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Fake Reviews, Fraudulent Content on Google Maps Leads to Significant SEO Penalties

Google penalizes may websites for implementing black hat SEO practices and fraudulent activity, but a recent blog post on the Google Keyword Blog details how significant these penalties are related to fake reviews and fraudulent content on Google Maps and Google My Business. Specifically, the blog post states additional enforcement actions by Google beyond website penalties …

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Scema Markup: Add it to your site

How Can My Website Search Results Benefit From Technical Data Markup?

Digital marketing campaigns require a mix of strategies to deliver online leads and customers.  Highly detailed content helps to engage interested site visitors to make a purchase while technical solutions and optimization techniques help search engine performance on Google search engine result page (SERPS). When marketers and webmasters also leverage technical data markup to further …

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How Can I Optimize My Site for Local SEO?

Imagine you’re out for a stroll and want to pick up some Thai food for yourself. You open up your web browser and you type in “Thai food” or “Thai food near me.” You’ll notice that there’s an immediate list of businesses that sell Thai food within your proximity. That’s because Google’s algorithms have created …

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Maps

Google Maps View Now Highlights COVID-19 Hotspots

Google is releasing a new Google Maps views that allow users to view COVID-19 hotspots in the area. Research assistance from Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times, Wikipedia, and other authoritative sources allowed the Google Maps team to highlight emerging and nearby COVID-19 outbreaks. Sujoy Banerjee, a Product Manager for Google Maps, explains that …

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Small business SEO

Could Businesses Benefit from Leveraging Digital Plus Codes on Google Maps?

Google Map plus codes allow users and small businesses to generate digital business addresses for unmapped locations, which can help organize new business pivots or adjustments related to COVID-19.  As businesses continue to address digital marketing challenges associated with COVID-19, ensuring that your consumers have detailed directions, locations for pickup/curbside services, or other COVID-19 adjustments …

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Are you leveraging Support Links on Google My Business?

New support links and call-to-actions allow small businesses to garner community and stakeholder donations during COVID-19.  Small businesses that are continuing to operate and maintain their operations may have another channel to help build capital, sustain their employee salaries, and provide services/goods to their communities. Google has announced the use of new support links via …

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Healthcare Providers Should Leverage New COVID-19 Google My Business Tools

Google continues to provide local SEO support for businesses by rolling out a variety of features to help users get services through digital channels. Recently, Google has uniquely supported healthcare providers, such as hospitals, primary care offices, and urgent care centers, by rolling out virtual visit conversions and COVID-19 info fields on Google My Business. …

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Why Isn’t My Business Appearing on Google Maps?

Anyone that uses search engines or the internet has likely used Google Maps as a primary source to find local services, restaurants, or entertainment options. Ranking high on Google Maps and the Local Pack on Google (the top three local maps results)  is key for a successful digital marketing campaign, which means that any business …

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Do Positive Reviews & Reputation Management Matter for SEO?

Reputation management has emerged as a marketing buzzword over the last decade. Leading research and SEO experts find that it is crucial to ensure that you have a healthy queue of positive reviews in order to improve your search engine rankings. Earning positive customer reviews on Google and social media is the key to using …

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