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Dave Ashworth

Google+ Local  - 
 
Hi,

Why would a business listing's reviews simply dissapear?

A client has many branches all with varying numbers of reviews, and varying dates as to when the last review was left, ranging from a week up to a year.

One of them has now just lost all it's ratings without a trace.

Why could this be, anyone else experienced this?
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Tim Feld

Local SEO  - 
 
Hi All,

Thank you for responding to my last post. Another quick questions. I own an Appliance Repair company and we service 3 different cities in the local area. This is a home based business as we take calls from home. I would like to get in the top 3 for each city.

Should I make a different website for each city with a business location verified in each city? Or make one website for the entire company with one business location. With out having an address in the other 2 cities wouldn't it be almost impossible to show up in the top 3? My goal is to be in the top three for all three cities. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Tim
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Tim Feld

Local SEO  - 
 
Hi All,

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I would greatly appreciate any advice.

I verified my local business into Google about 10 days ago. It shows up if you google the company name and city. "Same Day Appliance Repair West Palm Beach." It also shows up in the list if you Google the key term "appliance repair" and the zip code which is 33405. However if you Google the key term appliance repair and the city name West Palm Beach it doesn't show up anywhere on the list. This is what most people will be searching. I understand I won't be on the top yet, but I was hoping to at least be on the list.

Has anybody ever heard of or seen this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time
Tim
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Hi Guys, Is there any relationship between Adword spending & Google Local Pack and Local Organic position?

In other words do your AdWords advertising campaigns have an impact on your local pack rankings.

Does Google rewards those running Adwords campaigns?
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Ajaz Mirza

Discussion  - 
 
One of our clients is facing a unique problem - their site is ranking on top positions in Google.com.au (Melbourne), but only in the evening, when business is least. In the morning and throughout the day, they are nowhere to be found in Local Pack results, which other competitors would dominate. They would not be found from ~7am-4pm and would get rank after 4pm on 1st position, and would again disappear the next morning. 

We've been observing this nature since past few days for this particular site, when none of the competitors would disappear. This is happening well before Google rolled out the update which slimmed down Local pack results to 3 listings.

Business Name: Melbourne Vacate & Carpet Cleaning
Site: http://goo.gl/0zXIkF
Region: Melbourne, AU
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Ajaz, I have experienced a similar issue. One of my client's site are among top 3 until 7-8PM, then falls to #4. 

Do you have any insight to this problem? Have you had any responses to your post?
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Timothy Hands

Discussion  - 
 
Do local businesses really have the edge over their e-commerce counterparts when it comes to dealing with negative online feedback? 
Maybe. 

#contentmarketing   #socialmediamarketing   #smallbusiness  
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Veronica R

Local SEO  - 
 
Hey colleagues! I'm doing a presentation on the impact of a successful seo audit. Do any of you have awesome stats I could use or know where to find some? Example: "we saw a 50% increase when we rewrote our home page content with better keyword research"
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Local SEO  - 
 
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Vijay Nair

Local SEO  - 
 
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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Rahul Agrawal

Google+ Local  - 
 
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Rahul Agrawal

Local SEO  - 
 
Remove any duplicate business listings for improved Local SEO. Below's a concise guide to do exactly that- do leave me your comments & feedback.
Duplicate business listings are a significant problem for local businesses. Data sources will often have incorrect, outdated, or misleading information for a specific business which can and will be scraped by a data aggregator and transmitted throughout the local search ecosystem. What is a duplicate listing? “When a local business has more than one listing for a ...
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Jim Froling

Local SEO  - 
 
Due to Google's recent changes to local search results, I went to the GMB forum seeking clarification on WTF is going on.  If others here (and our clients) do the same, will G notice the backlash on their own support forums?  It's worth a shot.  

Here's what I asked in a support post entitled "Where's my phone#? Street Address? Google+ Page? User Experience?"

Checking my business' ranking in local pack results.  I don't like what I see!

The local "7 Pack" is now three.  Thank God I made the new "cut line" for most keywords, but not all :(  That is going to cost me business so thanks a lot!  Will I now use AdWords to reach those looking for those services?  Don't bet on it, though I think you already have.

My business listing does NOT display my telephone number any longer!  FYI, the phone is how most locals contact other local merchants and service providers, like me.  Now I can only hope that prospective clients may click through to my website to find my phone number.  Or, they could just hop in their car and come over to my office except...

My listing only shows what street I'm on, but no address!  Are your users (and my prospective clients) supposed to go door to door, up and down the block looking for me?  

And what about my Google+ (Google My Business) Page?  Now, you can't get there from here!  What is up with that??  Is Google kicking my Google+ Page to the curb?  The page that Google not so long ago urged me to create (or created for me), post upon, encourage others to visit and add us to "Circles"...this has taken a lot of time over the past couple years.  Was it all for nothing?

As a user as well, this experience sucks!  This new look has caused a big pain in my neck and a great massage sounds wonderful.  So I Google "massage near me" and I have to scan the ads (many of which are located far away), a couple of organic listings, mostly from Yelp, (whom I am not a fan of), then finally arrive to the local pack only to be provided three alternatives.  No street address is given so I don't know if they are on the other side of town which would take too long to get to.  I could call for the closest cross street or their actual address, but there's no phone number.  I could go to their website and view page after page just trying to find out where they are.  With all the time this has taken, I don't have time for a massage anymore.  Fabulous! (I'm being sarcastic).

Google, is this is just a test of a really bad idea?  Are you saying that if I want relevant local search results I should resort to Bing?  Really?
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Chris Gregory

Local SEO  - 
 
Is it me or does this look like a play by Google to show more ads by moving the map to be inline with organic results? As Local SEO's we just lost 4 spots out of the 7 pack.

https://dagmarmarketing.com/local-seo-tips/google-puts-the-squeeze-on-local-search-results/
It’s official: Google has reworked the way local search results are displayed, removing four of the seven local businesses that get the valuable first-page real estate. The former 7-pack, as our industry calls it, displayed seven local businesses on the SERP (search engine results page), along wit…
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Any thoughts on mass negative reviews from one customer? I'm working with a chiropractor who had a patient who is on a rampage leaving the exact same negative review on a number of review sites. Is there some sort of TOS issue for some of those directories? Might there be an IP issue supposing that some directories claim intellectual property rights to the content submitted? Thanks for your help.
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This is a topic I have covered numerous times and just have again. I usually discuss it in a sunnier manner. http://bit.ly/1HMILoo

But as Margaret says, there are many tools to "correcting" an online reputation. It depends on how far the business, or chiro, is willing to go. Sorry to see this late! 
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Alan Bowles

Local SEO  - 
 
Hi I'm looking forward to contributing and learning new trends in local search marketing so that I can deliver the most relevant information to my local business clients.
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Todd McCall

Discussion  - 
 
? About Getting Listings for Satellite Offices Compliant with Google My Business Guidelines

I have a client with listings in Google+ for a handful of satellite offices in addition to their main offices. These offices are primarily used for meetings when serving clients in the area.

They are willing to staff these offices in order to be compliant with Google's guidelines and do things properly.

So long as they are staffed by someone who can 100% provide in person service during stated hours, we'd be compliant, correct? 
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