Google My Business Updates Galore: What Local Business Should Know About Messaging, Posts, and More

It’s certainly been a busy summer so far for the team behind Google My Business. They’ve been hard at work releasing a wave of new updates, including a new messaging feature that changes the way local businesses interact with their customers. 5 Google My Business Updates You May Have Missed via @Advice_Local #GMB Click To Tweet The slew of recent Google My Business updates include: A messaging feature that connects […Read More]

Creative Blogging Ideas for Local Businesses

With a solid local content marketing plan in place, local businesses can leverage high-quality blog content to reach a wider pool of potential customers. The key is to write content tailored to the target audience’s specific needs and interests. For local businesses, this means publishing a healthy mix of local-inspired blog posts and industry-related content. Creative Blogging Ideas for Local Businesses via @Advice_Local Click To Tweet Not sure where to […Read More]

Back to the Basics: Google My Business Pin Not Working? How to Fix This Common Verification Issue

Maintaining an up-to-date Google My Business listing is critical for local businesses as well as multi-location brands that want to get found by customers online. After the business has created or claimed a Google My Business listing, the next step is to get the listing verified. This allows Google to confirm the business owner’s identity and prevents anyone else from falsely claiming ownership. We recommend getting verified as soon as […Read More]

Google is Making It Easier to Manage Multiple Google My Business Listings

The Googlers have been hard at work in recent months, rolling out several notable changes to the Google My Business dashboard. We’ve already discussed how Google is making it harder for bad actors to dupe consumers with fraudulent business listings and touched on changes to Google My Business guidelines for service-area businesses. The most recent update introduces a new menu that makes it easier to manage multiple Google My Business […Read More]

Back to the Basics: Why Duplicate Listings are a Real Issue for Local Businesses

Duplicate listings are responsible for much of the bad data that plagues local businesses online. In addition to damaging credibility and reducing visibility, duplicate listings can spread to other sources and result in even more duplicates across the web. Whether duplicate listings are created by accident or on purpose (perhaps by business owners who wrongly assume it will help SEO), they are always detrimental to the business’ local presence. Though […Read More]

Back to the Basics: Best Image Sizes for Google My Business

Following Google’s guidelines is crucial when creating, claiming, or updating a Google My Business listing. This applies to every element of the listing, from selecting a business category to uploading images. Google has very specific directions when it comes to the kind of photos they allow on their business listings and their social platform, Google+. If you don’t follow their guidelines, the images could get taken down, buried by other […Read More]

Back to the Basics: How to Create a Google My Business Listing

Business owners who decide to invest some time and effort into broadening the company’s online presence through local business directories are on the path to local SEO success. Getting listed in local directories is an important step toward distinguishing the business from its competitors. Now, the next step is to determine which listings the business should be a part of. One that every business definitely needs to manage is a Google […Read More]

Back to the Basics: How to Claim and Optimize a Local Business Listing on Google My Business

For a local business that wants to get discovered in search results, maintaining an accurate Google My Business listing is critical. The listing details (such as the business’ phone number, website, photos, and hours of operation) determine what information consumers see in Google Search and Maps. Business owners need to take control of the company’s Google My Business listing to ensure up-to-date business information is displayed online. This means creating […Read More]