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Google Working On A Softer & Gentler Panda Algorithm To Help Small Businesses

panda-and-baby-blog-3-14-2014Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at Search Marketing Expo that his search team is working the “next generation” Panda update that would appear to many as being softer.

Cutts explained that this new Panda update should have a direct impact on helping small businesses do better.

One Googler on his team is specifically working on ways to help small web sites and businesses do better in the Google search results. This next generation update to Panda is one specific algorithmic change that should have a positive impact on the smaller businesses.

Matt Cutts didn’t mention when the new update is coming out but rather they are currently working on this update. My feeling is that it is far off from being launched, like maybe in two to three months at best, but that is my gut.  Read More

 

Local SEO Update: Now Allowing Descriptors in Business Title

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Orlando Local SEO

Change of rules for your Local SEO. After Google being so strict as to what to let business owners use as their “Business Name”, they just announced within the Google Support that they have made an update in their  Place quality guidelines to allow single descriptor within the business name. Why is Google changing this guideline? We don’t know, but make sure to follow it and don’t overdo it.

Here are the revised guidelines:

Business Name:

  • Your title should reflect your business’s real-world title.
  • In addition to your business’s real-world title, you may include a single descriptor that helps customers locate your business or understand what your business offers.
  • Marketing taglines, phone numbers, store codes, or URLs are not valid descriptors.
  • Examples of acceptable titles with descriptors (in italics for demonstration purposes) are “Starbucks Downtown or “Joe’s Pizza Restaurant. Examples that would not be accepted would be “#1 Seattle Plumbing”, “Joe’s Pizza Best Delivery” or “Joe’s Pizza Restaurant Dallas“.

Basically use only ONE descriptor, either location information or description of what your business offer, but NOT both. So make sure to adjust your local business marketing strategies with this new update.

 

“Action Required: You have 3 weeks to save your Google Places Listing.”

Search Engine Land

Have you received this e-mail from Google? If so, let us know and please read this article.

 

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Some business owners are receiving emails from Google requiring them to reverify their listings within three-weeks or their listings will be removed from Google Maps and Google+ Local. The emails contain the subject, “Action Required: You have 3 weeks to save your Google Places Listing.” It is unclear how many businesses have received this notification …Read More

4 Go-Tos To Make Online Reviews Work For Your Business

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Search Engine Land

By now, everyone knows that online reviews can have a tremendous impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions. Ultimately, a single review — positive or negative — can tip the scale in favor of one company over another. No doubt, the power of reviews on Google+, Yelp, Angie’s List and other local search directories continues to mount. …Read More