The Real Truth About SEO & Call Tracking

The call tracking debate goes on and on and on and on. Why? Because, when done incorrectly, it severely cripples a business’ ability to rank well in the Google local search results. While experienced local marketers can tell which types of call tracking are harmful and which are not, the average small business owner — and many marketers […]

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What Kind of Google+ Page Is It? – A Visual Guide to Google+ Local Pages

When Google moved the business Place pages to Google Plus last year, they started to slowly transition their small business dashboards to the new environment as well. Hopefully, soon there will be one consolidated dashboard where a business will be able to give Google their basic business information, add photos, buy Adwords Express/Offers, add videos […]

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How Long Should Your Business Description Be in the Google Places for Business Dashboard?

We received this question via Twitter this week from @AlexMorask: Would you happen to know [the] recommended length for [a] business description in Google Places and Google+? And here’s a reply that’s a little longer than what Twitter allows per tweet: In the old Google Places dashboard the limit was a measly 200 characters. Hardly […]

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Have You Tried Google Support for Local Lately?

Since the dawn of Local Search, getting meaningful support for problems with local business listings on Google has been hit or miss. For a long time, the attitude seemed to be that a free product didn’t warrant any support, but the problems that so many SMBs experienced with their listings were so dire that it […]

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Google’s Carousel: Its Impact On Analytics … & A Spokane Taco Truck

How has Google Carousel impacted your local search traffic? Much like Aaron Weiche’s blurry Bigfoot analogy (ask him about it next time you see him), Google Carousel results are a tad blurry. At first glance, the change appears to result in a drop in Google local traffic. Granted, these are only two examples (from restaurant […]

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How To Segment Local Search In Google Analytics (with Free Dashboard!)

A few weeks ago at Local University Advanced, I led a lab session session focused on local search analytics and how to better utilize advanced segmentation. We had great questions (as well as awesome suggestions) from an audience very eager to take a deep dive into local analytics. We could’ve easily taken another hour to go […]

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