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Reviews No Longer on Google+ Local Pages

I guess we all saw this coming. +Linda Buquet makes it all clear here and on the Local Search Forum. I'll be looking at all of our client sites to make sure they're being pointed in the right direction to leave a Google review. BTW - great tool on the Local Search Forum to get the review-submission link!!

#localSEO #GoogleLocal #GooglePlus
Google Official: Reviews Will Not Be Coming Back to G+ Local Pages.  There has been much speculation and debate about the fate of Google+ Local pages, especially since the new Google+ update (preview) came out.  By now most of you are aware that the whole review piece (and several other important pieces) are totally missing from the G+ Local pages.

Word came down from Google. Here is what you need to know now...
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+Linda Buquet Thank YOU! This is super helpful. We have already started updating our client links so they go to the proper Google review submission area and not G+ Local. We don't want to miss an opportunity to get a Google review!
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Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines

This is an important document because it reveals some of the inner workings of how Google looks at websites, how they categorize information and content on a website, and how/why they determine what components get a high or low quality rating. While this isn't necessarily an exact list of ranking factors, it can be surmised that the elements are important specifically for user experience - and hence may possibly be related to ranking factors.

I'm reading closely. :)

Google just made public their latest version of the Quality Raters Guidelines (PDF linked from the blog post)
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I hope this comes to fruition.
Earlier we reported that Google may add statistics and data around answers Google syndicates from your web site and features in the knowledge panel or featured snippets area on Google's search results
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Here's How To Get The New Google+ NOW

Do it, trust me, there's no learning curve. Just looks and functions better IMHO. I like it, so far.

Here's how to get the new Google+ NOW

1. Go to Settings.
2. Under Manage other apps & activity, click "Manage Google+ activity".
3. Then click on the search bar.
4. The page will refresh - WELCOME TO THE NEW GOOGLE+.

(thanks to +Michael J. Coffey for digging up the instructions!)

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+Marilyn Moran As far as your pic is concerned, you look like someone I'd love to strike up a conversation with. If that's 'normal', then it's a good thing. ;)
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Wow!! Very cool. Putting this on my Christmas list!
Google and ASUS launch the Chromebit.

It may well be a gamechanger for schools. Check it out. Available today in the US and (wait for it) Canada. Yes, Canada too.
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What's So Scary About Google+?

It's the deadest of all social networks!

Just a little #Halloween humor for you. Of we know this not to be so accurate. Happy Halloween everyone!

BTW - this was made by the very talented +Kimberly Erskine.
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I love G+. It feels irreverent to do so :)
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Quick Content Curation Tips

Curating content is time-consuming, but done right, can help increase your reach and authority. Among the steps listed here, I particularly like and use Feedly to follow the blogs that I read on a frequent basis to find good content worth sharing.

There are certainly way more content curation tools out there, but the biggest takeaway here is to have a system and follow that system on a consistent basis. It's hard, but obtainable; it's an overlooked tactic in your content marketing plan.

h/t +Neil Ferree

#contentdiscovery   #contentcuration   #contentsharing   #contentmarketing  
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To read later :)
I'm thrilled to announce the next in Moz's series of beginner's guides: The Beginner's Guide to Content Marketing.
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What's Missing on the new Google+? A lot.

Let's hope they bring back some of these features.
A beta version of Google+ that promises to be "simpler, faster, better" is launching today, which features the biggest changes to Google's social network in years. The optional beta for the web version of Google+ shows off an...
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The New Google+ Is Here!

I can't wait to check it out. Can't wait to hear what people think!

Dive into the new Google+
As +Eddie Kessler shared this afternoon (, we’ve spent lots of time talking to people who are passionate about Google+. We visited them in their homes, we invited them into early testing communities and we learned more about how and why they use Google+. The predominant answer? Having a great place to keep up with and talk about their interests. From Astrophotography ( to Wild Hummingbirds (, people are not only discovering amazing things, but meeting others who share their passions as well.

Today we’re taking a big step toward making Google+ an even better place for your interests. To do so, we’ve drastically simplified nearly every aspect of the product. You’ll see this clearly in our new navigation centered around Collections and Communities. Collections let you immerse yourself in content about topics like surfing ( or tiny tilt-shift photography scenes ( . Communities enable groups of people with the same interests to join up and geek out on anything from Game of Thrones ( to Painting ( With Collections and Communities, discovering amazing things is simple: just follow or join whatever happens to pique your interests.

But we didn’t stop with Collections and Communities; the new Google+ also makes it easier to post, search, connect, and keep up with great content in a fully redesigned home stream. And we’ve worked hard to make our new web experience load fast and work beautifully on devices of all sizes.

You can preview the new Google+ on the web today by signing in and clicking “Let’s go” when you see the prompt. (And since not every feature of Google+ has made its way into this new design, for now, you can toggle back to the classic Google+ with one click in the bottom left-hand corner.) In the coming days, we’ll roll out updated apps for Android and iOS.

While this is an exciting new beginning for us, we’re definitely not done yet. We got here by listening and learning, and will continue doing so. Please visit our Help Center ( or drop us a line in our support community ( to share your thoughts, questions, and more. 
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Google Local Hive Mind: I've Got A Question For You!

