Video: Last Week in Local – Feb 11, 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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Fake Google Maps Locations Gone Wild | Netvantage Marketing


Mary: Adam Henige of Netvantage Marketing reveals a truckload of ridiculous Google Maps spam created by an SEO company in Michigan.

Local Search Industry Survey: Local SEO Pay, Pricing & Performance


Mary: Bright Local helps us better understand business practices, pricing, services and attitudes towards local SEO. Compare it to surveys since 2011.

Inside the Secret Facebook War For Mormon Hearts and Minds


Mary: See how cheap and easy it was for a man to try to brainwash his family and friends with targeted Facebook ads.

Yelp hires Evercore for activist defense after hedge fund calls for potential sale of company and board overhaul


Mike: Yelp, with declining numbers of reviews, users and advertisers is looking more and more likely to be candidate for sale. But who could or would buy them?

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Consolidating your website traffic on canonical URLs


Mike: Means that the UTM code you are using with your GMB listing is a little less valuable than it was…

Reciprocal Links: Will They Hurt Your SEO in 2019? (A Study by Ahrefs)


Mike: Reciprocal links, when done properly, are a natural part of the web and can help a website. Not all reciprocal links are bad.

Facebook Allows Page Admins To Reply To Instagram DMs From FB Inbox — Ubergizmo


Mike: We are starting to see the beginnings of Facebook’s integrated communication strategy. Messaging is an area where Facebook (and Apple) have a real advantage over Google.

Dave DiGregorio on Twitter: “First time I’m seeing snippets from Google Posts being pulled into the local finder.


Mike: Dave DiGregorio @deegs20 noted that this was the first time seeing snippets from Google Posts being pulled into the local finder results —> entity knowledge definitely be gleaned from Posts.

Deep Dive: Google Data Studio for Local Search – Local University


Carrie: Join Carrie and Dana DiTomaso as they discuss some tips for moving your reporting to Google Data Studio and why its superior to native Google analytics as so much data can be added from outside Google Analytics.

Google Data Studio used to display GSC Query Data for “who, what, where, when and how”


Carrie: Andy Simpson posted a really helpful tip for using Google Data Studio to find out what kind of questions your customers are asking by filtering “who what where when why how” questions in Google Search Console.

Darren Shaw on Twitter: “Adding a bunch of unrelated categories to your GMB listing will definitely have a negative impact on your local rankings.


Carrie: Darren Shaw posted some research he did into unrelated categories on a GMB listing Too many and too diverse results in a drop in rankings.

Google Expands Content Guidelines For QA Pages


Carrie: Google changed content guidelines for QAPage Schema markup to note that its specifically for UGC, not for businesses to ask and answer their questions without the public’s input.

New Feature: Reply To Google Reviews From GatherUp


Carrie: The team at Gather Up has added the ability to respond to Google reviews from directly within their review management dashboard.

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