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Google Places for Business vs. Google+ Local

It’s critical for businesses to get involved in both Google Places and Google+ Local because it gains increased visibility and helps control one’s brand on Google — the world’s most popular search tool. Did you know that each month 100 billion searches are conducted on Google? This post by Amanda DiSilvestro on Search Engine Watch does a great job of clarifying the confusion … Continue reading “Google Places for Business vs. Google+ Local”

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Google+ Hits 250 Million Users

Google+ just announced at the I/O conference is that in just one year it has grown from zero to 250 million plus users making it the third largest social network in the English speaking world behind Twitter and Facebook. Jeff Bulla’s recent post Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Google+ Anymore shared some other facts, figures and statistics that are … Continue reading “Google+ Hits 250 Million Users”

New first stop for hacked site recovery via Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:

How to avoid ever needing Help for hacked sites: Just as you focus on making a site that’s good for users and search-engine friendly, keeping your site secure — for you and your visitors — is also paramount. When site owners fail to keep their site secure, hackers may exploit the vulnerability. If a hacker … Continue reading “New first stop for hacked site recovery via Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:”

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4 Reasons a Google Local Page is Crucial to SEO

Have you claimed and optimized your brand’s free Google Local  page (formerly Google Places)? Here are 4 reasons you should do so today: 1. Google Dominates Online Search Everyone knows that Google is the king of search engines. If you want to rank well in Google, you need to play by its rules. Don’t be … Continue reading “4 Reasons a Google Local Page is Crucial to SEO”

Google+ Local: Have you claimed your page?

Google+ Local listings can be accessed via mobile search, web search, Google maps and  Google+. Searchers find information about your business and location. Google Local pages also incorporate the user-friendly Zagat review system. With over 50% of geolocational searches made on mobile devices, Google integrated GPS features into the Local program, which means mobile searches … Continue reading “Google+ Local: Have you claimed your page?”

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Happy 1st Birthday Google+!

Google+ Growth Spurt: Google+ reached 10 million users only a month after launching last June Google+ currently enjoys 250 million users, half of whom log in daily Google+ is projected to reach 400 million users by December 2012 Google+’s Birthday Present To celebrate Google+’s first birthday, Google released Google Events, which integrate seamlessly (of course) … Continue reading “Happy 1st Birthday Google+!”

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Google+ is Open for Business

Tried out Google’s holiday gift? On November 7, the search engine giant rolled out its Google+ Brand Pages. This new kid on the social media block first introduced itself to individuals in June of 2011, picking up 10 million users in just 16 days. Now, with approximately 50 million users, Google+ opens its virtual doors … Continue reading “Google+ is Open for Business”

Why your websites loves when people push its buttons!

“Share” this. “Like” that. The Internet is atwitter with ways to endorse your favourite businesses, posts, products and services. Half of the world’s top 10,000 websites link to Facebook or Twitter on their homepage. Does yours? Read this post. Buy this product. Shop here. Trust this company. Why let people push your buttons? Because it’s word-of-mouth … Continue reading “Why your websites loves when people push its buttons!”

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It’s time for your website to plug in and button up

They’re everywhere–buttons asking you to “Share” this and “Like” that.  The Internet is atwitter with ways to endorse your favourite businesses, posts, products and services.  Half of the world’s top 10,000 websites link to Facebook or Twitter on their homepage.  Does yours? hy let people push your buttons? Because they’re delivering a call to action. … Continue reading “It’s time for your website to plug in and button up”

Google Maps for Android Now Lets You Add Photos to Reviews

Google Maps for Android has been updated to version 5.10.0, which brings two new nifty features: the ability to attach photos to Place reviews and the option to see Places you’ve rated with 4 or 5 stars in your map view. via Google Maps for Android Now Lets You Add Photos to Reviews.

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Have you verified your Google Listing yet?

Once you’ve verified your listing, you can enhance the Place Page for your business by adding photos, videos, coupons, and even real-time updates like weekly specials all on your Place Page. Verifying your listing gives you the opportunity to share even more information about your business with Google. For more information, visit Getting Started – … Continue reading “Have you verified your Google Listing yet?”