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Top 5 takeaways from Moz’s 2018 Local Search Ranking Factors

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Team Leader - Local Solutions

Moz recently released its annual Local Search Ranking Factors survey covering a broad range of topics including Google My Business signals, local reviews, links, citations and much more. To develop the results, Moz surveyed top local SEO practitioners. The respondents offered their thoughts on what they considered to be the most influential factors determining Google’s local … Continued

Google My Business Adds New Features

By: Alyssa Wind, Local Specialist

Throughout 2018, Google’s focus on local search has intensified as they have added several new features to Google My Business listings. These new features help users find more information about the business solely from the Google listing, without having to click through to their website. Over the past month, Google has kept the momentum going … Continued

Google Celebrates 20th Anniversary By Introducing 3 Fundamental Shifts in Search

By: Malcolm Groves, Local Solutions Specialist

During the 20th anniversary of Google’s Future of Search event in September, their Vice President of Search, Ben Gomes, introduced three fundamental shifts in how the company thinks about search. From answers to journeys: Google is bringing new features to Search to help searchers resume tasks where they left off and learn new interests and hobbies. From … Continued

The Medic Update Examined

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Team Leader - Local Solutions

It’s been a little over a month since Google rolled out their latest algorithm update on Aug. 1 –  The Medic Update. Since then, SEO professionals have been carefully analyzing the effects it may have on different sites. At first glance, this update appeared to mainly affect sites in the medical or healthcare verticals. However, … Continued

The Latest from Google: September 2018

By: Carrie Thompson, Marketing Specialist

Google recently deployed an algorithm update, released the new Search Console from beta and rolled out more new features powered by their machine learning efforts.

Google Search Campaigns: 5 Top Questions from Advertisers

By: Lisa Wytrwal, Marketing Specialist

Understandably, advertisers have a lot of questions about their Google search campaigns. One of the biggest questions we get from advertisers is “Why can’t I find myself on Google?” In this article, we’ll explore this, plus a few other top questions as an introduction to Google search advertising campaigns. No. 1: Why can’t I find … Continued

What Google’s Move to Drop Anonymous Reviews Means for Local Brands

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Team Leader - Local Solutions

In late June, Google officially announced they were removing anonymous reviews from business listings. Google provided local search blogger Mike Blumenthal a short and sweet statement confirming the move. “We do not allow anonymous reviews today and we’ve removed legacy anonymous reviews.” The actual purge of anonymous reviews appears to have occurred in May. Google’s confirmation … Continued

Top Announcements for Advertisers from Google Marketing Live

By: Sean Flavin, Content Marketing Manager

Google hosted its annual Google Marketing Live event in San Jose, California on Tuesday. During the live-streamed keynote address, Google executives announced several new features and initiatives coming to the company’s various advertising platforms. The event came just weeks after Google introduced three new (i.e., updated) advertising platforms – Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform and … Continued

The Latest from Google – Goodbye Google AdWords; Hello Google Ads

By: Lisa Wytrwal, Marketing Specialist

If you’re a business owner, marketing professional or let’s be honest, anyone who has taken a breath, you’ve likely heard of Google AdWords. After operating under that name for 18 years, the Google service that’s enabled brands to reach online consumers with paid search ads has rebranded to a simpler moniker – Google Ads.

Google Local Search News: The Latest Updates to Google My Business and Maps

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Team Leader - Local Solutions

Recently, Google released a few details about new features for Google My Business (GMB) and Google Maps users. Although not all of these new features are available yet, each of these updates could be huge for local businesses and consumers.  The GMB dashboard is now allowing more types of service businesses (e.g., plumbers and florists) to add … Continued