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.
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
All of a sudden, my map went wonky. The markers would all show, but no background map or imagery would show at all!
I spent HOURS today trolling through StackOverflow, forums, etc., and finally discovered the problem.
There appears to have been a Penguin data update either yesterday or early today.
What makes me so sure?
Well, I set up a little Penguin trap. I built a one-page site, tuned for a nonsense term, and built about a dozen links to that page with the nonsense term as anchor text.
Rand Fishkin‘s Whiteboard Friday presentation today does a terrific job of covering 5 key search-related topics in a way that’s understandable to SEO clients.
Google Webmaster Tools newly-announced Search Analytics brings with it a rescue from the dreaded [not provided] debacle of the past 3 1/2 years.
Google’s talking about “more precise data” etc. in the new Search Analytics report–referring to the massive data issues in the old Top Queries and Top Pages reports in Webmaster Tools, where often the numbers were totally hallucinogenic, attributing 10s of thousands of clicks at a time to the wrong landing pages and many other errors.
In trying to help a client of mine fix some nutty listing info on Citysearch, I was instructed by Citysearch support people to click the “Unlock listing” link on the page.
OK, I can do that…
But that takes you to Yext, who apparently is attempting to manage this process. I say “attempting”, because here’s what you get:
Rand Fishkin at Moz did this White Board Friday presentation on a high-level approach for structuring how you tackle search marketing. I think it’s a great perspective on SEO, and I think describing what we do in these simple steps will be very helpful for many of my clients. Continue reading
Moz published my blog post on techniques for leveraging Panda to make your product feed-based website stand out, both to Google and to end users.
I had a great discussion with Nathalie Nahai on establishing trust and making new customers over the internet. Continue reading
If Google+ reviews are so important, how come it’s so difficult to leave one on a mobile device?
I’m not one of those who think Google is inherently evil, and that everything they do is a devious attempt to trick us into spending more on AdWords. OK, some of what they do is…but they’re a for-profit company, and need to do their best to make a buck for their shareholders…and that’s OK.
The problem with having a virtual monopoly on any given space is that there’s no real incentive to be better than the competition. If you release a version of your software and it’s got problems, the customers won’t leave you in droves because–well, you’re really the only game in town. Continue reading