I had a unique experience a couple months ago that confirmed that Google weights local ranking factors differently for branded search terms than they do for non-branded ones.
Before I explain what happened, I need to first clarify that there are
This is my official guide to help other users know how to get better at fighting spam that appears on Google Maps, Google MapMaker and within the 3-pack on Google search. It is no secret that spam is a HUGE problem with Google and frankly appears to
A common question we get in Local SEO is how businesses that have practitioner listings should approach Google My Business. There is a lot of confusion around how to deal with these and if they help or hurt the business’ ranking on Google.
Google recently posted a blog article raving about how it tackled webspam in 2015. The numbers were quite impressive. The webspam team handed out more than 4.3 million manual penalties last year, which must have been pretty labor-intensive. If only
One of the more frustrating, common issues we have in Local Search is when you’re on the phone with a client, searching the same keyword and seeing completely different things. There are 2 things I’ve found that make the biggest influence on what
Article updated May 2, 2016 to include the second way. Huge thanks to Dino Basaldella at SEO West for the tip.
I've often heard business owners concerned about their address being listed on Google and Google likes to claim that it's private whe
I noticed today that Google started displaying the neighborhood a business is in beside their primary category on Google in the knowledge panel.
There is no field for this in Google My Business and Google is pulling this data from MapMaker's local
I regularly hear things in the Local SEO world that many people believe, but which are completely false. I wanted to put some of these myths to rest by listing out the top 9 Local SEO myths that I run into most frequently.
Has your business listing in Google been suspended? Not sure what happened? I see threads over at the Google My Business forum all the time from panicked business owners or SEOs who have logged into Google My Business to see a big red “Suspended”
I used to think that locksmithing was the industry with the highest percentage of fake local listings on Google. I’m starting to think I was wrong.
It all started a few weeks ago, when I was talking to Dev Basu at Powered By Search. He was askin