There have been some significant changes with Google Places listings (Google Maps) the past couple of weeks that you should be aware of if local search results are important to you including: Google No Longer Shows Some Descriptive Info Owners Input in Listings, Review Snippets From Other Web Sources Have Been Removed, Citation Sites No Longer Displayed.
The results of survey of SEO’s regarding the sources of web site visitors to their local clients’ web sites. Google Places tops the list
Google’s new blended local search results may push your traditional organic listings much further down within the search results making it more important than ever to get a local result listed within the “blended” search results on google.com.
Local Search Ranking Factors – The results of a survey of 27 folks who work on local search. In it you’ll find 41 positive ranking factors ranked by relative importance along with 8 negative factors that can hurt your rankings in Google and Yahoo local search results
In this article I’ll cover the important factors for getting the best results in Google Maps, Google’s Local Search (Not just rankings but overall results including enticing people to take action). Local Search has become much more important with the evolution of Blended or Universal Search results.
In this Part -1 video (a little over 6 minutes) I’ll demonstrate why you should check for your local search listings in the major search engines if local search results are important to your business or organization.
I’ll also talk about how to improve your rankings in Google’s local search results (Google Maps).