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Google Local Services

How to Minimize Your Damage From Google’s New Platform

Have you noticed a new type of sponsored result on Google’s search results pages? These ads are for Google’s new platform, Local Services, which Google designed to promote local service providers like plumbers, electricians, handymen, cleaners, locksmiths, and the like. According to the official website, “Local Services ads help you connect with people who search […]

Mobile-first index

Is Your Mobile Site Ready to Carry the Team for You?

At an industry event this week in New York City, Google’s Gary Illyes spoke about one of the search giant’s latest endeavors: mobile-first indexing. Illyes said this project has begun to roll out, with an undisclosed number of websites already affected. The timeline for a complete roll-out also remains undisclosed. All of this “undisclosed” information […]

Google Hawk Update

Could You Be Targeted Next by Google's Aggressive New Filter?

Raise your hand if you wish Google would stop making secret updates already! Just when you think you’ve mastered local search, Google launches a change that turns everything on its head. This time, it’s the Hawk update. This latest update has serious, wide-reaching consequences for small, local businesses like yours. It’s crucial you understand the […]

Google star rating

Keep a Close Eye on Your Google Star Rating

Be on the lookout for any changes to your Google star rating! Seeking to provide a valuable user experience, Google has long highlighted customer reviews and star ratings on its business listings. However, Google has altogether changed the way it determines and displays a business’s star rating. Of course, it’s still based on customer reviews, but it […]

Google My Business dashboard

Google My Business Updates You Need to Know About

If you’ve been frustrated with how difficult it is to monitor activity on your Google My Business account, you’ll be relieved to hear about some updates that just rolled out. Most notably, business owners are excited about an update that now pushes notifications to your dashboard. You can see in real time things like new […]

Don't Believe Us About the Importance of Accurate Listings?

We tell our clients over and over again that the accuracy of their online listings can make or break their advertising efforts. If your listings don’t have accurate, consistent information across the board, then you’re fighting a losing battle. Our lectures are often met with skepticism. How important could all these little listings really be?  In Moz’s […]

Has Google's Security Gone Too Far?

Surprise, surprise: Google is making life more difficult for local business owners and online advertisers. This time, the problems have to do with Google’s new security measures, which have become markedly stricter in the last year. While tightening security is a good idea in theory, it’s been extremely problematic in execution, as it has created quite […]

Is Your Google My Business Listing Being Sabotaged by… Google?

If you have a Google My Business account, the greatest force working against you may be Google itself. Here’s what you need to watch out for. Google Makes Updates Without Your Knowledge Many local business owners and advertising providers alike have noticed that, every so often, little details on their Google listings are suddenly changed without their […]

Two Need-to-Know Changes That Will Impact Your Advertising Campaign for the Rest of 2015

Does it feel like we’re always trumpeting some game-changing update to the online advertising world? You’re not wrong. But that’s because the online advertising world is always changing. As consumer behavior evolves, so must advertising. In the last couple of years, the most dramatic change in consumer behavior has been the rapidly growing usage of mobile devices. […]

Google Now Displays Tweets in Search Results

Earlier this year, Google announced that it had reached a deal with Twitter to display tweets in its search results. On May 19, the experts at Search Engine Land noticed that Google was finally executing its plan, as tweets began appearing prominently in a “new and more graphical way” on mobile search results. Desktop searches have not […]

7 Signs That Call From Google Is a Scam

Cons and scams certainly aren’t unique to the Internet Age, but it definitely seems like they’re lurking around every corner lately. At one time or another, we’ve all received spam e-mails, Facebook messages, and phone calls from individuals who are posing as other people to trick us into giving up our money or personal information. That “Nigerian […]

Don't Worry: Your PG Site Is Already Optimized for Mobile

We’ve recently heard from a substantial number of clients who were concerned about whether their LeadTrax™ sites were optimized for mobile. Before we delve into an explanation, let us just say this: Yes, your site is optimized for mobile devices. You have nothing to worry about. All of this concern came from the announcement of Google’s latest […]

"Local Search Puzzle" Pieced Together in One Simple Image

Having trouble understanding exactly what goes into your site’s local search rankings, no matter how many times your account manager attempts to demystify it? This should help. Linda Buquet, a local search specialist and community leader of Local Search Forum, recently posted this illustration that simplifies the “puzzle” of local search. As the image shows, the four main […]

Know Your Google

How familiar with Google are you, actually? Not just the search engine—we’re talking specifically about Google’s policies as they pertain to your business. As a business owner, if you’re not careful, ignorance or misinformation could wreak havoc on your online advertising efforts. Recently, Prospect Genius discovered two troublesome examples of what can happen when business […]