Sometimes places don’t exist where Google Maps say they do. That can happen when places close and it’s not reported to maps, or places move and don’t update their address information on the Web, or sometimes places just aren’t where Google Maps say they are. I tried to find a local restaurant last year, and drove around in circles until finally giving up. I later found that the place had closed, but wasn’t sure of the right way to try to report my inability to find it to Google when I was driving around, since I wasn’t sure that it had closed at that time. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
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Anyone can edit a business listings details on Google Maps and local. So if you have a competitor and you want to close them down, or shut their business hours, or change their web site address or worse, you can do that. The business owner may notice an email about the change, only after the change was implemented. Then they need to go in and update their listing and wait days for Google to update it in the search results. … [Read more...] about Fake Google Maps Edits Cause Major Business Disruptions
Google has for several years been investing very heavily in Maps (and Earth), as well as distributing Google Maps across the internet via its API. The features and capabilities developed for Google Maps are more extensive and widely known than those of its competitors. And only Microsoft has matched Google’s investment in online mapping; however Redmond has not done as effective a job of promoting Live Search Maps/Virtual Earth’s capabilities to end users. Part of that goes back to Google’s search share dominance. But part of that is Microsoft’s failing. … [Read more...] about ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1
The change is that Google is sending more traffic to Google Maps for high volume generic terms and for variations on the Mapquest brand name. Google sent more traffic to Google Maps for searches for “maps” this year compared with the same week last year. The same is true for “driving directions,” “map,” and “directions,” as well as variations on the Mapquest brand name, including “mapquest driving directions” and “map quest.” … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest