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Forum: Offline Marketing 9th October 2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,274
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Landing Page Layout/Design for Local business

There is a great infographic with awesome stats on what elements a good local landing page should contain here ( And then another...
Forum: Offline Marketing 6th September 2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,922
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places When Multiple Businesses at Same Location

First, I'd advise you to stop buying/reading content from the same people you have been buying/reading up to now... Who says that "SEO best practice" is that you "MUST have a unique address"? This is...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st July 2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 511
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Help needed for Citation building

Here are a few articles related to local citation building:

Local Citation Building Study Part 1: Niche-Relevant Citation Sources...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th June 2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: What is the effect of reviews on google places ranking?

The reviews should be written by the customers of the business themselves. Their IPs would naturally be local...

Here is a case study that proves the importance of reviews:

Case Study: How...
Forum: Offline Marketing 6th May 2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 667
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places - All in One Thread

Grey, actually I'm the one who compiled this list of directories during the times I was working for OptiLocal. It is a little outdated right now (seems to haven't been updated for quite some time)....
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th April 2012, 07:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,208
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Local SEO Pricing

The answer you will probably always receive - charge as much as you think your time is worth it.

The true answer - charge as much as you can get. Obviously, if the demand for you is big, charge...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 28th March 2012, 12:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 749
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Local SEO Keyword Help

Yukon makes a very good point here. The problem is the following: many people do not use "[kw] + [city]" when they search. They either use some different type of location marker (like ZIP for...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th February 2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google places reviews question 170212...

According to Google's guidelines, reviews can only be posted by the person themselves, and should represent their personal experience. They also forbid to misrepresent your identity:

Removals of...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 10th February 2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: local SEO question

Writing articles on low-quality article directories (99% of the article directories) and spamming comments with anchor text on people's blogs, especially if they are not in the context of the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd February 2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 899
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Whats going on with Google Places?

Here are my ideas why this is happening:

What is the Reason for the Reduced Google Places Local Search Results? | OptiLocal...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 5th January 2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Backlinking Google Places Profile

I have tested it and I know other people who have tested it using different linking methods. The result: negative.

Google does not think of a Place page as of a normal web page. Number of links to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th December 2011, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 973
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Listing Not Showing Up?

The most recent suggestion from Google on how to fix the "We currently do not support the location" bug without edits):

And the easiest way to get the link to your Place page is the following:...
Forum: Offline Marketing 16th December 2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,373
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Best list of Directories/Citations for Google Places.

I made a list of top 50 citation sources for the US together with explanation how to list your (client's) business on each one of them.

(Update: I will be posting the list again soon!)
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th November 2011, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places question...

Deleting the listing would be the worst thing one can do in such a case EVER.

I'd suggest if you cannot find the old email to simply verify the listing via a new account. You can owner-verify...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th November 2011, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,556
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Phone Verification

Google Places Phone Verification Workarounds (
Forum: Offline Marketing 10th September 2011, 02:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,237
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: How to get rid of bad google places reviews?


Here are some personal answers:

"Is there a way to get rid of bad google places reviews" - nop, the only thing that could be done is to report them as inappropriate but this works in less...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th August 2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Claiming a Google Places listing

You can claim any page on the Internet, but still if you don't verify your ownership over it, it doesn't mean anything :)
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th August 2011, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Page 1 vs. Page 2...Question

I would not fully agree with you. Only claiming a listing and filling in all the information will not help you much in the rankings. Especially if the keyword is mid or highly competitive.

Forum: Offline Marketing 6th August 2011, 04:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,294
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Reviews - How to Monitor Them?

Online Reviews Tool - Learn How To Ask Your Best Customers for Online Reviews | myReviewsPage (

Covers Google Places. If you don't need the others, don't set them....
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st August 2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,280
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Opening Google Places Account - How To Do It Without Real Address?

I am not quite sure how you are going to create a Place page for a "website". Yes, you can create a Place page for a business, even for your own business if you are doing in-person contact with the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 27th July 2011, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,302
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Big Yelp Mistake - need help with yelp

No, they won't. I have experience with similar situation regarding change of phone number. I wrote emails and requests several times, until in the end I called them saying I want to sign up for their...
Forum: Offline Marketing 22nd July 2011, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 773
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Changes Format

I gathered all the changes from yesterday in this post:

Google Places Interface and Reviews Changes | OptiLocal (
Forum: Offline Marketing 22nd July 2011, 02:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Goolge places change

You can see all the changes that appeared on the Place pages yesterday here:

Google Places Interface and Reviews Changes | Local Search Blog...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th July 2011, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 679
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Help with Google Places

You will have to put some "hooks" so that Google can link your website to your Place page. These include:

- mentioning of the address + phone number on at least one place on every page, the best...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th July 2011, 01:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 823
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Question with Locations

Although one can outrank the Google Places with a well-optimized website, deleting the Google Places listing somehow does not match in the whole picture. There are two possible scenarios:

1) There...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th June 2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,050
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Getting in the A spot in Google places

The query returns O-pack (blended search results), where the most important factors are the website ones, i.e. the standard SEO factors (onsite and offsite). Your website hasn't been merged with your...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 9th June 2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Local SEO Industries


- doctor
- lawyer
- restaurant
- car mechanic/towing/wrecking
- contractor (of any kind)
- furniture store (and almost any kind of retail store)
- lawn care/landscaping
- florist
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th June 2011, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,364
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places citations...How can I find out how many and from where

Although these are all good suggestions, if you need a fast way to get all the citations of all your competitors, you will need to use these two tools:

Whitespark Local Citation Finder for Local...
Forum: Offline Marketing 5th June 2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 868
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Is it better to rank on Google Places 7 box or Top 3 organic search ranking?

I think the word "below" answers your question. It's somehow asking if a website that ranks on position 2 will get higher CTR than a site ranking on position 8 (which would be the actual position of...
Forum: Offline Marketing 5th June 2011, 10:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,534
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Local Search Ranking Factors 2011

OK, probably that's some kind of myth that needs to be dispelled. Google does index the citations on the directories that you mentioned. In fact, a listing created on Yelp gets indexed in less than...
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd June 2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,534
Posted By rbrShorty
Local Search Ranking Factors 2011

Hey guys,

Less than a couple of hours ago the 2011 edition of Local Search Ranking Factors (by David Mihm) was issued. This year the layout is a bit changed, because of the major changes that...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st June 2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 888
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Rank Google Maps & More...?


Regarding keyword research and competitor analysis I'd recommend you these articles:

Dissecting Local SEO Via Competitive Analysis - YOUmoz | SEOmoz...
Forum: Offline Marketing 29th May 2011, 03:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 822
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places Images

There are no researches and case studies on that topic unfortunately, but I've written an article on it:

The Importance of Images for Your Google Places Page « Google Places Optimization and Local...
Forum: Offline Marketing 14th May 2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,107
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Good Google Places Blogs?

Here is the list of all blogs connected to Google Places that I follow:

Google Places Blog (
Understanding Google Maps & Local Search (
Forum: Offline Marketing 10th May 2011, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Flickr and Place Pages

If you want my honest personal opinion - tagging, backlinking and "optimizing" photos on Flickr, etc. doesn't have any or at least not more than MICRO-minimal effect on your Place page ranking. I...
Forum: Offline Marketing 10th May 2011, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: My customers Google places listing not showing, please help?

Cathy, the easiest way to check if your client's Place page is live is to go to the Google Places dashboard and click on "View" in the upper right corner. You could then post the link here so we can...
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th May 2011, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google wants to send a photographer to local businesses...

Regarding the inputting of information for businesses - I think there is no such practice already, but I have heard something about people being "hired" to help with the Map Maker program.
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th May 2011, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: How to reverse engineer citations?

There are a few ways to do that:
1) Check the "More about this place" sections for your competitors. It is located at the bottom of their Place pages.
2) Check them through Local Search Toolkit |...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th April 2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Lost google Reviews!!!!

You can check here:
Last Public Comment About Reviews From Google | Understanding Google Maps & Local Search (
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 16th April 2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 873
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: SEO For Google Local Search Results (Google Places)

Thank you for the clarification, Kfir.

Yes, it's very true that many locations could have the same name, but as I pointed out, I have observed problems particularly when there are locations with...
Forum: Offline Marketing 9th April 2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,273
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places - Major Important News and Updates

I guess it's staying, the change affects only Hotpot.

By the way, just read the newest article of Mike Blumenthal, and he pointed the readers' attention to this blog post, which seems to answer...
Forum: Offline Marketing 27th March 2011, 02:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,549
Posted By rbrShorty
Re: Google Places categories Q?

Thank you for the clarifications and editions, Linda. And sorry to the others I was probably not clear enough about the issues mentioned herebefore.

P.S. I am very happy to be reading your posts...
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