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It’s Monday have a nice day everyone!
Please give a warm welcome to our new arrivals....

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Hello, everyone!  :)
Thank you, +Martin Shervington.  Nice to meet you.
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Welcome eVeRy ONE
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How much would you say that your G+ activity affects your local business ranking? And if so why? how? etc.


Is it more about followers? posts? reviews?
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Reviews will help you get the clicks as after 5 G+ reviews = stars show up... Make sure to get 5 star reviewers by having your client hand pick to post 5 stars at the beginning. No bribes, just asking for it from satisfied clients at the point of service completion. Reviews will also build authority and boost ranking.. I don't care what anyone else tells you.

Getting posts is also good and will help... same as followers. There are normal parameters which Google knows. So by all means don't try to game the algo... Flags can go up.

Also remember to always have social activity along with any link building activities you are doing. such as (directory links, citations)

I joined Martin's G+ and so did you... USE IT
He has alot more practice than us... I can only report on what I have seen which is not 10k websites.
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Adel Brown

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I'm curious ... How would you answer this question from a small business owner who wants to start an online group/community:

G+ community or private FB group?

I recommended G+ community, along with an armload of reasons I thought G+ was the better choice.

I received several more questions with a central theme: concern about the many changes happening at G+ ... Will Communities still be a great place to have a business- or shared-interest community?

Ideas? Predictions? Added info? Resources?

Many thanks, friends!
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Welcome everyone!
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Karen Tate

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Thanks for having me in the community. I’m a fan of Google Plus and eager to learn new ways to use it for business.
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Hi, +Karen Tate Welcome. I just joined last week and I feel like its already been very helpful. You can reach out to me if you want to for anything. (Except of course the stuff I haven't gotten to yet)
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Welcome everyone! I look forward to seeing you about the place.
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Jon Thomas

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Any google+ local experts out there?  Our business has a couple locations in town but we post content to the locations G+ page.  For whatever reason, that one does not rank very high in local search.  Our others with no content or our competitors (who never put any content up) rank higher.  I've talked with google local support and they refer me to search guidelines.   It doesn't make sense, because we rank first or second on most industry relevant keywords.  Any help would be great!  Thanks in advance!
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No, I wasn't.  Thanks +Austin Helsel 
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martin shervington
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Good day one and all in PYB!
I am traveling today to do a keynote at the Rocks Digital conference in Texas on Tuesday. Should be super interesting, and I'm looking forward to making a load of new connections too.
And, as you may have guessed, my focus for the past weeks has still been on 'Local', and reviews. This PYB show was just a taster of what is to come. Have a great week and as always, thank you to +Mary Stovall for putting this together,
 
‘Plus Your Business’ Community - (NEW) Weekly Roundup!
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Message from Martin: 

We've had another great week in the Academy, and PYB Local Consultant community too.

I'm the keynote at a conference on Google for Business Tuesday and should, all being well, have the start to full flow of content for all members on the blog re: Local, reviews, and services focused on getting more customers 'to your door'.

Watch this space! p.s.The PYB show last week was like a warm up act :D

Watch The PYB Show here:

“Want to Learn About Six Weeks of Market Research Into Google My Business?”  +martin shervington  & +Travis Taylor http://plusyourbiz.com/ui 

FEATURED STORIES From PYB The Academy Community 
Posts you may have missed from PYB Academy Members

1. Why I Am On Google+ So Much by… +David Amerland   http://plusyourbiz.com/ue

2.Why I Think Everyone Serious About Social SEO Will Start Buying Twitter Followers soon ...by +martin shervington  http://plusyourbiz.com/uf

3. How to Improve the Quality of Your Marketing by Improving the Quality of Your Thoughts...by +Jamie Turner   http://plusyourbiz.com/uh  

Want to join the PYB Academy?

Sign up here: www.plusyourbusiness.com/academy

That’s our week in review! Great to see you all this week and can’t wait to see what the next 7 has in store. Cheers!

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#plusyourbusinessroundup 
#plusyourbusinessnewsletter
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Awww what a nice compliment +Sheila Hensley​
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Local Business Round-Up!
Great work as always from +Nick Rink 
Have a super weekend, one and all in PYB.
 
Smart Local Roundup - Instagram goes local, importance of local SEO multi-location tips and Google can't help

With approximately 72 hours to go before the madness gets under way in London SW19, it's good to see that summer has finally arrived and we're undergoing something of a heatwave here in Wimbledon. Before all that though, there's this week's local roundup. Nice update from Instagram that should help local businesses, followed by a healthy dose of tasty local SEO snippets. Enjoy!

