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I really need some help.

I am the owner of Google business page for a client that is in Edmonton, Canada. I am the owner for the page whereas the client is manager for the page. I am from India btw.

My question is will me(from India) owning the business page affect rankings for my client(in Canada).

I unwittingly claimed the custom url too which means I cannot transfer ownership anymore I think.

Its brand new page - so should I delete the page and start over (or) do you think its ok for an Indian to be the owner of the business page of a business thats located in Edmonton, Canada.

Pl advice 
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Thanks Jim :)
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Road maps, restaurant guides, the Yellow Pages ... the ‘geoweb’ has supplanted them all. But whether you use Google Maps or Yelp to find what you need, a closer look reveals that our digital urban mirror is full of chinks and distortions
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Brice Gump

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Hey Everyone! Happy New Years Eve!

NAP Question Here:
We have a doctor who, as of recently, owns 3 different medical businesses and is moving them all into the same location. So as for NAPs, we will have three businesses operating out of one location. Also relevant, currently two of these businesses have the same primary phone number. (Same office, call tracking used to differentiate online calls, local directory ecosystem has primary non-call tracking front desk number)

So as he merges all of these businesses into one location, we were planning for citations/NAPs to do like any doctors office:
Business Name (each one is branded, not [Doctor Name])
New Address + Suite #1,2, & 3
Unique Phone Number

As for the two businesses using the same phone number and address but different name, I see this as being an inconsistency in NAP. So we are going to replace one business with a single call tracking number across the board. I know call tracking is typically frowned upon, but if we are going to have to change EVERY phone number in the citation ecosystem I see no reason not to make it one the business owner can control and can track.

Each business is already established with it's own brand, website, and directory listings, so it's a matter of as we begin to update the listings how do we want to do it.

What would you do in this situation? Would you approach it differently or are we on the right track?
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A client is a franchisee for a national services company. He maintains a website for his franchise which is separate from the franchisor's and which prefers to be the central focus so he can track traffic, conversions, etc.. There were also two G+ Pages, one for each URL (his own & franchisor's). When they retained us six months ago his ranking in local search had virtually disappeared . Lots of dupe and inconsistent NAP issues which we have cleaned up. The cleanup appears to have benefited the G+ Page linked to the franchisor's site most as his rankings have bounced back to #1-3 for most keywords.

I fear that it's just a matter of time until the duplicate G+ Pages adversely affect his rankings again. My plan is to delete the G+ Page page linking to his website then changing the URL on the G+ Page page that presently links to the franchisor's site.

Or not? I wonder if the G+ Page page linking to the franchisor's site is ranking well again because of, among other things, the higher domain authority of the franchisor's site compared to the client's personal site. Will associating the weaker local site with the stronger G+ Page hurt his rankings?
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Yes and yes. Google will catch up with the dupe and one or more likely both listings might suffer. And the franchisor url would in many cases do better. 
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John Tabita

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By now you’ve heard the term SoLoMo to describe the convergence of social, local, and mobile. While buzzwords come and go, the phenomenon is here to stay. Back in 2012, LSA’s Greg Sterling described it as “… getting nearby information on demand, wherever you may be.” Here are the implicati
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Has anyone considered linking out to the listings at the four main aggregators from a website?  I was thinking a back page such as the contact page.  Most sites have links to FB, Twitter, Google+, but what about the aggregators....any thoughts?
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Groupon has created 7 million Pages that correspond with an equivalent number of business listings in the U.S. This followed a beta trial in five U.S. cites the company called successful. The overwhelming majority of these Pages are not claimed.
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THE ASTOUNDING DROP IN FACEBOOK FAN PAGE ENGAGEMENT.  As of last December Facebook acknowledged and it was published that their algos were going to reduce fan page engagement.  Here is the article:  http://adage.com/article/digital/facebook-admits-organic-reach-brand-posts-dipping/245530/

So we looked at the last 25 posts for one of our smb's which covered slightly more than 2 weeks.  I haven't gone back to measure or average fan page engagement from last year, but before the drop started occurring this smb probably got engagement in a range of from 400 to 1500 people.   

