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Search Engine Listing Mail Verifications

When verifying listings on the three major search engines, often we are required to verify the data by mail.  I find it helpful to show customers what the piece of mail coming to them will look like.  It is very easy for business owners to forget that the verification card is coming or to mistake…

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Citation Verification Methods

One of the most important factors in ranking well with local SEO is having quality citations.  I am documenting the methods used by some common valuable listings and citations.  While some verification must be done by mail, completed them is very straightforward.  Simply wait 1-2 weeks for the mail to arrive and enter the code…

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Google Places for Business Has New Look

Google Places for business – a free local platform from Google, has now been updated as they move their local search further into the Google+ family.  Essentially the evolution of Google+ Local has taken another important step forward.  I suspect that this is a part of what will eventually bring the Google Places dashboard into…

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Dealing with Negative Reviews on Google

Reviews are a double edged sword and negative reviews can be a real problem for business owners when they inevitable occur.  One of the most basic steps to take in order deal with negative reviews is to respond in a professional manner, logged in as the owner.  In the event of false and/or inappropriate review…

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Google+ Local Unveils a New Look and Much Bigger Cover

Today Google released a new version of the Google+ Local page that have rearranged many features and expanded the cover image from 940 x 180 to a whopping 2120 x 1192.  The new cover will resize based on the monitor viewing the page. The profile picture, that had previously been a square shape, is now…

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Google+ Local Adds New Features!

This week the Google+ Local pages took one giant leap for local businesses.  A new “Edit business information” button allows users to add more than five Categories, although custom categories are not an option at this time.  Hours of operation for your business can also be added as well as a short description for your…

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Hotmail Increased Their Daily Account Limit

MSN Hotmail, the free email service from Microsoft, has increased their daily account limit from 3 per day per IP address to at least 6.  This is helpful news when creating multiple accounts for people on a regular basis!

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Twitter Adds a Header to Create a New Look

Twitter recently upgraded their look by adding header images to the design.  The recommended dimensions are 1200×600, but I like to keep it simple with 700 x 350 pixels.  Since the bio description is in white lettering, it makes good sense to have the image somewhat dark.  I like using the same image from Facebook…

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