AdWords Loophole Using Google Plus Local (Google Places) Destination URL

The other day I was doing some competitive research and I spotted an interesting thing - 2 ads with identical Display URLs on the same SERP. How could that be? This is actually kind of clever. Because AdWords lets us put anything we want in the Display URL, as long as the root domain matches the … [Read more...]

Google Places Has Finally Gone Crazy

Google Places - No Such State

Yesterday I was claiming a listing on Google Places and got this error: Really Google? There's no Georgia in the U.S.? I tried other states, I tried cancelling and re-claiming, etc. Nothing worked. Eventually I gave up and when I went back to my Google Places dashboard I had this listing … [Read more...]

Google Places Reviews Now Separated by Source

Google Places Reviews

Today I noticed an interesting change to the way reviews are displayed in Google Places. They used to all be in the same section on the page, regardless of source. So reviews that were left directly on Google were displayed together with those that were pulled in from other trusted sites like … [Read more...]

Google Buys Quicksee

Google has purchased Quicksee for $10 million. We can expect that there will soon be video walkthroughs of local businesses integrated into Google Places and Google Maps. This will be a great feature for researching local businesses and other locations. Google has already been sending photographers … [Read more...]

Business Owners Can Respond to Reviews in Google Places

Google Places Review Reply

This is month-old news by now but I hadn't gotten around to writing about it yet and it's fairly important. Google Places now lets business listing owners reply to reviews on their listing directly within the listing. This is important because previously there was no such functionality. As a … [Read more...]

Google Sells Out

Google Sells Out

I suppose we all knew this would happen eventually,  so it's no big surprise that the Big Google Sellout of 2010, as I will now call it from now on, has begun. What am I talking about, you ask? Allow me to direct your attention to this screenshot: Please take a good look at that search … [Read more...]

Google Places Allows Editing of Rejected Ads

Google Places - Alerts

With the transition from Google Maps (aka Google Local) to Google Places, we saw a few changes in the way business listings are presented and administrated. Some of these features include stats reporting directly on the dashboard page, the ability to define a service area for businesses that serve … [Read more...]

Sponsored Links in Google Maps Listings

Google Maps Sponsored Results

I recently noticed some sponsored links in the Local 7-pack in Google results. This is something that many SEOs and internet marketers have been expecting for some time, but this is the first time I'm seeing it. See that little yellow tag under the first result with a link to the advertiser's … [Read more...]

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