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The steps for writing a Google+ review have changed, with the introduction of #collections .  Here are the new steps for posting a review of a local business on Plus:
Google has changed the steps for writing a Google Plus review…again. Unlike 3 years ago, this time Google made the steps a little simpler for customers, clients, and patients. The new “Collections” feature in Google+ seems to have been the impetus for change here.
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I would love to meet you in Minneapolis on June 27th. This event will be amazeballs.
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A great post by Local U Forum member, Todd Bialaszewski, on using Gravity forms to create incredible local user generated content.
Learn how to get your customers to create unique, local content for your website!
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You really must read this one. Every word. This is the way to create city pages that will rank your clients (in organic results) in other cities.
So you want to create “city pages” to attract local customers in places where you don't have an office. How can you make those pages attract customers rather than repulse them, rank well in the organic results, and not get stomped by Google's “doorway page” update?
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Good advice. Still waiting to see how this doorway algo affects pages using duplicate content 
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You really must read this one. Every word. This is the way to create city pages that will rank your clients (in organic results) in other cities.
So you want to create “city pages” to attract local customers in places where you don't have an office. How can you make those pages attract customers rather than repulse them, rank well in the organic results, and not get stomped by Google's “doorway page” update?
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hmm...  good point.  I thought maybe with google going hyper local it would help with ranking at the neighborhood level, but those are just guesses on my part.
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Thanks for the heads up.   I'm guessing it wasn't or isn't used much in a google social perspective.

While some google + communities are very active, others aren't.  I've worked through some searches for "local communities" in google +.   They tend to be small.  There are other social media avenues wherein the activity is tremendously large....huge in fact.

Is it possible that if your google its better to get rid of it...than to show how small and weak it is???    
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Great stuff from +Phil Rozek, as per usual!
 
Find duplicate citations faster:
To claim your seat at the Local Feast, your citations need to be more or less correct. But you can't fix those listings if you can't find them. Tools are unreliable. Even the excellent Moz Local should just be a first sweep in your search for all the listings you need to fix.
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“Does it matter if the street name of our business is “123 James Ave” instead of “123 James Avenue”?” NOPE! This and many other variations are described in your new go-to resource on the topic.
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+Tim Roberts I left you a reply on the post.
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You really must read this one. Every word. This is the way to create city pages that will rank your clients (in organic results) in other cities. Awesome post from +Phil Rozek 
So you want to create “city pages” to attract local customers in places where you don't have an office. How can you make those pages attract customers rather than repulse them, rank well in the organic results, and not get stomped by Google's “doorway page” update?
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Apple Maps expands review sources, replacing yelp outside the us in many cases
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Hi Edmonton! Local University is coming back for our first workshop in your beautiful city since 2012! Please join us on May 28, 2015, for a full-day small business workshop at the University of Alberta's Lister Centre. We have an early-bird registration discount already in place at the link below -- just $149 (CAD) for a limited time! Any questions? Please let us know, or check the registration link below, which also lists the day's agenda and more. We hope to see you next month!
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We moved across Edmonton with Eager Beaver Moving, and had an excellent experience. John and his staff did an excellent job carefully packing all of our stuff - and I mean ALL of it. It was such a load off to not have to worry about packing. All of the movers were friendly, professional, and careful with our belongings. They came on time when they said they would, got the work done efficiently, and took great care with everything. Also, the final price was less than other quotes we had received. Eager Beaver has a customer for life with us.
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The dealership quoted me over $1,000 to fix a problem with the flex coupling on our Audi A4. The said they had to order in a whole new exhaust pipe that ran from the engine to the tailpipe. I called Atlas and they quoted me $275. They have a method to cut out the old flex coupling and patch in a new one. I called on Friday and they were able to fit me in on Monday. The service I received was friendly, fast, and the price came in exactly as they quoted me (even though they told me on the phone that they'd have to look at the vehicle to be sure). Now our vehicle sounds like a car again, instead of a go-kart. I had a great experience at Atlas and will definitely use them again.
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This is my favourite liquor store in Edmonton. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff. Amazing selection of fine wines and fine scotch whiskey.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Our kitchen sink was completely backed up. Standing water. Tried drano but that didn't help at all. We called a number of different plumbers looking for someone that could come during the lunch hour and only A Johnny's was available. They were friendly and courteous, but most importantly, they did an awesome job on the sink drain! They cleared it and offered a $40 hot steam service to wash away the grease in the pipes. It's been a week since the service and the drain is working better than it ever has in the 14 years we've owned the house.
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We've been going to Acajutla at least once a month for years. The mixed pupusas are super delicious an so are the Mexican enchiladas. We've tried pretty much everything on the menu, and now just stick with those two items. It's a great place to take our 2 year old daughter. It's lively and family friendly. The service will be fine, but don't expect some kind of super attentive great service. The food is more than good enough to keep us coming back regularly. Acajutla is one of my top 5 favourite restaurants in Edmonton!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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