Video: Last Week in Local March 12, 2018
Mike Blumenthal

Last week in Local 3/12/18

Join Local U for the latest public episode of Last Week in Local, a weekly conversation about the articles that attracted our attention during the past week ending March 12th. This week features Mary Bowling &  Mike Blumenthal.

If you have a special topic you would like us to discuss for our other weekly feature, the Deep Dive in Local, or if you would like to be on one or the other of our segments, reach out and send us the topic and your availability. If you are interested in sponsoring this weekly show also please let us know.

Maybe Uber and Lyft drivers *can* make a living

Recalculating the hourly wage gave the researcher and his colleagues a new salary figure of either $8.55 or $10 per hour, after expenses (instead of the original $3.55/hr). Still not a livable way. So much for the sharing economy.

Video Deep Dive: Google Posts Impact Study – Local University

Interesting research indicates that Google Posts do not “steal” clicks from other on KP links and are additive. The finding that graphic call to actions were successful is also significant.

Forget Making AMP Pages; Google Looks To Bring AMP Benefits To Open Web Standards

Moving beyond the Google mothership to an HTML standard could impact web development over the next few years.

Will AMP Become a Web Standard for the World of Commerce? | Street Fight

David Mihm and Mike look at the likely impact of Google’s AMP announcements (WordPress integration, AMP for GMail, & AMP for HTML 5) and how they might impact the web for the world of commerce in the next 24 months.

There are an amazing number of businesses and all types of businesses – broken down by state – that Jason Brown has flagged as having fake reviews.

” If you have information about a business in your area falsifying reviews, please contact us and we will look into them. Email us at

The 25 Best Blogs & Publications to Learn SEO in 2018 – SEO 101

Mike’s blog mentioned as one of the top 25 places to learn SEO by SEJ

How To Rank Nationally Using Local Links To Your Domain ? | CustomerThink

Interesting take on building local links to help a site rank nationally

Citation Sites with DoFollow Links and NoFollow Links List | BrightLocal

Brightlocal gives us Top Citation sites and notes whether the links are no follow or not.

Google’s updated SERP snippet length: What should be your SEO strategy now? | Search Engine Watch

Metadescription advice from David Portney on how to view metadescriptions these days:

“Audit your site’s content to ensure that the first text on your page is compelling, uses keywords congruent with how someone would search for your content, ensure the first paragraph contains at least 300-350 characters of text including spaces, and front-load the first 150 characters in case google changes back to shorter snippets in the future.”

Early Bird Pricing Extended for LocalU Advanced in Austin – April 12, 2018 – Local University

Now is the time to buy a discounted ticket if you were thinking of attending the most intimate and informative local conference of the year.

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