Images in Google Posts Borked, Broken, and Bonkers

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A few weeks ago - an innocuous thread on the Local Search Forum started with the title, "Images That Will Cause Your Google Posts to Fail and Filter Your Google Posts" started a conversation around Google rejecting posts because we thought the skin-to-clothing ratio was too low. There didn't seem to... The post Images in Google Posts Borked, Broken, and Bonkers appeared first on Local University .

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[New Feature] Google MyBusiness Product Suggested Categories

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Colan Nielsen spotted a new GMB product feature in the dashboard. Now you can categorize your products based on some suggested categories that Google pre-populates within the Products tab in your GMB. They seem pretty accurate but closely related to "things" not "services" This is not populating for all... The post [New Feature] Google MyBusiness Product Suggested Categories appeared first on Local University .

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Heart, Ear, Eye, Mind, Mouth: Local SEO Exercises for Your Least Technical Clients

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Posted by MiriamEllis When was the last time you relaxed with a client? As a local business consultant, I know that deeper marketing insights can be discovered when you set aside formality and share experiences: a moment, a laugh, a common bond. When I’m looking for ways to make life easier for a client, I sometimes reflect on ancient practices like yoga, tai chi, and mindful breathing, which are increasingly understood as beneficial to human health . For a space in time, they reduce the complex world we live in to a simpler one where being, breath, movement, and focus bring the practitioner to a more intuitive state. Local marketing agencies can empathize with the complex world their clients inhabit. Local business owners must manage everything from rent and employee benefits to customer service, business reviews, web content, and online listings. When you take on a new client, you expect …

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GMB Adds “Manage insurance info for your practice” Section to Help Center

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Google My Business recently update the page titled “Get started with Google My Business for healthcare providers” with a section called “Manage insurance info for your practice”. Google states: Important: Insurance information is available for select merchants in the US only. It displays for merchants whose insurance availability is provided to... The post GMB Adds “Manage insurance info for your practice” Section to Help Center appeared first on Local University .

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The MozCon Virtual Video Bundle Is Here (Plus, Our 2019 Videos are FREE!)

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Posted by cheryldraper This year's MozCon was unlike any other. In the midst of a global pandemic, we pivoted from planning our traditional 1,600-plus in-person shindig to an online conference that ended up bigger and more well-attended than anything we'd done before. MozCon Virtual was a delightful journey into the unknown. Just a few of the practical lessons we learned: How to collect, assemble, and ship high-quality at-home filming kits to our speakers How to reimagine online networking (they weren't held over delicious entrees at lunch, but our Birds of a Feather virtual sessions were a big hit!) How to get the most out of an online conference while also caring for your needs and being aware of Zoom fatigue And while it may have felt a little different this year, with 21 industry experts covering topics all the way from easy-to-implement machine learning to effective content promotion to crafting …

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Covid Testing Data for Google Business Profiles Can Now be Submitted to Third Party

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Earlier in the week, we started seeing the visibility of Covid testing information on local business profiles on Google. Google has indicated that if you are an organization that is providing Covid testing at your location, you are now able to submit your testing information to CastLight Covid Testing Locator... The post Covid Testing Data for Google Business Profiles Can Now be Submitted to Third Party appeared first on Local University .

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What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by willcritchlow We're bringing back this slightly different-from-the-norm Whiteboard Friday, in which the fantastic Will Critchlow shares lessons from how kids search. Kids may search differently than adults, but there are some interesting insights from how they use Google that can help deepen our understanding of searchers in general. Comfort levels with particular search strategies, reading only the bold words, taking search suggestions and related searches as answers — there's a lot to dig into. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, everyone. I'm Will Critchlow, founder and CEO of Distilled, and this week's Whiteboard Friday is a little bit different. I want to talk about some surprising and interesting and a few funny facts that I learnt when I was reading some research that Google did about how kids search for information. So this isn't super actionable. …

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Proximity Third: A Deeper Dive into a Local Ranking Factors Surprise

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: J.B. Hill What’s the good of a survey if it doesn’t result in at least a few surprises? I know my own eyebrows leapt skyward when the data first came in from the Moz State of the Local SEO Industry 2020 Survey and I saw that, in a break with tradition, participants had placed user-to-business proximity at a lowly third place in terms of influencing Google local pack rankings. Just a year ago, our respondents had voted it #1. If you’re feeling startled, too, here’s our chance to take a more granular look at the data and see if we can offer some useful theories for proximity’s drop in perceived dominance. First, a quick definition of user-to-business proximity What do local SEOs mean when they speak of user-to-business proximity? Imagine an Internet searcher is standing in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, looking on their …

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New Reviews Now Showing at Google

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It seems that while we are still waiting for reviews left at Google during the furlough to show, newly written and updated reviews are starting to show. (H/T Adam Dorfman). I just left this review on a local restaurant and it showed immediately despite the fact that I still got... The post New Reviews Now Showing at Google appeared first on Local University .

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How to Get Backlinks in 2020 [Series] - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by BritneyMuller Link building is never-ending in SEO, but a little creativity and smart tactics can help you ferret out great link opportunities from their hiding spots. In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, Britney Muller kicks off a series on modern link building (including the sage advice: let people choose their own anchor text!) Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. Today we are going to be looking at the easiest ways for you to get backlinks to your website. None of these involve content creation whatsoever. Really excited to dive into this. It will be part of a larger "Link Building in 2020 Series and Beyond." So really excited to dive into some of the easiest things that you can do today to enhance your backlink profile. …

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