Our average engagement over the last 25 posts= 240 people.  Yikes!!!   That isn't a drop.  That is falling off a precipice.  I guess FB wants our advertising $$$.   How about you??
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Google - Highlighting 'Buzzwords' on Branded Local Knowledge Graph Business Reviews

Saw something interesting today - which wasn't this way yesterday. When doing a search for my company - the knowledge graph pops up - and displays 3 reviews - this is not new. However, as of today, one of the reviews listed is one torching us - with the phrase 'BUYERS BEWARE' in bold. That phrase is NOT bold in the review itself - but Google took it upon themselves to call it out AND to bold it in the display as though it was part of the search query. The review is not considered one of the 'most helpful' by Google of our 80+ and was made several years ago.Thanks Google - this seems incredibly susceptible to spam? Has anyone experienced this? 
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Ha - well - in regards to my previous question - looks like through the magic of syndication and/or a single irate custom, that phrase in conjunction with our brand is listed in several prominent places. Unfortunately, looks like Google got it right this time. 
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Brice Gump

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Hey Everyone - I'm looking for a website/company for writing/content creation for blog posts and on page content. Any recommendations?
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I did a case study on why Domino's Pizza is dominating local Search right now. I learned a lot from doing it and I hope you will learn a lot reading it! I would also love some feedback from the group on the post. :) 
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Glad you liked it Brice. :) Happy New Year! 
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Ten ways location-based marketing can help small Business Owners
Proximity marketing takes these opportunities even further and gives small businesses a powerful new tool for reining in holiday shoppers.
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I'm having a heck of a time finding where a business owner can respond to reviews in Yahoo Local. Does anyone know how to to that these days?
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thanks for the input 
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david oremland

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How do New Businesses Show (especially when they haven't put up a finished website???)
I took a look at a new restaurant in my region.  I was a bit familiar with the new establishment and was curious about visibility.

THREE DIFFERENT Views, depending on whether using Bing, Signed into Google or Searching from Incognito mode.

The restaurant name is Driftwood Kitchen.  The url is http;//driftwooddc.com   For whatever reasons the restaurant opened and they haven't finished their website yet.

So how does it look?

Without content, NAP data, etc.  the smb has terrible presence in Google now.  The URL with unfinished data is ranked on the 2nd page.   That URL has not gained google's trust.

Meanwhile the first page google serps were different between signed in and not signed in.   I had looked at reviews in Yelp.  So when signed in the Yelp page turns up first.   But when looking thru Google Incognito view the #1 serp is twitter.  I suppose that is where google is finding the most related authority.

Things are different on Bing.  Bing uses Yelp's reviews.  Searching for Driftwood Kitchen DC in Bing gave me the Yelp review, the URL and a local presence.

I suspect in a short time a website will be up, the site will show well for its name inside google.   Meanwhile though, there are still tons of searches every day and every week that will be by location;  in this instance it could be "restaurants H Street, "restaurants Atlas District, and restaurants Capitol Hill" among others.

For the time being this group will lose out on any of that traffic in Google.

Moral of the story.  Get that website up with good contact info.
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Thumbtack--Classified Advertising Web business--Wants us to pay for Leads--Give me a Break--some come directly off our site(s)

Yesterday one of our smb's got a lead from Thumbtack.  We had an opportunity to submit a "bid" with a price quote.  It was the first time we've facing paying for these submittals since Thumbtack started charging for them.  Its also subsequent to a huge successful fund raising effort on their behalf via VC's.

Thumbtack evidently started charging for these leads/price submittals this past July.  They aren't expensive....but .....and here is the kicker!!!!   I know a fair number of thumbtack Leads COME OFF OUR WEBSITE.   

The nerve of them!!!!    

This smb started using thumbtack abt 3 years ago.  We dropped a link to thumbtack  on the bottom of one page of the website.  It was sort of innocuous.  Through email I was able to review the quantity of all leads off of thumbtack since we started using them.

Its a Handful.  Over the 3 years we received LESS THAN about 1/3 of 1 percent of all our leads via thumbtack.  VERY  SMALL NUMBER.

WE spoke with some of those leads.  WE KNOW some read our website, clicked on that lead to the thumbtack site and were presented with the ASK for a quote opportunity.  Some of the thumbtack leads used that and also contacted us via phone or via contact forms on our website.   

So lets assume at least half the leads to the smb came via the link on our site.   That isn't Thumbtack.  That is a clever link to generate requests for business.

heck.  I took off the link to thumbtack and we are going to "pepper our site with similar opportunities.  We'll see how they work.

But PAY THUMBTACK for leads that come off our own site????

N.E.V.E.R.   (the nerve of them!!!!)

Have any of you used them???
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Matt Maglodi

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Just completed a google 360 tour for

Bulls Glass & Screen, South De Anza Boulevard, San Jose, CA

I'm starting to see a rise in impressions and local rankings.
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Chris Gregory

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Google recently announced SSL is a ranking factor. Here are a couple things to consider before making the leap. http://dagmarmarketing.com/https-for-seo/
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