It’s a tough choice when you’re wondering if you should break Google’s guidelines after you’ve been filtered out of the local results. A couple of months ago I was helping a physical therapy business on the Google My Business Forum that was filtered out of the local results on Google because of the Possum algorithm..
A recent study released by Google claims that fewer than 0.5% of local searches lead to fake listings. But is this number misleading?
In the last few weeks, we’ve been seeing these ads show up consistently now for businesses we were testing it on, but only on mobile. We have yet to see them show up on computers but assume that is coming soon. The ad shows up as the first listing in the 3-pack making the total..
Since MapMaker has died, there appears to be no obvious way to see all the categories your competitors are targeting on their Google My Business listings. This is important to know to confirm if you have all the right categories on yours.
Updated April 11, 2017 – Updated strategies to remove references to MapMaker, how to check the status of an edit in Maps, how to report duplicates, how to get edits reviewed, and how to appeal a wrongful denial. This is my official guide to help other users know how to get better at fighting spam that..
After several months of writing and re-writing (as Google changed things), I’m happy to announce that my Local SEO training is finally available for purchase. Google has changed a ton of things in the last few months for Local SEOs so this guide could not have come out at a better time. As MapMaker was..
Google recently announced that users can now review others’ edits on a computer instead of only having this ability on mobile. In the past, I could see edits people made to a listing via Google Maps by pulling up the listing in question. It looked something like this (yes, those were real edits that a..
For those of you that haven’t heard, I recently decided to take the entrepreneur leap and open my own company. Sterling Sky Inc will be officially opening as of April 2017 with me (Joy Hawkins) as the sole owner. What will I be doing? Consulting. This has really been my passion over the last couple..
On January 13, 2017 fourteen locksmiths across the USA filed a lawsuit against Google, Yahoo, and Bing for flooding their search results with fake listings. The attorney defending them is Jeffrey Roberts in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The lawsuit explains that these search engines are the primary avenue for consumers to seek locksmiths and together..
I was recently a part of a very lengthy thread on the Google My Business forum. The main question that was trying to be addressed in the thread was this: If I own a Service Area Business, which is not required by Google to have a staffed location, can I use a Virtual Office as..