Video: Last Week in Local – Feb 18, 2019
Mike Blumenthal

Every week we bring you a brief 15 minute video and the links of the best articles in Local Search. OK. It’s not always 15 minutes but we are never off by more than 10 minutes or so.;

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Is Google Maps what augmented reality has been waiting for? – Search Engine Land


Mary: @GregSterling unpacks Google’s Local Guides’ AR beta test for walking directions for us. I need that!

6 things you need to know about Google’s change for service area businesses – Search Engine Land


Mary: @SterlingSky provides us with the details on how to deal with addresses for SABs on GMB. Hint: it’s messier than you than you think.

How Many Ways Can Someone Troll Your Google My Business Page? |


Mary: @PhilRosek scares us with all the ways evil folks can possibly mess with your GMB listing!

Payless is closing all its 2,100 US stores – CNN


Mike: One more retailer bites the dust. I will miss the signs that used to say: Help Wanted. Payless. Unintentionally transparent?

How Google will shift resources to media search and other tidbits from Gary Illyes’ AMA on Reddit – Search Engine Land


Mike: You can not be punished for internal anchor link Internal link penalty.

Gary also said that there is no such thing as a penalty for internal link over-optimization. He said, “you can abuse your internal links as much as you want AFAIK.” Focus on the basics.

Gary really stressed that SEOs and webmasters should stop obsessing about such detail and focus on the basics, calling things like rank checkers and “silly updates” a waste of time.

Mike Blumenthal on Twitter: “Google appears to be adding selected review content labeled as “testimonials” to some GMB websites:…”


Mike: Google appears to be adding selected 5 star review content labeled as “testimonials” to some GMB websites. Clearly a test as it is on a very few sites.

Reply to reviews on Maps on desktop – The Google Advertiser Community – 1921152


Mike: Feature that has been on mobile, reply to reviews from Google Maps now moves to the desktop in an effort to engage SMBs.

Google Local Restaurant Packs Showing “Find a Table” Filter | Sergey Alakov


Mike: Google goes deeper with reservations, allowing a customer to see whether a certain size of party at a specific time directly in the pack results rather than forcing the user further into the reservation funnel.

Review Responses: Win Big With Every Review Reply – GatherUp


Mike: A great summary of why and how to respond to reviews. Also provides guidance for developing a plan when you just can’t respond to all reviews.

Google Posts: Less Visible but Still Valuable | Street Fight


Mike: David Mihm and Mike discuss the value in Google Posts even though they’ve become less visible within business listings.

How to Fight Spam and Influence Rankings – BrightLocal


Carrie: Great webinar last week from Joy Hawkins, Ben Fisher and Jason Brown on fighting spam and the best ways to go about it.

Majority of small business owners think a recession is coming: Survey


Carrie: Majority of small business owners think a recession is coming – how this might affect local search & SEO is unknown – but if SMBs feel a downturn, sometimes their first instinct is to cut everything – including marketing retainers.

GMB Clarifies Guidelines on Virtual Offices – Sterling Sky Inc


Carrie: Google MyBusiness has added verbiage to their “rules” that actually helps us SMB marketers a lot. By clarifying that an office must be staffed BY YOUR BUSINESS STAFF it helps us convince the virtual office offenders that using the Regus/Davinci staff to answer their phones, etc, is not kosher.

Google tests ads in Assistant results – Search Engine Land


Carrie: Google appears to be testing the delivery of ads in Google Assistant results. If you have the type of business that is going to rely heavily on Google Assistant – it may be that you can’t afford to consider ads moving forward. Seems to push any organic down and show the ad first.

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