Bing is Testing a Janky (But Kinda Clever) Chatbot in Local Search

If you do a local search, you might see Bing's latest test where you can ask a chatbot questions about the businesses listed.

Remember When There Was a Local 6-Pack? Me Too...

Looks like for some users, the 3-pack (once a 6-pack) has become a 2-pack!

Google's 3-Pack Tests Review Snippets

Could this be a gift to make up for the loss of the sidebar ads? Google is testing snippets that show a single, randomly chosen review underneath ads in the 3-pack.

Recapping April 1st's Local Search News

Two news items about local search and Google My Business broke on April 1 - none were April Fools' pranks. At least as far as I know!

Concerned About Google's 3-Pack Snack Pack?

It's a "mixed bag" when it comes to the positive or negative impacts of Google's new Snack Pack.

Google Removes Free Maps Listings for Home Services Professionals

Dr Pete tweeted about Google testing removing the map and pins from local listings. So far, the test is only in San Francisco.

Inactive Google Plus Local Pages Will Soon Be Shut Down

Mike Blumenthal asserts that this is the "final step in separating local from Plus." Another nail in the coffin for poor Google+.

Study: Google's "Local OneBox" Skews Search In Company's Own Favor

With the knowledge box and the power of Google's "regulars," it's hard enough getting even close to the top.

For Apple Maps: Trip Advisor & in, Yelp out

Apple Maps has come a long way since that time it didn't know the difference between an airport and farm.

Five (5) Under-Appreciated Sources for Local Link Building Success

The original Google algorithm of the late 1990's and early 2000's didn’t prioritize local intent and geography when ranking websites.

Google Mashes PPC and Organic Listings Together in Local Results Revamp

They kind of bury the lede (in my opinion) in this article's headline:

The Growing Need to be Multilingual

Even though 55% of the Internet is written in English, only about

Google is Biased? Noooo Way!

So here we go again talking

Pigeon update undone?

A recent study posted to SearchEngineLand has come to the conclusion that Google has rolled back the Pigeon update.

Apple Watch and Local Search

Aside from the new Apple Watch cool features like the sports tracker, Siri, the heart rate monitor, and my favorite, Apple TV navigation, how much of an im

New York authorities fine 19 SEO companies after writing fake reviews

BBC reports that the New York local attorney general's office set up a fake yogurt shop in Brooklyn and sought companies to help promote it's online presence.

Local SEO for Non-profits

Chris Silversmith of Argent Media posted over at Web Marketing Today talking about how non-profit organiz

Hidden addresses showing on Google Maps

Mike Blumenthal posted about an issue that many people have been for

What to do if you have multiple business locations?

There's a great article by Miriam Ellis on creating and optimizing landing pages for local search if you have several locations.

How Voice Search May (Might) Influence Local Search

Alexis Gui talks about the Impact