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    How to find a direct link to leave a Google Review for your business

    What do you mean by "back office"? I'm not seeing that for GMB on either desktop or mobile. Actually, I do see it for two sites with Google short links and zero reviews so far, but several other sites, with or without the short links, do not display the "Ask for Reviews" button. In fact, no...
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    GMB Short Name Option Not Availble. Direct Link?

    @Steven12 that doesn't always work. See my post here for when it doesn't: https://www.localsearchforum.com/threads/how-to-find-a-direct-link-to-leave-a-google-review-for-your-business.54662/
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    Speed Plugin for WordPress sites

    My personal list of plugins for improving load speed: reSmush.it Image Optimizer – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org WP Super Cache – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org Either WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache. – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org OR Autoptimize – WordPress plugin |...
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    GMB Short Name Option Not Availble. Direct Link?

    I have also seen two examples of this, both small business owners with a lot of good reviews, and perhaps coincidentally both in the auto repair business. It may be that it's still in the process of being rolled out to different categories? I don't know. To get a direct link, see...
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    How to find a direct link to leave a Google Review for your business

    To get a direct link, you first need to determine the placeid for the business. Go to Place IDs | Places API | Google Developers Enter the name of the business and you'll get a dropdown to confirm the location (or I think you can use the address as well). Press enter and you'll get a...
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    Google short names: Still broken and the plot thickens

    Google Says Shortnames Suspension Bug Should Be Fixed In A Couple Days by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable July 25, 2019 Read more...
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    Which link to use for company Google profile and reviews?

    Apologies. I fixed this issue yesterday.
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    Google's John Mueller: Know what you're writing about or get an expert

    Google Suggests YMYL Sites Should Have An Expert To Write The Content by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable July 24, 2019 Read more...
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    Google My Business "Get a Quote" Button

    I see it on both mobile and desktop. I just checked my own listing (SAB) and there's one for that too, although it's connected to my Gmail account rather than my business email. (Incidentally, while I was there, I noticed a couple of bits of information they were requesting that weren't there...
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    Hours of Operation on different browsers

    Hmmm... I just updated to iOS last night. I wonder if that made a difference?
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    Hours of Operation on different browsers

    Thanks, @travelincat. I just tried though on my iPhone 8+ and there it defaults to Apple Maps. On that same device, using Firefox I get Google Maps but that's because I have explicitly set Firefox to use Google Search and Google Maps. I don't know of a way to do that for Safari. So I guess the...
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    Hours of Operation on different browsers

    I'm pretty sure that Safari uses Apple Maps by default, unless that's changed recently. Can anyone with a Mac test that?
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    Issues With Getting a Review From Ex Employee Removed on Google

    Respond to it and point out that this is a disgruntled ex-employee?
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    Input for a new article on Page Speed and Mobile Page Speed

    You can PM the link to your website (click on the little envelope icon at the right hand side of your member name in the top navigation bar) and I'll take a quick look. Alternatively, you can check your site's performance at one or more (more is better) of these...
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    Did the June 2019 update bury quack medical sites?

    Agreed. He pushes quack science. Dr. Oz is a real MD too. He also pushes quack science.
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    Suspension not lifted

    It was an programmatic error. Google wasn't intentionally or manually targeting valid sites.
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    The Truth About Domain Authority

    The Truth About Domain Authority: What Every SEO Needs to Understand by Julie Joyce, SearchEngineJournal.com July 18, 2019 Read more...
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    Forum software upgraded July 18, 2019

    The forum has been upgraded to the latest version of Xenforo. This is primarily a bug-fix release rather than new features. As always, please post anything you see that seems to be unusual here.
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    Facebook Page Merging advice

    Seems to you're going to need to get Facebook support to intervene here.
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    Facebook Page Merging advice

    @msialer, to clarify, are you talking about trying to set up a Facebook pager?
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    Is having "inc" at the end of the brand an issue?

    Does anyone ever search for {company} inc? I wouldn't think so.
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    Shortnames causing suspensions: could it be because of Google's proposed shortname?

    Google says shortnames bug resolved, local listings restored Search Engine Land July 15, 2019 Read more...
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    Issue with Google Reviews Disappearing

    Google shortnames and the case of the disappearing reviews by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land July 12, 2019 Read more...
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    Did the June 2019 update bury quack medical sites?

    Google Broad Core Updates And Why Some Health Sites Affected by Roger Montti, Search Engine Journal July 11, 2019 Read more...
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    Google claims progress on fake business listings on Maps

    "With increased power comes increased responsibility..."
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    Age of domain name or content irrelevant to Google ranking

    Old Domains Don't Benefit You In Google Nor Do New Domains by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable July 8, 2019 Read more...
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    Suspension - First one in a long time

    Their attitude does seem to be quite cavalier sometimes. Is "Don't be evil" still their motto?
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    Did the June 2019 update bury quack medical sites?

    See also https://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-updates-news-feed-algorithm-to-reduce-sensational-health-claims/315019/ and https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/02/facebook-news-feed-changes-downrank-misleading-health-info-and-dangerous-cures/
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    Would you change the name of a listing that is not optimized?

    It's the Canada Day long weekend here, @vinchenson (July 1). The US will also be celebrating Independence Day on July 4. A lot of our Local SEO Experts will be away and offices will be c,losed for those two holidays.
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