Instagram moving into local search
Instagram rolled out an update a few days ago with version 7 of their app. A large part of it was focused on the search facility, making it easier for users to discover images and other users. In among all this,  you now have the ability to search by location ... which is super useful! We've got some little tennis knockabout starting here in Wimbledon on Monday, so this new facility make s it simple to look through images from The Championships. It also makes it real easy to discover users by location, which will be good for local area businesses looking to increase their Instagram followers. News about the update in the articles below.
Read more:
http://smrtl.cl/1HhaxgJ via +The Next Web
http://smrtl.cl/1Hhbeqz via +Marketing Land 
http://smrtl.cl/1NikIC2 via +Search Engine Watch

Why local SEO is getting more important
Some great points made in this article on +Entrepreneur about local SEO. The two biggies that stand out for me are the increasing nature of personalised search along with the growth of mobile & wearable devices. If you're not giving the right local signals to Google (& Apple!) about where you are and what you do then you could be missing out on huge chunks of business. So, get a well optimised, mobile-friendly website, ensure your citations are in order, create relevant local content, build relationships and your reputation ... simples!
Read more:
http://smrtl.cl/1NikR8z via +Jayson DeMers

Local search and multi-location marketing
Couple of useful posts here for anyone dealing with multi-location businesses, whether that's four or four hundred. The first one is a basic guide to getting the fundamentals correct, e.g. having a separate local landing page and Google My Business listing for each of your locations. The second focuses more on content strategy and how to best roll that out if you are covering several geographic areas. Both great articles and worth bookmarking for reference.
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http://smrtl.cl/1HhaCkv via +LocalVox
http://smrtl.cl/1Hhb2aI via +Greg Gifford

Hey Google, can you fix it?
It can sometimes get a little frustrating in the land of the local search pro and this post lays out a story that would have me pulling out my remaining strands of hair! Along with the great detail in the account itself there are some really insightful and useful comments below, especially from +Aaron Bradley Google themselves have stuck their hands up and said "sorry, we can't help you" ... how about any of the Roundup readers, any ideas?
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http://smrtl.cl/1Nil7V5 via +Ahmed Khalifa

If you would like to be notified when I post each new local roundup (every Friday morning) please leave a comment below on this post saying notify please and I’ll add you to my circle. Alternatively, you can just turn notifications On for this Collection.

See you all back here same time next week ☺

#smartlocalroundup   #localseoroundup   #localsearchmarketing   #localseo   #smartlocalmarketing  

Pin it for laterhttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/94153448436951631/

Curated by Nick from +Smart Local Marketing
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Fantastic +Nick Rink thanks for the Instagram tips!!  I do find that I get so much interaction and engagement on Instagram: it's fantastic!  
Enjoy Day 1, then!  Djokovic opening play at 2pm I think?  
Speak soon - Nicky 
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About this community

Welcome to the ‘Plus Your Business!’ Community and Agency. About us: We have assembled a world class team to cater to all marketing needs for businesses small or large, with a real focus on Google for business. Leveraging the power of community you can achieve amazing things, including building your personal network and getting top positions in Google Search. Ready for the next step? The Academy is our paid membership. Request access here: http://plusyourbiz.com/academy001 Over the coming years we look forward to helping you use Google products and services to transform your business or organization, including exclusive articles and videos. We are also here if need some extra guidance, so just ask. Please note, please do not attempt to solicit business. You will be politely asked to leave. This is not a place for consultants to find business. Also, no self-promo blogs, events, shared circles. Level 3+ of the Academy can post at their discretion. (Engagement is the indication as to whether people relate!). Please do not promote other communities - one strike and out. Please do not promote your collections into the community. Posting policy: We reserve the right to remove any content without explanation.

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Have a great Sunday everyone!

And thanks to +Mary Stovall for this super round up. Here is to a fantastic week ahead for all our members.
Here to help.
Just ask a question and we will do our best....
 
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Message from Martin: 

I had an awesome time at the conference in Dallas last week. Great to connect with Lissa Duty and the crew at #RocksDigital - talking Google for Business.

I'm still building up content, case studies and connections re: Local, Reviews and bringing customers to your door. Thanks for your patience, it will all start flowing again soon. I have a plan! :D

p.s. this was a cool, well done, made me 'feel special' kind of a list to be included in: http://plusyourbiz.com/vp

Watch The PYB Show:
Special Edition for Academy Members Only with +martin shervington  & +Travis Taylor 

Login to your Academy account to catch up on what Martin has on the horizon!

