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Phil Rozek
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Local Search Consigliere
Local Search Consigliere

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Now that G+ is no more, +Max Minzer and I decided to continue the Local Search community as a Facebook group. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/localsearchgroup/

A few housekeeping items:

1. Please post at the FB group rather than here. There may be a ramp-up period there, so please hang with us.

2. Please take a minute to review our guidelines/rules here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/localsearchgroup/about/

3. Introduce yourself / say howdy here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/localsearchgroup/permalink/310271083120423/

See you there!

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Sick of Google My Business posts expiring every 7 days? There's an easy workaround.
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Super-handy resource from +Nyagoslav Zhekov / +Whitespark (cc +Darren Shaw):

https://whitespark.ca/hidden-address-sites/
https://whitespark.ca/blog/how-to-build-citations-if-you-want-to-hide-your-address/

The 1st link is just the list. The 2nd provides a little context and color commentary.

It's an up-to-date version of the list of "private" citation sites I researched 5 years ago.

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Good research by +Mike Blumenthal on how many businesses use GMB posts. (A natural counterpart to the research I did earlier this month on that topic.)

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Have you seen any local search terms on Google's homepage / Chrome's default?
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The annual citation survey from +Myles Anderson & BrightLocal.

I especially liked +Joel Headley's comments.
BrightLocal
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Some numbers on how many businesses use Google My Business posts, based on first-hand research:
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Pretty significant change to Facebook reviews, as described here by +Aaron Weiche at GetFiveStars:

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Man, Factual gets more and more useless. No way to submit your listing now, except through a paid third-party service.

At least in the (new) FAQs they clarify that they are not a data-aggregator.
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