Last week I had the fun experience of getting a robocall from Point Break Media about my Google My Business listing and quickly realized this is the same company that I’ve been seeing floods of complaints about on the forum. If you’ve received a call from these people here is what you need to know…
Recently, I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to deal with duplicate listings in Google My Business now that MapMaker is dead. Having written detailed instructions outlining different scenarios for the advanced local SEO training manual I started selling over at LocalU, I thought it’d be great to give Moz readers a sample..
If you’re a small business owner who actively gets reviews, it’s likely that you’ve ran into a case where some of your reviews on your Google My Business listing randomly vanished. Google has an active algorithmic filter in place to remove reviews that violate their policies. Before you get all excited thinking this filter is..
The Expert’s Guide to Local SEO is up to 161 pages now. See an overview of all the items I added in April.
Updated: May 3, 2017. Removed references to MapMaker and updated all the processes to reflect what to do on Google Maps. Stay tuned for a much more in-depth version of this to appear on Moz in a couple weeks. There are so many different scenarios that could exist in the Google My Business (GMB) world when..
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..