Location proximity. The business location needs to be near/within the area being searched upon. While some of us believe that this isn’t being given quite the level of importance it once was, it’s common sense that the business needs to be near the area or it won’t work for the consumer. Previously, Google appeared to make the companies closest to the search centroid have higher rank, but now that’s shifted as the businesses seem to only be within the area being searched and actual rankings are based more heavily on other factors. Mike Blumenthal stated in the Local Search Ranking Factors survey that “Having a high Location Prominence Score is a 5 in terms of importance…”. He’s probably referring to Google’s local search patent, “Scoring local search results based on location prominence”, described by Bill Slawski. Listings need to be geographically relevant to have a chance to appear in the results. … [Read more...] about Has Google Maps Switched From PageRank to “BizRank”?
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This was brought to our attention today by a phone call from a "marketing expert" who pointed out this problem and how it could get us banned from google. When we refused to pay him to correct the problem, he threatened to flag our real listings and get them removed/penalized if we didn't pay him. This person obviously created about 25 fake listings with my domain in another Google Places account before calling to point out this "problem" and is holding the ability to delete them hostage... There is no way for us to correct the listing. … [Read more...] about Warning: Beware New Breed Of Extortion In Google Maps
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 inside GMB and the reviews came back. You might want to consider giving that a try." … [Read more...] about Google Maps Bug With Business Reviews Disappearing
The present invention is directed to a system in which a semantic space is searched in order to determine the semantic distance between two locations. A further aspect of the present invention provides a system in which a portion of semantic space is purchased and associated with a target data set element which is returned in response to a search input. The semantic space is created by a lexicon of concepts and relations between concepts. An input is associated with a location in the semantic space. Similarly, each data element in the target data set being searched is associated with a location in the semantic space. Searching is accomplished by determining a semantic distance between the first and second location in semantic space, wherein this distance represents their closeness in meaning and where the cost for retrieval of target data elements is based on this distance. … [Read more...] about Google Acquisitions – SEO by the Sea
Over time, though, the deal changed. In September 2010, Google told people it might use data from the content of your Gmail messages to better target the ads you’d see on other Google sites. So, if you emailed your friend in Minneapolis to tell him you were coming to visit next weekend, you might see an ad for a hotel in Minneapolis next time you went to Google Maps. … [Read more...] about Debunking Senator Al Franken On Google, The Internet & Privacy