Category: local search

Google’s Danny Sullivan confirms that marking a Google My Business listing as temporarily closed will not harm rankings or visibility. As businesses shut their doors to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, Google introduced a “temporarily closed” indicator in Google My Business. Initially there was concern about this indicator negatively impacting search rankings. A concerned business Read more

Yelp is partnering with GoFundMe to introduce a way for independent businesses to accept donations through their Yelp pages. “The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been incredibly challenging for small businesses… Many businesses have been required to temporarily close, making it seemingly impossible to continue to pay their staff and cover rent.“ In Read more

Google is sending out surveys to gauge peoples’ interest in paying for access to premium Google My Business features. Sean Butcher was first to see the survey and alert others about it on Twitter: Anyone else get this bananas questionnaire from GMB today about updated features and pricing for those features? #GMB #Maps #LocalSEO Read more

Each year that goes by in the SEO community, discussions of the authority behind a site become increasingly prevalent. This has been especially true over the last year, as Google has made more updates to the core algorithm, which seems to indicate an increased focus on authority and relevance. While authority is definitely earning greater Read more

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