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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07.08.2009 Local SEO No Comments

Google Local Business Center Misbehaving

The local listing service from Google is a buggy system. It's not unusual for a change (or new listing) to be submitted, to show that it was accepted, and then to have disappeared when you check a few days later. It's the nature of the beast, and rechecking your work is part of the process. Things have gotten much worse in the last week or so. A number of changes I've submitted via the Local Business Center are not being reflected within Google Maps. They do seem to be saved within the LBC, but are not being transferred over to the public listing itself. Read the rest of this entry...