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Who We Are

Local U brings together some of the top minds in local search, including representatives from Google Places and Bing Places.

Mike Blumenthal

Local University

"Mike has been involved with offering web services since 1995."

Mary Bowling

Ignitor Digital Marketing

"Mary has been involved in all aspects of SEO since 2003 ."

Joy Hawkins

Sterling Sky

"Joy Hawkins is a Local SEO expert who is a Google My Business Top Contributor."

Joel Headley

PatientPop

"Joel has worked with Google's Local & Geo products since 2005 ."

Matt McGee

Search Engine Land

"Matt began offering SEO and marketing services in the late 1990s"

David Mihm

Co-founder of Local University

"David runs Tidings, Minutive and the Agency Insider. "

Mike Ramsey

Founder of Nifty Marketing

"Moonlights as the owner/publisher of The Voice"

Ed Reese

founder of Sixth Man Marketing

"Ed has consulted for high-tech firms, universities, ecommerce companies."

Will Scott

Search Influence

"Will has been helping small businesses get online since 1994"

Darren Shaw

Founder of Whitespark

"Darren is widely regarded in the local SEO community as an innovator, "

Aaron Weiche

CMO for GetFiveStars.com

"Aaron is a digital marketing veteran of over 18 years"

Willys Devoll

Works at Google

"Willys is a content strategist for Google My Business and AdWords Content Strategy and Development team"

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The Expert’s Guide to Local SEO

A 283+ page training manual that is updated monthly and contains advanced tips and tactics for Local SEO that actually work and drive results. The style of the guide is educational in nature and uses lots of screen shots and step-by-step instructions on how to do things.

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Local U Expert’s Advice & Instruction

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    Video: Last Week in Local 2/24/2020
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    [New Feature] Google MyBusiness Product Suggested Categories
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    [New Feature] Google Posts with Multiple Images
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    Images in Google Posts Borked, Broken, and Bonkers
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    Video: Last Week in Local 2/17/20
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    Video: Last Week in Local 2/10/2020
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Video: Last Week in Local 2/24/2020

Prefer to get your news by listening/watching? Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending February 24, 2020! Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel. The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are included….

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Video: Last Week in Local 2/17/20

Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending February 17, 2020! Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel, The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are below.     Mike’s Links: LocalU Advanced – Google My…

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Video: Last Week in Local 2/10/2020

Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending February 10, 2020! Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel, The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are below. Mike’s Links: Tripadvisor Launches “Review Hub” to Help Restaurants…

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Video: Last Week in Local 2/3/20

Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending February 3, 2020! Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel, The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are below.   Mike’s Links SF restaurants asking to be removed…

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Video: Last Week in Local 1/27/20

Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending January 27, 2020! Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel, The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are below. TripAdvisor Cuts Hundreds of Jobs After Google Competition Bites – Bloomberg.com…

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Video: Last Week in Local for 1/20/20

Join us for the latest in local search news for the week ending January 20, 2020!  Slightly new format coming your way.  Video will be posted here and on our YouTube channel, The podcast is still available in your favorite apps, and the links to each story are below. Would…

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