Local SEO

Google+ Account Not Needed For Adding Local Reviews In Google!

Apr 6, 2016 | 1,362 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Users no longer need Google+ account to leave reviews for local businesses on Google. Not only this, Google has also introduced a new interface for writing these reviews.

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It was Conrad O’Connell who first spotted the new interface for leaving reviews on local results and Mike Blumenthal spotted the removal of Google+ making leaving the reviews easier.

Google Updates Local Ranking Help Document!

Apr 4, 2016 | 1,260 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has updated their document on local ranking help and posted about it in their features updates page for Google My Business.

The content has been increased by almost three times of the earlier existing content and the old content has been revamped.

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The document says:

“Can’t find your business? Improve your info.

Add New Business With Updated iOS Google Maps App!

Nov 5, 2015 | 1,547 views | by Ritu Sharma
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The latest version 4.12.0 of iOS Google Maps app lets the user “Easily add new and missing businesses from the sidebar”besides the voice alerts on traffic and congestion on the way.

This version is designed for both iPads and iPhones and make navigation easier and faster. Here are the other features:

  • Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories

Now Available: New Google Maps Layout!

Oct 13, 2015 | 1,756 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Last week Google finally launched the new layout for the Google Maps Search Results. The new interface has a cleaner look and a scrollable search results on the left. Search bar is a little smaller and has three horizontal lines to access the sidebar options.

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Google Revamps My Business App!

Sep 14, 2015 | 2,397 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has launched a new version of the Google My Business App. It will be rolled out with the Android version first and then to the iOS version in the near future.

The app is completely redesigned, with the goal of making the app "simpler, quicker, and a whole lot prettier," says Google.

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Google to Show Only 3 Local Results Instead Of 7!

Aug 10, 2015 | 1,618 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Local searches carried out in Google would now bring back a more limited local pack.

The local pack of 7 listings of Google has been brought down to to three, whereas phone numbers and addresses have been completely eliminated.

If searchers want to get more details about a business they will not be required to click through to the Google Maps listing or website.

New Google Feature to Show Busiest Hours of Local Stores!

Jul 29, 2015 | 1,426 views | by Ritu Sharma
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This step of Google may delight local shoppers. The search engine has introduced a new search feature to show local stores when they are busiest. For now, only people using Android mobile devices will be able to access the feature.

According to a Google communication, the search giant sources the data on a store’s foot traffic from people who have agreed to location sharing. Such information is kept completely anonymous and nothing is tracked from people who haven’t opted into it on their own.

Abandoned Google+ Pages to Shut Down on July 28!

Jul 27, 2015 | 1,640 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Orphaned Google+ pages are set to be shuttered on July 28. Google will unverify inactive Google+ business pages as a part of a general clean-up of unclaimed or dormant pages. Google has been planning to separate local from Plus.

There have been some changes in the appearance of Google+ pages associated with Google My Business (GMB) accounts. These changes along with Google’s policies for treating unclaimed business pages are part of Google’s attempts to simplify people’s experience.

Google Hotel Finder Now Has a New Interface!

Jul 23, 2015 | 1,524 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has a new user interface for Google Hotel Finder. Launched in 2011, the new Hotel Finder has gone through various upgrades for features and interfaces. The tools is specifically designed to find and juxtapose hotels for trips. Google tested a new interface for the feature in the past month and it is now being used by many.

Toggle Google Maps Across Devices!

Jul 14, 2015 | 1,530 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google posted today, that it had made it possible to share Google Maps across devices. Maps on the desktop can now be synced with their cellphones. A signed in user will be able to see the available devices under the tag that reads ‘Send to Device’. A push notification appears on the mobile once a place is sent to it. Both iPhone and Android users should be able to access this new feature, until and unless their Maps are not set to ‘lite mode’.