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No. 1389 • March 19th, 2012 • No Comments

Many of you may have heard that Google is transitioning its Help Forums for Places to a new platform.  They have made the very strange decision to suppress–actually ELIMINATE–all previous posts that have accumulated over the years.  So much for “organizing all the world’s information?” Cynics may say that they’re attempting to cover tracks that […]

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Is Verizon a Data Supplier to Google Places?

No. 1332 • January 17th, 2012 • 22 Comments

Obviously, I've claimed my consulting business on most of the major search engines and data aggregators, and done my best to make sure that my NAP information (Name, Address, and Phone number, for those of you new to Local Search) is consistent everywhere. Sure there are a few minor variations of my official DBA (David Mihm Web Design / Local SEO) due to various aggregators' limitations on length of business title. But, I recently came across a crazy bug on my Google Place Page! I couldn't believe it. My phone number had all of a sudden changed from 503-560-2755 to 971-400-6360. I had two questions--#1, of course, why had my phone number changed? #2--and more importantly--where did that number come from?

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[Infographic] A Brief History of Google Places

No. 1322 • January 10th, 2012 • 12 Comments

SEOs tend to work themselves into a frenzy over every minor news announcement that comes out of Mountain View–and one could probably say Local SEOs lie on the extreme end of the spectrum. In some respects, it’s understandable. Our space is constantly evolving, and to ignore these announcements can put us at a significant disadvantage relative to […]

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Recent Search Articles of Interest

No. 1033 • November 5th, 2011 • 4 Comments

Hey everyone, I know I’ve been incredibly lax in posting recently.  October was a very busy month.  Including the last week of September and the first week of November, I was busy putting on four Local University events with Mike Blumenthal, Mary Bowling, Matt McGee, Aaron Weiche (PS–Minnesotans looking for a web gig, Aaron is hiring), […]

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Yelp vs Google in Congress

No. 1017 • September 21st, 2011 • 7 Comments

Most of you have probably heard that Google will go before the Senate Antitrust Committee in a couple hours.  One of the star “prosecution” witnesses is Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Regular readers know that in general, I’d like to see more oversight of Google’s activities by somebody & I’m hoping that these proceedings lead to exactly […]

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Mike Blumenthal Featured in New York Times; Google Responds Immediately

No. 1014 • September 6th, 2011 • 10 Comments

I came across a very pleasant surprise on NYTimes.com last night: this article on the ease of crowdsourcing business closures within Google Places.   “The Oracle of Olean,” Mike Blumenthal, features prominently in the second half of the article, as the Times found his experiment on closing Google’s Mountain View location particularly illustrative and amusing. […]

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More Detailed Thoughts on Google’s Place Page Shift

No. 1009 • July 25th, 2011 • 27 Comments

I’m amazed at the number of mainstream publications, including TechCrunch, who have misinterpreted the latest interface change at Google. Google Places has not stopped “stealing reviews,” if that’s even what you could say they were doing in the first place. They’ve just stopped displaying them, and stopped displaying citations.

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Quick Thoughts on the Cataclysmic Place Page Shift

No. 1006 • July 22nd, 2011 • 4 Comments

Hey everyone, I’m currently presenting at Expon Brasil & haven’t had a great chance to keep up with all the coverage.  Wanted to include some quick thoughts while I have internet access.  I’ll follow-up with a full post later today or tomorrow. 1) If you didn’t see this coming, you haven’t been paying attention. 2) […]

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Problem of Google “Phone Spoofing” Increasing for SMB’s?

No. 1001 • June 23rd, 2011 • 20 Comments

Awhile back, I passed along the news that Google was spot-checking business owner information telephonically. As I said at the time, I love the fact that Google is trying to improve the quality of business data, but over the phone remains a bad mechanism for accomplishing this goal, in my opinion. Why?  It’s becoming impossible […]

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Google Launches Indexed Local Directory Portals

No. 991 • June 13th, 2011 • 21 Comments

Hat tip to Linda Buquet of Catalyst Local Marketing for being the first to spot the Austin and Portland versions below, and thus the first to publicize the overall concept. Google has just released city-specific business directories that are clearly going to compete with Yelp, Citysearch, and all the other IYPs in terms of highlighting […]

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