Specifically, the paper proposes a framework that takes a user location and a collection of near-by places as arguments, producing a ranking of the places. The framework enables a range of aspects of directions queries to be exploited for the ranking of places, including the frequency with which places have been referred to in directions queries. Next, the paper proposes an algorithm and accompanying data structures capable of ranking places in response to hyper-local web queries. Finally, an empirical study with very large directions query logs offers insight into the potential of directions queries for the ranking of places and suggests that the proposed algorithm is suitable for use in real web search engines. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
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This is a major issue and to be honest, I shy away from covering it, because people target my business whenever I cover Google Maps hacks or exploits. Heck, my own business has it's business closed, hours changed, even our web site URL point elsewhere - because SEOs are awesome I guess? I mean, at least leave a positive review if you are going to mess with my Google Local listing please? … [Read more...] about Fake Google Maps Edits Cause Major Business Disruptions
The worst offender in this category was an SEO company that listed itself at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. I played dumb and called the Royal York Hotel and asked them if there was an SEO company somewhere in their lobby (since they do have restaurants and novelty shops). The lady told me they have condos with tenants upstairs, and that is most likely how this business was able to verify their listing at this address. … [Read more...] about Please stop spamming Google Maps!
Step 1. Set Up Your Google My Business Account The most important thing is to make sure you’re listed and your information is correct. You can do this for Google maps via Google My Business. Google My Business provides an easy way for a business owner to create a listing or claim an existing one, allowing them to ensure that their information is accurate and complete. Best of all, it’s free. … [Read more...] about Google Maps, Yelp & Local SEO In 2015
The Android phone redirects the URL to a page pitching Google’s Android apps. The iPhone also gets redirected but to a page pitching iOS apps from Google. The Windows 7.5 phone gets redirected to a page for all “other” mobile devices, which lists these apps: … [Read more...] about The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps