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I'll be talking about local search with +Mike Blumenthal and +Andrew Shotland on this +SEO Training Dojo hangout on air today. Join us!
 
Well, it's that time again... time to get a handle on the world of local SEO. We do a few of these each year to keep ya'll up to date with all the latest local SEO changes and approaches. 

And each year, we tend to have our fav search geeks on to give is the straight goods. The best of the best... our guests are;

+Mike Blumenthal -  http://blumenthals.com/
+Darren Shaw - http://www.whitespark.ca 
+Andrew Shotland - http://www.localseoguide.com 

You don't want to miss this one!!

Some of the topics we are going to get into include;

Local SEO 2015 - what you need to know
Life post-pigeon
Dealing with multi-practitioner addresses
The importance of consistent NAPs

And we wanted to get into this post as well; Google is using knowledge Panels in competitive areas to highlight ads and Google Properties
Knowledge Panel – Down the Hotel Rabbit Hole with Google
http://blumenthals.com/blog/2015/03/02/knowledge-panel-down-the-rabbit-hole-with-google/

And...
-Problems Editing Data Google is in Control of
http://blumenthals.com/blog/2015/02/26/google-reviews-snippets-if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will-go-wrong-category/

I you have topics or questions for us... feel free to post them here on the event page.

See you there!
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Huge news!
 
Over the past year, Google Maps has been changing their licensing agreement for business listings into a purchase arrangement. This has lead to some shifting in who is providing Google primary listing data and how. 
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More forward thinking from +AJ Kohn. Listen up!
 
Aggregating intent and understanding how to decode, identify and present active and passive intent from query syntax is vital to success in search and beyond.

Why Search Success Relies on Aggregating Intent
http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/aggregating-intent
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As usual, gold from +AJ Kohn 
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Are zombie pages hurting your chances of ranking in local?+Mary Bowling wrote an awesome post on the Whitespark blog about what zombie pages are, and how to fix them!
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Which review sites let you connect via Facebook? Which ones have badges or widgets? Which ones let you leave a review anonymously? There's a ton of great data on the review sites here, from  +Phil Rozek 
Not all review sites play games with customers and business owners. In that way, Yelp and Google+ are outliers. Reviews there are important, of course. But if you run into difficulty getting reviews there, the last thing you should do is throw in the towel. That's because the vast majority of ...
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Which review sites let you connect via Facebook? Which ones have badges or widgets? Which ones let you leave a review anonymously? There's a ton of great data on the review sites here, from +Phil Rozek 
Not all review sites play games with customers and business owners. In that way, Yelp and Google+ are outliers. Reviews there are important, of course. But if you run into difficulty getting reviews there, the last thing you should do is throw in the towel. That's because the vast majority of ...
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This is good news!
 
Factual has come full-circle on your ability to fix your own listing. It looks like you can't even submit a correction without having API access or working with a company that does.

Until recently they were pretty democratic.  I guess maybe too many people peed in the pool, but still.  A shame.
Contributing/Correcting Factual Data. Introduction. Factual builds Business Listing and POI data for mobile applications and online services that requiring a data layer of local commerce and landmarks. Unlike other data providers, one cannont “claim” or “own” a record within Factual's data.
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If you're interested in local search, you'll probably want to tune into this.
 
Well, it's that time again... time to get a handle on the world of local SEO. We do a few of these each year to keep ya'll up to date with all the latest local SEO changes and approaches. 

And each year, we tend to have our fav search geeks on to give is the straight goods. The best of the best... our guests are;

+Mike Blumenthal -  http://blumenthals.com/
+Darren Shaw - http://www.whitespark.ca 
+Andrew Shotland - http://www.localseoguide.com 

You don't want to miss this one!!

Some of the topics we are going to get into include;

Local SEO 2015 - what you need to know
Life post-pigeon
Dealing with multi-practitioner addresses
The importance of consistent NAPs

And we wanted to get into this post as well; Google is using knowledge Panels in competitive areas to highlight ads and Google Properties
Knowledge Panel – Down the Hotel Rabbit Hole with Google
http://blumenthals.com/blog/2015/03/02/knowledge-panel-down-the-rabbit-hole-with-google/

And...
-Problems Editing Data Google is in Control of
http://blumenthals.com/blog/2015/02/26/google-reviews-snippets-if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will-go-wrong-category/

I you have topics or questions for us... feel free to post them here on the event page.

See you there!
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Wanna know how to get Social Media icons in your knowledge graph? Google just told us!
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Tricky question. Let's start with the obvious gold standard: your customers write openly about their experiences with you in online reviews, and you did such a good job for them that those reviews glow. Anyone who types in your name can easily see your tip-top reviews on Google+ and Yelp and ...
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Ok, this is super rad. Share your best Google reviews as a gif on your site. No duplicate content issues. Nice one +Linda Buquet!!
 
Review Gif - Share their Best Google Reviews in a Gif in a Jiffy! - Here's an idea for showcasing several reviews in a small amount of space. I made this quick sample "Review Gif" in about 2 minutes!  And I'll tell you exactly how I did it below. NO screenshots. NO graphics creation.

Just... "Point. Shoot. Gif.*

#googlereviews #reviews  
Here's an idea I just came up with for showcasing several reviews in a small amount of space. No graphics work. Just... Point. Shoot. Gif.
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Which review sites let you connect via Facebook? Which ones have badges or widgets? Which ones let you leave a review anonymously? There's a ton of great data on the review sites here, from  +Phil Rozek 
Not all review sites play games with customers and business owners. In that way, Yelp and Google+ are outliers. Reviews there are important, of course. But if you run into difficulty getting reviews there, the last thing you should do is throw in the towel. That's because the vast majority of ...
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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.
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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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