Video: Last Week in Local 12/9/19
Carrie Hill

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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Results of Removing My Google My Business Listing


Mary: Bill Hartzer shares his experiences with a “non-local” business using a GMB listing. Remember when I removed my Google My Business listing? Well, I have now removed the GMB listing not once, but twice. Here is what happened the 2nd time.

Bill Slawski ⚓ on Twitter


Mary: Read this thought-provoking thread on Twitter by Bill Slawski: “Which SEO myths need to be buried, that you are sick of seeing and reading about?

Endurance International Group sells SinglePlatform to TripAdvisor for $51M 


Mary: Playing defense, TripAdvisor buys Single Platform to boost it’s restaurants division.

TripAdvisor launches self-service ad platform for SMBs – Marketing Land


Mary: Trip Advisor is selling do-it-yourself display ads in an effort to attract more travel advertising dollars.

Black “Ad” Label Appears in 3-Pack on Desktop – Local Search Forum


Colan: Google is testing the black “ad” color for 3-pack ads on desktop. They blend in and look just like the organic results.

Google Webmasters on Twitter


Colan: Google has added a useful messaging interface inside Google Search Console.

Help! I Got a Negative Review From Someone That’s Not My Customer. – Sterling Sky Inc


Colan: One of the most frequently asked questions in the world of Local SEO: Help! I Got a Negative Review From Someone That’s Not My Customer.

Danny Sullivan on Twitter


Colan: What is Neural Matching and what does this mean for Local SEO?

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I had no idea what they meant by “neural matching” so I had to go digging. According to Danny Sullivan – “The use of neural matching means that Google can do a better job going beyond the exact words in the business name or description to understand conceptually how it might be related to the words searchers use and their intents…” IE – they turned up the dial on related queries – or queries that don’t have a business name in them – in an effort to show local results with local intent.

This seemed to turn up the dial on GMB business name spam.

Neural matching allows Google to better understand when users’ queries have local search intent even when the business name or description aren’t included.

I am seeing some of the spam in results go away again – but not sure if that’s just in my limited searching. Lawyers with spammed biz names seem to still be doing well in some locations.

Google My Business Guide for Restaurants – Online Ownership


Carrie: Tim Capper wrote a step-by-step guide to setting up and optimizing your Google Business Listing for restaurants. They have unique challenges that other categories DONT face, so this is a nice niche-specific guide. Definitely worth a look

The Local Algorithm: Relevance, Proximity, and Prominence


Carrie: Mary did a Moz whiteboard Friday and explains very clearly how relevance, proximity, and prominence work together to craft a result for any query with local intent. This is a GREAT addition to any conversation about local – and any audit you’re doing of a local website for someone who doesn’t understand the local algorithm.

LocalU Advanced – Google My Business Master Class in Atlanta


Carrie: LocalU is partnering with CallRail to bring a 1-day Google MyBusiness Master Class to Atlanta on March 25, 2020. Tickets right now are steeply discounted before we release the agenda on 1/6/20 – just $599!

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Carrie comes to Sterling Sky with SEO experience that dates back to 2005! She has a passion for figuring out what works for each and every client and picking apart the problems that arise in our “it depends” relationship with Google. She has also been organizing and nurturing the LocalU Conference Series since 2017 – through to today – across a hectic few years of pandemic and back into in-person conferences again.