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Google Places is dead! Long live Google+ Local?

OK this is big: we’ve been bitching about Google Places for long enough so we have to be happy with a change I suppose!

It’s been announced that Google Places are being completely replaced by Google+ Local pages, effectively combining the local business aspects of Places with the peer-review and social trust supposedly associated with Google+ profiles and pages.

It’s clear that local and social really can’t be viewed in isolation any more. Local ties in with social, which ties in with SEO, which ties in with content marketing, which ties in with social – in the near future great Google rankings are only going to be achieved by those being great at all of them.

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inaccurate Google Maps listings – Harrods of Bradford

Google Maps: the key to improving local results or just an unreliable mess? Where is Harrods exactly? I’ll check Google Maps. Imagine my surprise to find out where it was…

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Microformats SEO how-to: I’ve a cunning Schema

Want increased traffic? Want improved click-through on your search results in Google and the like? Use microdata, microformats and Schema!

Microdata is HTML markup for pages used to better indicate what content is contained therein to sites including search engines like Google.

Disclamier: This is a bit of a techie post, and it includes discussion of code implementation. Even if you don’t understand the code please try to understand the opportunities provided.

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Google’s Local Listings: A New Hybrid Algorithm

Last week Google made one of the most significant changes it has ever made. It’s very big news for anybody wanting to rank for local search phrases.

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LINK: Major changes in organic listings for Local

I’d love to blog about this fully as this is such a HUGE change in my view, but time is short.  See in the meantime please read Search Engine Land’s report of the recent change to Google results pages for local queries.

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A Curious set of Circumstances: Google Places

Morale of the story: Claim your correct Google Places listing or you risk losing business (or at the very least annoying your customers). Also – think about some PPC advertising on your brand terms!


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