It will be very interesting to start hearing more anecdotes from SMBs who receive these calls as time goes by. If you run a local business, I'm glad you are reading this article; per usual, Google hasn't done much to educate their public regarding this new policy. At least, having read this, you will know that a call from Google may be the real thing. May I suggest that you use this unprecedented opportunity to ask some of your most burning questions about Maps and Places? The chance may not come again. … [Read more...] about Don’t Hang Up! Google Really Phoning Local Businesses.
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When Google was last on your website. Any server errors from your site. Any soft 404 returns (when the server didn’t provide a 404 page even though the URL doesn’t exist). URLs that go to a page that doesn’t exist. URLs that redirected to a page that was irrelevant. URLs that are blocked. Fixing these issues can give your SEO a boost. … [Read more...] about Google Search Console – The Ultimate Guide to Google’s Tool for SEO Experts
Keep in mind that if hackers are doing something malicious on your site, you might not even get a “Hacked Site” manual action. I’ve handled several cases where unknowing webmasters have ended up with a “Pure Spam” manual action instead. … [Read more...] about 5 Types of Google Penalties (And What You Need to Do to Recover)
Google’s critics will no doubt call this favoritism toward the Obama administration and be quick to point out the company’s ties to Washington, DC. Google CEO Eric Schmidt endorsed Obama for president, later campaigned with him, and then turned down an offer to join the administration. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Google was the fourth-largest corporate contributor to Obama’s presidential campaign. And we’ve reported about a few notable Google employees who’ve left to work for the Obama administration. … [Read more...] about Google Removes Offensive Obama Image; Was It Justified?
Shortly after 1:00 pm EST today, the AP’s account sent out a (fake) tweet saying that President Obama was injured after “two explosions in the White House.” The Dow Jones stock market index momentarily tanked almost 150 points. The AP disabled its Twitter accounts, at least temporarily. And the FBI is investigating the whole thing, no doubt due to the content of the fake tweet. … [Read more...] about Twitter Warns Reporters To Be