google says it has reduced fake Google Maps listings by 70% since 2015

en_US<p>article<p>Company cites machine learning and new business verification techniques as main reasons for the …


Spam In, Garbage Out - Why Google's Recent Paper on Map Spam is Flawed

The claim made by Google that <i>“…fewer than 0.5% of local searches lead to fake listings”</i> in Google search is NOT a conclusion that can be drawn from …


Google Map Maker is now dead

Google announced late last year that it would shut down Map Maker, its older, online tool that allowed anyone to contribute updates to Google Maps. The service, which had been around since 2008, let users correct or fill in missing map content – like place details, roads, business information and …

Google My Business Lets You Enter URL Attributes For Other Business Information

Google quietly added a feature to the Google My Business spreadsheet uploads to enter URL attributes. These URL attributes can be used to link to …


Just released: 2017 Local Search Ranking Factors survey results

At the risk of oversimplifying what it takes to rank in local search results in 2017, links and reviews are hot.That’s one of the many conclusions …


Google Tests Showing Number Of Reviews Left By Reviewer

Google seems to be testing showing the number of reviews a reviewer has under his or her belt in the reviews snippet for local search results.<p>Here is …


Google Tests Local Knowledge Panels Without Maps

Google is testing, yet another, Google local knowledge panel user interface. This one is where the local knowledge panel is not even showing the map …


Bing has a chatbot answering local search questions

Skype-powered chatbot is showing up as an assistant to help searchers learn about restaurants in the Seattle area.


Google Local Results Showing Query Specific Data, Like Hours, Reviews, Phone & Address

If you search in Google for local businesses and get even more specific, such as ask for their reviews, phone number, address, hours of operation and …


Google: Domain Age Doesn't Matter For Search Rankings

Google's John Mueller responded with a resounding "no" when he was asked if domain age matters for ranking in Google's search results. John responded …


Submit Any URL To Google For Indexing Within The Search Results Interface

Go to Google and search for [submit URL to Google] and Google will place a box at the top of the search results that lets you plug in any URL you …


Google Adds Carousel & Rich List Suggestions for Blog Queries

Looking for a blog in a particular market area? Google has added a new feature with both rich lists and carousels that lists popular blogs in a …


Google: Use Disavow File When Threatened With Negative SEO

We've seen it before, SEO extortion emails and negative SEO threats. Bill Hartzer recently got one and asked Google what to do.<p>The advice given is …


Google Tests URL At Top Of Search Results Snippets

Google has been busy testing new mobile snippet layouts recently. We've recently seen them testing breadcrumbs at the top of the search results …


Siri is Google's nearest mobile search competitor [Report]

According to a survey from Fivesight Research, Siri had a larger share of mobile search than Bing or Yahoo.


Amazon is becoming a 'more important search engine than Google,' says NYU professor

Amazon has become a major player in the search engine space, and could soon become a "more important search engine than Google," NYU Stern School of …


Yelp buys Turnstyle to expand targeting and offline attribution capabilities

en_US<p>article<p>The acquisition greatly enhances what Yelp can offer business …

YouTube removes ads from channels with less than 10k views

YouTube is moving to restrict ads to channels that only have 10,000 lifetime views or more. It says this move will protect content creators — and probably advertisers as well.<p>The company opened its YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to everyone in 2007. Anyone could apply to have their videos monetized, …


Facebook now has more than 5 million monthly advertisers

Over the past year or so, Facebook has attracted a million new advertisers roughly every six months.


Twitter officially opens direct messages to chatbots

“Bot” is a tricky word when it comes to Twitter. Maybe that’s why, for all the hype around chatbots on platforms like Facebook Messenger, Kik, Slack …


New: LinkedIn Launches Lead Gen Forms

LinkedIn today launched Lead Gen Forms. This new feature in Sponsored Content campaigns removes a huge barrier on mobile devices: filling out …

Search Engines

Twitter adds location sharing for businesses offering customer support over Direct Messages

The Twitterverse is still reeling from Twitter’s revamp of @ replies, and scratching its head over how changing a default avatar has anything to do with addressing abuse, but the network is plodding on, today releasing a new feature aimed at its business users. The latest in a series of updates …