411 Locals Newsletter June 29 - July 26 2013

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The Key To Success In Local Lies In A Vertical Approach

Vertical offerings are playing an increasingly critical role, not only in attracting consumers and directing them to relevant local business …

10 Reasons that the Google Knowledge Graph Sucks More than the Local Graph

The Knowledge Panel sucks much more than Google Local these days. Its like “Déjà vue all over again” (for those Googlers and other readers too young …

How To Search Nearby In The New Google Maps

As you know, Google Maps opened up the new Google Maps to all users who want to preview it. With that, comes confusion on how to use the new …

State of the Most-Important Local Search Sites (Mid-2013)

Like my post? Please share!<p>A lot has changed in the last few months in the world of local search. All of it affects your efforts to get visible to …

Google's Revised Advice On How To Move Your Business On Google Maps

In February, Google came out with specific instructions on how to move your business within Google Maps/Places/Google+ Local. Yea, I know that sounds …

Citymaps, an ambitious Google Maps competitor with a social twist, launches on the iPhone

Taking on Google, Apple, or Nokia in the maps space as a small startup is a little crazy. But that isn’t stopping Citymaps, a high-reaching service that has mapped every city in the U.S. and includes a full-fledged social network that lets you share maps with friends.<p>Before today, Citymaps used to …

50 Great Content Ideas + Examples – part 2

Part one of my gigantic list of content ideas seemed to go down well, so here’s the second half – 25 more! If you missed the first part, you can find …

Google Will Shut Down Alfred, The Local Recommendations App, July 19

Looks like Latitude wasn’t the only Google product that got shut down yesterday in the wake of a new version of Google Maps. Alfred, the local recommendations app that Google picked up through its acquisition in December 2011 of developers The Clever Sense, is getting shut down on July 19.<p>The news …

Have You Tried Google Support for Local Lately?

Since the dawn of Local Search, getting meaningful support for problems with local business listings on Google has been hit or miss. For a long time, …

Google

New Google Maps Now Open To All, No Invite Needed

Google has opened up the new version of Google Maps to anyone who wants to give it a try -- no invite is needed. The company shared the news via …

Citation Monitoring and More Added to the Local Citation Finder

Good news everyone! We added some awesome new features to the Local Citation Finder. We think you’re going to like them.<p>Probably our #1 most …

2013: The Year In Google SEO So Far

In the first half of this year, there has been a lot of SEO-related news coming out from Google. Google has pushed out many new algorithms, made many …

Apple Buys Locationary To Clean Up The Location Data Mess

Reported earlier by AllThingsD, Apple has acquired Toronto-based location-data management startup Locationary. Apple was seeking both the company's …

Apple

Is the Future of Mapping Social?

Sharing is caring!<p>shares<p>My neighbor has run over my last two phonebooks, and rendered them virtually unusable. We share the same driveway, and it …

Google Confirms Panda Update Is Rolling Out: This One Is More "Finely Targeted"

This morning, I noticed a possible Panda update was rolling out, one that seemed to be "softer" in nature than the previous updates, where many …

Heart to Heart About Link Building - Whiteboard Friday

Greetings and salutations, SEOmoz fans. My name is Michael King, a.k.a. iPullRank. I'm the Director of Inbound Marketing at iAcquire. It's been a …

New Google Panda Update Rolling Out Now: What Changes Are Webmasters Seeing?

Despite Google stating they would no longer confirm any of the rolling Panda updates, they seem to have gone back on that and confirmed that yes a …

Google

Google's Matt Cutts: Duplicate Content Won't Hurt You, Unless It Is Spammy

Duplicate content is a huge topic in the search engine optimization (SEO) space; heck, we even have a category devoted to the topic. But should we …

Google Chooses Speed Over Content From Sites

People are obsessed with SEO — which is weird. Just a few short years ago, SEO was considered snake oil. I have been designing and implementing SEO …

Google

Google’s Matt Cutts: Create, Curate, Don’t Aggregate

In a recent video, Google’s SEO expert Matt Cutts answers the question “Is it useful to have a section of my site that re-posts articles from other …

Content Marketing

Slick New Overhaul Brings Rank Tracking Back To Raven Tools

Late last year, many Raven Tools users were surprised to find that Search Engine ranking data had been removed. Under pressure from Google, Raven …

SEO Cocitation Considerations and What It Means to Your Small Business

Google’s number one priority is being able to differentiate between natural sites and spam- centered sites. It’s a fine line to walk, but in order to …

The 10 Days of Google Panda

Google’s Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts recently clarified that Panda updates are still going out every month; Google won’t tell you about it …

How Does Google Treat Hidden Text That’s Only Temporarily Hidden?

Back about 10 years ago, it was so common to see websites that would have 10,000 keywords in hidden white text in the footer the homepage in order to …

SEO

Google Analytics Updates Segmentation To Simplify & Make More Powerful

Google announced changes being rolled out to how Google Analytics handles their segmentation features. Google has improved their advanced …

51% of agencies say Google+ has no impact on search campaigns: report

<b>Every now and then a report is published that suggests people are slowly coming round to the idea of using Google+, however the reality is that it is</b> …

Google+

How To Increase Traffic To Your Website With The Help Of Images

A picture can say a thousand words…and it gets clicked on too. With Google showing images and videos in high ranking positions through its universal …