Hacking Google MyMaps

One of my clients discovered this latest dirty trick for ranking, and it’s being used by dirtbags who have pirated content from legit publishers.

If you do this search, you’ll see the 3 of the top organic listings are from a very trusted domain…Google.com.

The problem is, each of these is a user-generated MyMaps page, and it’s just a crappy page with a link to the download and some text.

Google MyMaps hack

Reporting this to Google now…and, the publisher of the legit content is submitting a DMCA take-down.

Outside of the 3-Pack, How Does Google Find Local Results?

Here’s an interesting case of Google’s local organic algorithm failing to produce the right results, and it tells us a bunch about how they’re trying to produce those local results in the organic results outside of the 3-pack.

I’m sitting here near Sunriver, Oregon, and I search for “restaurants near me”. The 3-pack looks pretty good…it’s got the pushpin very accurately located for me (within yards, in fact, despite the fact that I’m on a PC connected via my cable internet provider, not my cellphone with GPS).

3-pack results for restaurants near me
Continue reading Outside of the 3-Pack, How Does Google Find Local Results?

Google Places API Quietly Divorces Google+

I unfortunately have to report that my Google+ My Business Page Finder tool no longer shows the Google+ page for the business in its search results.

Why not?

Because the Google Places API, which used to show the Google+ page in its response, now returns a Google Maps page instead.

I haven’t seen any announcement of this, but the docs on the Place Details Request have been changed. Continue reading Google Places API Quietly Divorces Google+

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