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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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Local search roundup: February 2012

Google Places Update: Codename “Venice”
360-degree virtual tours: Google Business Photos
Check-Ins: Influencing Google’s Local Rankings?
Infographic : Search Ecosystem 2012
411 Locals/411 Service: Beware!

Local Roundup – October 2011

major ranking drops – Places gets an algorithm update!
ultimate list of local citation sites
users automatically updating your Google Places
Adwords location makeover
justice for Places manipulation – if you threaten Google with legal action

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Getting British Business Online?: Or just filling Google & BT’s coffers?

GBBO is an effort to encourage businesses to acquire a ‘free’ web presence through Google Sites and BT website hosting. This post is a bit of a rant – but a valid one – about a high profile but costly initiative that is a missed opportunity to benefit the whole local business community, not just BT and Google. I’d be interested to hear the views of the GBBO!


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