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Local citations play a significant role in increasing local business online visibility as Google and other search engines use them when evaluating the authority and trustworthiness of the business.
There is an extensive list of available business citation sources where local citations can appear. However, there are a few main source groups in which the business data can be stored. Here you can see the list ➡️ http://optilocal.org/resources-most-important-citation-sources-u.s./
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A major factor in determining how you rank locally is the quantity and quality of citations and NAP (Name, Address, and Phone Number) consistency across the web. Here are some situations, in which current NAP misuse could cause citation inconsistency.
If you want to learn more about citation consistency and citation audit, check out this e-book “A Step-by-step Guide to Auditing Your Business Citations”: http://optilocal.org/resources-local-seo-ebooks/
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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. :) 

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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+Linda Buquet has been released by Google of her NDA and is finally able to announce "Google My Business", the new dashboard for Google Local.  And is she excited!

I agree that this new dashboard is way cleaner and more functional than the "old" G+ dash.  I can monitor reviews, check my site and listing analytics, edit my listing, etc.

What is most impressive is Google rolling this out globally today in 236 countries and 65 languages.  Those Googlers have been busy!

Enough from us, check it out yourself.  Besides, I'm still navigating around in it and want to see what else is new.

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Although I like the new features of the new interface, I think it's still too much of a social media platform while SMB's value it as a business directory.
http://dagmarmarketing.com/google-my-business-a-truly-new-service-or-just-a-new-wrapper/

Missing 7 pack for local search terms

Hey all, my industry (wedding and portrait photography) has had no local 7 pack or map results for what is now going on four months. The search terms that used to show the map and seven pack were Kansas City + photographer type of searches. But they are all gone for months now. Other towns are showing them and other Kansas City Industries are showing them. Why would this happen? Where and how could i ask someone at G to investigate? Is that even something worth trying?

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People being awesome
local tv commercial, awesome

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