For those of us who work in local search optimization, it’s clear that Google PageRank is less and less important as a factor in result rankings. It’s not difficult to find instances where businesses with lower PageRank are listed higher than competitors in the local 10-pack, and some like Matt McGee point out cases where companies with no website at all are ranking well. These cases show that in Google’s local searches, PageRank has been pushed aside in favor of a ranking process that’s often independent of websites: I’ll call it “BizRank”. Now, the fact that Google Maps contains listings with no associated websites is nothing new. When they first launched their service that mashed up keyword search + yellow pages directory + map interface, it contained many listings with no sites. Yet, for many of us in search marketing, our focus and even some level of unspoken agreement has been that listings with website URLs have a clear advantage over … [Read more...] about Has Google Maps Switched From PageRank to “BizRank”?
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Google should be issuing a mass warning right now, but in lieu of that, I'm going to. If your business is listed in Google Maps or you are simply a Maps user, do yourself a huge favor and read this post. Just when you thought tactics couldn't get any slimier on the dark side of Local, they have. Weaknesses in the Google Maps system are letting in a new breed of slithering, low-down criminals who have decided that going into the extortion business is a fine use of the gift of life. Let me make you aware of what's going on. The Specific Scenario Several people have shown up in the Google Places Help Forum recently reporting a similar dilemma. Case in point was a limo business owner who posted this story:My business has a couple address that are both listed and claimed in google maps. However, if you do a search of my domain name, you will see three pages of results, all but two of which are wrong. The wrong listings have a bad phone number, random business name, and random address, … [Read more...] about Warning: Beware New Breed Of Extortion In Google Maps
In the past week or so, many local SEOs have been complaining that reviews on local listings in Google are disappearing. Some businesses are noticing a review or two disappear while others are noticing all their reviews just vanish from Google.Some are saying it is tied to the launch of short names and removing your short name will bring back the reviews but I am not sure if that is correct.Joy Hawkins wrote in the Local Search Forums:I wanted to let you guys know about a current trending issue that is causing people to lose reviews on Google. We've seen many reports of businesses losing reviews each day recently. Sterling Sky (my company) lost one as well as many of our clients. Google is aware of the issue and I'm currently waiting for them to confirm if you need to contact GMB support to have this fixed or if they are able to fix it for everyone all at once. I'll keep this thread updated when I hear back.Joy added "A user on the Google My Business forum deleted his short name … [Read more...] about Google Maps Bug With Business Reviews Disappearing
With all of the recent acquisitions by Yahoo! and Google, I decided to take a closer look at some of the companies that Google has purchased. I’m glad I did. I came across a couple of papers I hadn’t seen before, and learned a little more about some of Google’s employees that I didn’t know. 2007 ZingkuPostiniGrand Central CommunicationsZenter, Inc.Peakstream Inc.FeedburnerPanoramioGreen Border TechnologiesMarratech AB’s Video Conferencing SoftwareTonic SystemsDoubleclickGapminder’s Trendalyzer SoftwareAdscape Media 2006 Jotspot, Inc.YouTube, Inc.Neven [email protected] SoftwareWritelyMeasure MapdMarc BroadcastingReqwireless, Inc.Transformic, Inc. 2005 AndroidAkwan Information TechnologiesDodgeballUrchin Software 2004 ZipdashWhere 2 TechnologiesKeyholePicasaIgnite Logic 2003 Genius LabsSprinksKaltixApplied SemanticsNeotonic SoftwarePyra Labs 2001 OutrideDeja Zingku(Added September 27, 2007) Today, there was a note on the front page of the Zingku web site … [Read more...] about Google Acquisitions – SEO by the Sea
I liked Al Franken as a comedian. I liked the idea of him becoming a US Senator. I definitely like the idea that he wants to defend Americans from potential privacy problems. But I don’t like that he sounds like an uneducated senator of old. Case in point: his recent speech to the American Bar Association attacking Google and raising worries about internet privacy. Let’s do some debunking. Franken gave a speech last night to the American Bar Association’s anti-trust section, The Verge reports. The also have a copy of his speech here. I’ll go through the key parts pertaining to internet privacy, where Google plays the role as chief threat, with Facebook making some cameos. Gmail Hoarding Franken said: But if you use Gmail – as I do – Google has a copy of every single email you’ve written on that service – as well as your friends’ replies. True, unless you trash them. It’s not like Google prevents you from doing this. Not … [Read more...] about Debunking Senator Al Franken On Google, The Internet & Privacy