411 Locals Newsletter July 27 - August 9 2013

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Google Rolling Out Review Distribution Charts for G+ Page

<b>Update 6:45 pm</b>: Google has confirmed the review distribution is going live and will be visible across all browsers and desktop machines shortly. It …

Announcing the 2013 Local Search Ranking Factors Results

I'm pleased to announce the full results of this year's Local Search Ranking Factors survey were published earlier this morning. (The pie chart below …

Google Continues Test of Local Call-Out Box

Phil Rozek of Local Visibility shared these two screen shots of a Google test that highlights the sitelinks display on a branded local search with …

Meet Helpouts, Google’s Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform

While its roots lie in search, today, Google wears many hats. From self-driving cars and wearable technology to social networking and mobile operating systems, there are few industries where the search and advertising giant has yet to make its presence felt. Lately, however, Google’s expansion has …

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Will Google’s New ‘City Experts’ Program Boost Review Counts?

Google may well be struggling to get local business reviews from its users. Unlike Yelp Google doesn’t have any sort of consumer community built …

No Reviews? The New Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up Doesn’t Pop

Based on the comments I am seeing on yesterday’s post, it appears that the new Google+ Local Reviews Pop-Up has gone global. Since it seems like this …

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Google To Shutter Its Google+ Local iOS App Next Month

With the newly updated Google Maps app for iOS out, Google has announced its plans to shut down the Google+ Local app for iOS on August 7th. There's …

Google Relaunches Zagat App With Yelp In Mind

Last week, Google killed the Google+ Local mobile app for iOS, saying that all the same content was available in Google Maps for iOS. Today, the …

Google Looks to Keep Local Users at Google.com With Two Interface Updates

Google has had a busy week on the local front. The most significant of these updates are two new local interface conventions in the main search …

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The New Google Maps App: 5 Reasons Local Businesses Should Care

This month Google released new Android and iOS versions of the Google Maps app. If you are a local business owner interested in first-time and return …

7 Things I've Figured Out About The New Google Maps

Google has been busy changing a lot of the user interfaces for its local search services. Between the new Google Maps, the Google Local Carousel and …

Google Upgrades New Dashboard with 'Remove This Listing" Option

The new Places for Business Dashboard has for the most part been a significant improvement over the old Dashboard in most regards. That being said, …

Need Help Getting Reviews? Its only $299/mo and a 'little' cheating

Google, in their ever increasing focus on reviews, has created a marketplace where abuse of their review system has economic rewards. This is not new …

Google: Links In Press Releases Should Use Nofollow Like Paid Links

Friday we broke the news that Google updated their link schemes webmaster guidelines. Now that the dust has settled, I aimed at getting more …

How To Measure Local Area & Directory Referrals With Google Analytics

Step by step instructions for tracking and segmenting traffic from specific geographic areas and specialized local area directories.

Google Patents Anchor Text Snippets

Sharing is caring!<p>shares<p>Somewhere out there is a universe that looks exactly like this one, and appears to run exactly like this one. Except …

Essential Free Keyword Research Tools For Writers & Webmasters « Content Writers

Keyword research has moved on significantly from the days when one would simply create a page for each keyword and then aggressively include it (and …

What is ‘Pure Spam’? 10 Examples From Google

Like a hot dog, one does not often associate the word “pure” with “spam”. In fact, one is generally best not to think of what it’s made of – unless …

How Website Speed Actually Impacts Search Ranking

Google uses a multitude of factors to determine how to rank search engine results. Typically, these factors are either related to the content of a …

WordPress 3.6 is Out

WordPress.org today announced the release of WordPress 3.6, featuring a new blog-centric theme and a revamped revision browser. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it’s 5.2MB).<p>Dubbed “Oscar” in honor of Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, WordPress 3.6 …

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New Google Analytics Administration Screen

Google has quietly launched a new Analytics administration screen for you to manage your analytics profiles. Now, with the new look, you should be …

Google Launches Manual Spam Actions Viewer, Streamlines Reconsideration Process

Google is adding a new feature in Webmaster Tools that will leave no doubt when a site's search rankings are affected by a manual webspam action. …

Google Secures Patent For Social Search

Google continues to search for a connection with social media to give advertisers an edge, looking to patents to secure its place in the media …

Gather Page Insights & Data With LinkedIn Company Page Analytics

The quest to improve and enhance LinkedIn's company pages continues. Last week admins finally gained the ability to act as their own brand, and today …

Facebook Launches Embedded Posts, With Select Publishers For Now

Facebook announced they are testing a new feature to embed public Facebook posts on your website. This is similar to the way you can embed tweets, …

Twitter Launches Its Version Of Universal Search Results

Twitter is in the process of rolling out what you could call its version of "universal search results" on Twitter.com. The changes bring Twitter's …

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm With New "Story Bumping" & "Last Actor" Factors

Facebook is changing the way it ranks organic posts that are eligible to show up in its users' News Feeds. The company announced two new factors -- …

SEO for Google+ Profiles, Pages, Local, Communities & Updates

Want to maximize your visibility in Google’s search results? This Google+ SEO guide explains how to optimize your profile, page, local, communities, …

Graph Search Now Fully Launched in US English

As of today, Graph Search has been launched to everyone using Facebook in US English. Graph Search appears as a larger search bar at the top of the …