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    Major change (for the better) in Local Rankings in the past 24 hours...

    Have any of you guys noticed a change in the Map Ranking results over the past 24 hours? Almost 90% of our clients took a MAJOR jump in their rankings on the Google Map. Clients that we have been puzzled by for months (should be ranked - have more reviews, more citations & better content but were not) suddenly hold spot A or B spots positions. Clients that we just outside their main city...but were the big players in their market now hold strong rankings in the main market (E.G. Our client in North Little Rock who could never rank for Little Rock Plumber now holds spot A or client in Gardendale would never rank for Birmingham Plumber now holds Spot A for Birmingham Plumber).


    Let me know if you guys are seeing similar on your end...
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    Crazy stuff guys... I posted this on the HubShout forum (company I work for) to see what some of my clients are seeing. Hopefully I'll start getting more input from what others are seeing, so we can get a larger sample size of queries that got effected by this.

    I saw major changes in dentist results (multiple areas of the country), as well as Realtors (like it was mentioned before). It's going to be a rough conversation with real estate clients to tell them... "oh hey, guess what? Yeah... Google took away your local listing from the search results. Sorry..."

    This is what i'm expecting their reaction to be = ........
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    I don't know about the rest of you.

    This morning I'm seeing the following

    Ads followed by Map Pack then the Organic listings.

    Which on my screen means a #1 Organic ranking is not showing above the fold.

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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    Can someone check Service Area Business results vs Brick and Mortar businesses? That might be interesting to examine
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    Re: Major change (for the better) in Local Rankings in the past 24 hours...

    Quote Originally Posted by cliclocal View Post
    Have any of you guys noticed a change in the Map Ranking results over the past 24 hours? Almost 90% of our clients took a MAJOR jump in their rankings on the Google Map...
    Hi Cliclocal, we already have a big thread going about the algo change.

    Merging your post into the main thread so we don't have a split convo and have people see part of the news in one post and miss the other.

    Thanks for sharing your results and glad you are seeing good changes.
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    Just got a great tip via Joy Hawkins.

    If you want to compare new SERPs with the old results - Canada has not changed yet.

    So check these links and you'll see the difference.

    NEW CURRENT RESULTS
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Los+...njury+Attorney

    VS. OLD RESULTS (Using Google.ca)
    https://www.google.ca/search?num=100...torney

    I can confirm that is exactly the old result cuz I track screenshots of that one.

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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    HEY ALL, just woke up over here in SoCal so am getting ready to do some more checking around.

    I know last night right before I hit the hay at midnight, Mike posted so here is his post:

    Google Updates Local Algo with More Web Based Signals Turmoil in SERPS | Understanding Google Places & Local Search

    Have not had time to read all the comments yet, going to try to make the rounds now.
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    It's been very positive on our end. It seems like the areas have expanded as we have entered the pack in 4 outside towns and have remained in the top spot for our city. Lots of shuffling. Most of it makes sense and places the real businesses up front. There are a few instances where duplicates are showing within the same 7 pack though.
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    I have seen a huge shift in local results that used to return 7 packs now returning 3 packs. Anyone else seeing this? I'm curious if it's isolated to the verticals I am looking at or is more or less across the board.
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    re: Major Google Local Algo Update - Google "Pigeon" Update Shakes it Up!

    Thanks for sharing Dan!

    I posted 2 examples up in post #15.

    Chesapeake dentist used to always be a 7 pack. Now it's a 3 pack.

    Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist dropped from being a 7 pack to a 3 pack.

    But I've not had time to check more.
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