What You Need to Know About Ads in the 3-Pack

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Last year at a marketing conference in Seattle, Google first announced that they were testing ads in the 3-pack.  This peaked the interest of the people in the audience, myself included, as this would be game changer for Local SEO.  Google has been testing pay-to-play models in other industries but adding an ad in the […]

Google Announces Plan to Kill off MapMaker

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I had a feeling this day was coming. Google MapMaker has been a product that served as the back-end editor for Google Maps for a long time but Google’s lack of communication, attention to the product, and lack of bug fixing has made me skeptical about their plans to keep the product around. As of today, […]

A New Format for Business Listings on Google Maps?

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As of this morning I’m seeing a big change on Google Maps to the way business listings are showing up on Desktop.  Here are the items I’ve seen that are missing: Nearby search Send to Phone feature Share button Suggest an Edit button Add a Photo Button As well, they have added: A call button to […]

Google Issues Warning to Follow the GMB Guidelines

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Google just updated the Google My Business guidelines to add in a summary at the top that warns businesses not to create listings that are ineligible to appear on Maps (duplicates, fake addresses etc).  They also warn that failure to abide by these guidelines will result in the listing getting suspended: Summary: Listings on Google […]

How to Delete a Review You Wrote on Google

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I cannot believe I am writing this article but after 2 different people asked me this question in the last 24 hours, I attempted to delete a review I wrote and realized why people got confused. Like many things, this process should be simple but apparently is not. Here is what you need to do. […]

Google My Business Adds Guidelines for Seasonal Businesses

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Google My Business has just clarified how seasonal businesses can list their hours on Google. Keep in mind that seasonal businesses without a permanent location are still not allowed according to MapMaker so it’s important to make sure these listings are verified through Google My Business or they could get removed. This has been a pain […]