FEATURED STORIES From PYB The Academy Community 
Posts you may have missed from PYB Academy Members

1. The World of Periscope and Real Estate - Will it be a game changer? by…  +James Dearsley  http://plusyourbiz.com/vi

2. Why Your Content Needs to Be Unique - Here's Why with Mark and Eric ...by +Mark Traphagen  & +Eric Enge http://plusyourbiz.com/vj

3. Help Your College Graduate Get on Track Financially...by  +Jodi Okun http://plusyourbiz.com/vo  
Interested in The PYB Academy?
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That’s our week in review! Great to see you all this week and can’t wait to see what the next 7 has in store. Cheers!

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Thank you +Nicky Pasquier +Mary Stovall +Jodi Okun and +Fran Glove! Hope you all had an excellent weekend, and here is to a super week ahead :D
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I want to send a link to my g+ page to some of my customers to get reviews... on desktop i can do send a link directly to the "write a review" pop up. Is it possible to do this also for mobile? If i text the a link perhaps? I'm just looking for easier ways to bring them to the review section.
Thanks.
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Hi +Koltov Locksmith​ to leave a Google+ review on a mobile the customer has to find the business via Google Maps and leave a review that way.
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Hey PYB! (EVENTS)
You may well want to book these into your diary...
Great to be a part of it +Mike Allton

And have a great long weekend if you are US based too. I think I'll get some sun this afternoon :D
 
4 Topics. 12 Experts. 1 Incredible Series.

How do I grow my business? What do I write about? How can I leverage social media? How will I be found on search engines?

These, and many more, are questions that we've all faced and been challenged by in our business. There are books and there are courses you can turn to, but seldom has there been an opportunity like this to learn from some of the top minds in these fields.

#SiteSellPresents  is a series of free Hangouts On Air throughout this month, specifically designed to tackle these kinds of questions. For each Event, you can see the topic, follow the guests, and RSVP to the live broadcast. You can attend the event and participate in the discussion - even ask questions of the panelists, or you can watch the recording on replay at a later date.

Monday, July 06th at 12:00pm ET - ENTREPRENEURSHIP with +Guy Kawasaki +Mia Voss and +Kenneth Manesse Sr. 

RSVP: http://sbi.me/1LIhf1n 

Monday, July 13th at 12:00pm ET - WRITING/BLOGGING with +Demian Farnworth +Wade Harman and +Kevan Lee 

RSVP: http://sbi.me/1FYmXF1 

Monday, July 20th at 12:00pm ET - SOCIAL MEDIA with +Jeff Sieh +Dustin W. Stout and +Rebekah Radice 

RSVP: http://sbi.me/1JCQxaU 

Monday, July 27th at 12:00pm ET - SEARCH with +David Amerland +martin shervington and +Mark Traphagen 

RSVP: http://sbi.me/1epFHqY 

For more information, please visit the +SiteSell blog post at http://sbi.me/SiteSellPresents 

Pin it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/12666442679154234/ 

Hope to see you there!
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+Lovely! I'd ride a camel backward through a sandstorm to hear  +Demian Farnworth give a talk.

And just signed up for Search, to spend some quality time w/ the nicest smart guy on the web (that'd be +martin shervington -- but y'all know that).
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Cory Holliman

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Has Anyone Else Noticed That Google Is Tethering Google +?: YouTube and Google's Knowledge Panel Detached Yesterday

Have noticed over the last couple of weeks that slowly Google is detaching its services from Google +.

Just yesterday YouTube and The Knowledge Box were let go from Google +

YouTube / Google+ Detachment Article:

http://techaeris.com/2015/06/29/google-being-detached-from-youtube-comments-10-new-features-coming-for-creators/

The Knowledge Panel / Google + Detachment Article:

http://www.thesempost.com/google-removes-brands-google-posts-from-knowledge-panel/

From these actions it appears that Google Plus is really just going to be "social" and that's it.

What do you think about Google + just being social and being used with Google Products

Please comment below.... Thanks!
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Cory... I never try to assume what they will do next... even when I have evidence of something. I have found Google has a plan A-Z for every contingency and they switch things up just when you think they are doing what it looks like they are doing.

Very interesting.... Google will never let anyone catch their breath.
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Edwin Dearborn

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Do the tests for each level of the Academy still exist? If so, where? 
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