I’m worried that Google may not have put quite enough thought into the Google+ Local logo…
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.
You may have heard chat about recent changes to Google’s search ranking algorithms, named Panda and Penguin.
Over a three week period in April 2012 these major iteration updates or ‘filters’ to the algorithm have affected how certain links and sites are perceived, and has caused some sites to slip or even completely lose their positions in Google search engine results pages (SERPs). So what are they in simple terms?
For on-page factors and usability.
Equivalent filter targeting offsite factors and links.
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…
Possibly the most exciting PPC news in months? Well, exciting for me anyway – Google has announced that from the end of January the Impression Share metrics will now be available at Ad Group level. One of the key elements of Adword’s success is Google’s balancing of available data – giving just enough data while keeping a lot of the insight hidden, pushing advertisers to work hard at trial and error and rewarding those who invest. Being able to identify ad impression we’ve lost out on at ad group level will help us hone in on the areas with poor relevance easier.
Another 31 days and another 31 days of game-changing, world-revolutionising, riot-causing updates from the guys that brought us Google Buzz.
Keyword relevance and landing page quality becomes more important for Google Adwords
Google +1s arrive on display ads
Bid-per-Call (rather than Bid-per-Click) introduced to Adwords
Google Adwords Express launched for small local businesses in the UK
Mobile ads now in apps
“not provided” – could this be your biggest organic referring keyword soon? Google have moved the goal posts again – time for us to find a way around these changes…
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