So, I have a very unusual situation with a client who moved their brick and mortar location and we had to change their map listing. Through GMB, we deleted the old location and re-verified their new address and the marker does show up on the Maps page correctly when you search for them. However, when you click for directions, it takes you to their old address first and then to their new address.

Has anybody ever experienced this before? See picture below. The blue line takes you to the old address first and then there is a dotted line from there to the new address. I've never seen anything like this before.

Why is this happening? What is the solution to make sure that directions are DIRECTLY to the new address and don't take you to the old address at all?

+Mike Blumenthal +Linda Buquet 

#googlelocal   #googlemaps  
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We posted on the Product Forum on behalf of our client. Here is the product forum link that explains our issue:!topic/maps/flfYPb8-KHY;context-place=forum/maps

Thanks +Mike Blumenthal!
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Google Adwords & Your Marketing Mix

The SERPs are always changing and evolving. With the 3-pack being the standard in local listings, and other updates happening to Google's ranking algorithm, more and more companies are turning to Google Pay-Per-Click or increasing their PPC budgets. But it should be just ONE of your marketing tactics. There are other options you could be investing in. We explore them on the +Commexis blog.

What is your paid marketing mix? Let us know your thoughts! CC: +Len Ward 

#PPC #ppcadvertising #paidads #googleadwords  
Look, if you are marketing online, you need to be involved in Google adwords. However, you do not need to spend your entire budget on it. Here are some options.
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Hello Google Plusser! As you saw by clicking on my profile, my name is Marilyn Moran.

Thank you for stopping by! I'm really glad that you came to visit. Sit down and let's chat a while. First, I'll tell you a little (or maybe a lot) about myself — then, please, tell me all about YOU!


I am the Director of Search Engine Marketing at Commexis in Haddonfield, NJ. Prior to Commexis, I have worked for other digital marketing agencies for over 10 years providing online strategy and managing web marketing campaigns.

Additionally, over the years, I have provided private marketing consulting and training to individuals and small business clients helping them grow their business using the Internet and online technology. I am very hands-on with my clients as I consider myself a partner in their journey for better marketing. 


Professionally, I had served on the Board of Directors of PANMA (Philadelphia Area New Media Association) for 5 years and was also a former officer in the Social Media Club ofPhiladelphia.

Personally, I am an avid blogger maintaining several food and hyperlocal blogs. I am the tweeter behind the popular Philly foodie Twitter account @phillygrub
(Mashable named Philly Grub one of the top 55 foodies to follow on Twitter.)


Formerly based in Philadelphia, I now live in Pennsauken, NJ with my fiance (David) and long-haired tortoiseshell cat (Honey Badger - yes named after that Honey Badger). We enjoy cooking, dining out, antique and collectible shopping, listening to vinyl records, watching science and astronomy shows, and making each other laugh. We are getting married in Key West, FL in 2015.


Let's get what I'm NOT out of the way.

  • I'm am not "Internet famous" nor do I want to be. If you are, that's cool!
  • I'm not a keynote speaker at conferences. I don't have time or money to attend conferences.
  • I'm not an expert, guru, ninja, maven, master or whatever other self-appointed, self-important title you can think of. I just LOVE and LIVE digital marketing.
  • I'm not a people collector; nor do I want people to collect me.
Why I am on Google Plus:
  • I am here, first and foremost, to learn and stay on top of topics I'm interested in.
  • I am here to share content on topics I'm interested in.
  • I am here to meet new people who are also into the topics I am into.
  • I am here to build real quality relationships with people.
  • I am here to "be a part of the conversation" because I like to talk about things I am into.
  • I am here to be a better marketer for myself and my clients.
  • I am here because I take my career and professional life very seriously.
  • Lastly, I am here because I like it here and I think it's "fun." I like having fun.
You may want to circle me if you enjoy content and chatter about:
  • Digital Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Google Plus
  • WordPress
  • Blogging
  • Cooking
  • Alternative/80s Music
  • Lounge/Jazz Music
  • Tiki Lifestyle
  • Astronomy/Space/Earth 
  • Irreverent Humor
  • Laughing
  • Cats (I love dogs, too, but have never owned one)
  • Animal Rescue
If you circle me and you are into those things above, chances are I will circle you back!


I manage the following communities on G+:

Circle me & say Hi! You can also send me a private message or email I look forward to hearing from you!

Bragging rights
Kickin' it old-school online since 1992—BBS, IRC, ICQ, MOOs/MUDs. You name it, I was there!
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  • Pennsylvania State University
    Psychology/Behavorial Science, 1992 - 1995
    I had been introduced to the Internet in 1992. I was initially a Communications major, but I became more interested in studying the role emerging technology had on people. How they interacted with the Internet and how communities evolved as they sought to connect with people online. Human interaction and community building online has been my passion ever since.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Communications, 1992 - 1995
    I studied communications and media. Moreover, how media had an influence on people—through print media, radio, TV, popular culture, and eventually the Internet.
  • Reading Area Community College
    Human Services, 1995 - 1997
    I obtained a degree in social work with a focus on Abnormal and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Media/Broadcasting, 1992 - 1995
    Co-Founder of WPBS, Penn State Berks DJed a few radio shows; helped organize fundraiser events held on campus.
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