30.09.2009 Local SEO No Comments

Rankings in Google Maps Dancing All Over

The last few days have been exciting for business listed in Google Maps. And, by “exciting”, I mean irritating has hell as I’ve watched some longtime 10-pack rankings for clients drop away.

A visit to Google Maps Help shows that my clients are not alone. The wailing and gnashing of teeth was constant. Clearly there were (are?) problems across the US and Canada.

And so the conspiracy theories began. Many thought it was connected to edits made in the Local …

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04.09.2009 Local Marketing, Local SEO 1 Comment

Google Maps Still Spammed for Locksmiths

Two months ago, we discussed the abundance of spam listings in Google Maps for "locksmith" keywords. Indications at that time where that Google was attempting to crack down on these spammers, so I decided to take a look and see how they were coming along. I looked at the listings for the six largest cities in Texas: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and Fort Worth. All have populations north of half a million people. Read the rest of this entry...
25.08.2009 ionadas local News, Local PPC, Local SEO No Comments

ionadas local at Interactive Strategies 2009

Come see Brian Combs of ionadas local speak at Interactive Strategies 2009 in Houston on September 9, 2009. Brian will be speaking on SEO vs. PPC in the 3:10pm session. Read the rest of this entry...
19.08.2009 Local SEO 1 Comment

Anatomy of the Implied Local SERP

While 40% of searches contain explicit local intent, geographic intent can be inferred for countless more queries. For many of these queries, Google includes its Google Maps listings for the locality of the searcher automatically. I was curious about the structure of Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) for queries that imply local intent, so I spent part of yesterday studying them. Read the rest of this entry...
17.08.2009 ionadas local News 1 Comment

ionadas local at SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive 2010 may be seven months away, but part of it is heating up already: the "Panel Picker" has just launched. This is a website that allows you to have a voice on the topics for SXSW Interactive, by voting them up or down, and commenting on them. Brian Combs of ionadas local is in the running this year, with this topic:
(Simple + Searchable) x (WordPress Websites) = Results
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