Local SEO

Abandoned Google+ Pages to Shut Down on July 28!

Jul 27, 2015 | 891 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 | 968 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 | 1,181 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’.

Google Sets New Guidelines For Authorized Representatives For Local Business!

Jul 10, 2015 | 1,258 views | by Ritu Sharma
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A new set of rules and regulations has been issued by Google with regard to how SEM/SEO companies should typify the clients associated with them inside Google My Business or Google Map Listings.

The new rules, are not something that can be forced upon clients, but it definitely does help bringing in line the companies that hold the Google Map Listings of their clients, using techniques unapproved by Google

Citysearch Partners With Yext To Power Local Search Directory!

May 16, 2015 | 1,459 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Citysearch and Yext are now partners. This partnership is formed in order to power the listings displayed over at the Citysearch local search directory. So, now when users will try to claim a listing on Citysearch, it will take them to Yext with a pop up message that reads, “Welcome to Yext.”

The message further goes on to read:

Google Temporarily Suspends Google Map Maker After Several Public Google Map Hacks!

May 12, 2015 | 1,273 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google Map Maker has been temporarily suspended by Google. Map Maker is a service to allow the community to make edits to Google Maps similar to how Wikipedia edits work. The service was suspended due to the recent public edits which showed how easy it is to make fraudulent edits to businesses.

Now Bookmark Places In Search Results on Google!

May 5, 2015 | 1,298 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google is making it easier for its users by allowing to bookmark places users want to map now or visit later, by giving the ability to save places from the Google local box in search results.

To facilitate saving, Google has added a star icon adjacent to the place name in the local box. A Google spokesperson confirmed, “When you click on the star icon, your saved place will appear on your map, in your search and directions suggestions, and under the ‘your places’ tab of Google Maps.”

Yelp Redefines Search Options- Adds Restaurant Reservations as New Option!

Apr 17, 2015 | 1,216 views | by Ritu Sharma
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A new offering from Yelp will now allow its users to search and filter restaurant results by available reservations.

Yelp Now has date, time, party size, and type of cuisine as search filters. The restaurants available are those that use Yelp's SeatMe and Reservations. For takeout, the enhancement also searches eateries that deliver at specific times, using EatStreet, ChowNow, delivery.com, and Yelp-owned Eat24.

Apple Maps Rolls Out New Review Sources, Replaces Yelp Outside US!

Apr 7, 2015 | 1,384 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Spotted first by AppleInsider, Apple has added reviews content from TripAdvisor and Booking.com to Apple Maps. The new review sources appear to be both for US and international locations, though it is predominantly outside the US.

Google Launches A Program Called “Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map.”

Mar 26, 2015 | 1,308 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google is introducing a program called “Lets Put Our Cities On The Map.” This new portal Get Your Business Online is like Facebook’s Blueprint and Learn How sites that were launched this week. It proffers resources to business owners and potential partners to help them get online or correct and complete their online presences.