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Is Google's New Local Algorithm 'Pigeon' for the Birds?

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Google rolled out a new local ranking algorithm that more closely mimics traditional organic search ranking -- but some queries have lost the 7-pack results entirely, pushing many local businesses off Page 1 altogether. Google rolled out a new local ranking algorithm that more closely mimics traditional organic search ranking -- but some queries have lost the 7-pack results entirely, pushing many local businesses off Page 1 altogether. 0 Comments

Google Places Updates Quality Guidelines to Include Business Descriptor

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Google Places for Business recently announced an update to its quality guidelines that allows businesses to add a descriptor to its business name that clarifies what the business is about. Some worry this opens listings up to major spam. Google Places for Business recently announced an update to its quality guidelines that allows businesses to add a descriptor to its business name that clarifies what the business is about. Some worry this opens listings up to major spam. 0 Comments

6 Google Search Changes You May Have Missed

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With Google constantly testing new features and making updates to its search product, we thought we'd round up some of the latest changes to Google's search functionality that are being spotted across the web. Some are confirmed updates by Google. With Google constantly testing new features and making updates to its search product, we thought we'd round up some of the latest changes to Google's search functionality that are being spotted across the web. Some are confirmed updates by Google. 0 Comments

New Google Map Ads Stir Controversy

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Google recently added bubble ads to select Google Maps locations. The choice to create new ad space has caused controversy, with some business owners concerned about the potential for reputation warfare and poorly targeted ads. Google recently added bubble ads to select Google Maps locations. The choice to create new ad space has caused controversy, with some business owners concerned about the potential for reputation warfare and poorly targeted ads. 0 Comments

Google Places Fails to Stop Spam, Abuse

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The New York Times’ large spotlight is on Google again, this time showing how easy it is for local business owners to become victims of abuse from spammers fraudulently reporting a business as closed. Google promises a solution is in the works. The New York Times’ large spotlight is on Google again, this time showing how easy it is for local business owners to become victims of abuse from spammers fraudulently reporting a business as closed. Google promises a solution is in the works. 0 Comments