Google’s Map Maker has often received bad press due to the amount of spam that originates from users of the product. In May of 2015, Map Maker was actually shut down to help prevent disasters like this one. So Google’s announcement that they’r
Earlier this year, Google started adding social media profile icons into the Knowledge Graph for local businesses. Previously, there was a feedback button you could select if the profiles they connected to your business were incorrect. It looks l
Previously, I wrote an article unveiling some of the most common myths I see in the Local SEO space. I thought I’d do a follow-up that specifically talked about the myths pertaining to citations that I commonly hear from both small business owners
I have just managed to find my first live example of the next step for the advanced verification beta test for locksmiths and plumbers in San Diego. We knew that these businesses had to pass advanced verification before November 10 or Google was go
How significantly did the Possum update impact local search results in Google? In this article, I share data and insights from a study I did with BrightLocal, which compared local results before and after the update.
I often see new tactics that spammers use to get listings on Google Maps via Google My Business. This one is quite creative in comparison to previous ones I've looked at. Basically a company called "Presidential Election Survey, Inc" is calling aro
If you noticed a massive change in the local search results on September 1, 2016, you're not alone. It's probably the biggest change in Local I have seen since Pigeon in 2014. In this article I will dive into what I have found has changed as a re
Updated September 8, 2016 to include how to get the CID from MapMaker, Google Plus, and Google Maps for SAB
A fellow Google My Business Top Contributor provided me with a tip today on how to find the CID number of a business listing on Google Map
Updated: September 7, 2016 - Duplicates in MapMaker should be reported, not deleted. Updated what to do with old practitioner listings.
Updated: March 4, 2016 - Added process for marking an old location as moved.
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Did you see some seriously crazy changes in the local search results last week (Sept 1)? In this article I go into my initial findings on what I think is going on with the Local 3-Pack and what types of results Google is filtering.