Recent content by JoyHawkins

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    Trending [November 5, 2019 Local Algorithm Update] Unexplained big drops in GMB rankings

    You can rank based on name only. The top 3 here have no websites, reviews, or citations and they aren't even using the proper category. It's sad but this is why spam is so popular in the local results.
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    Google's New Announcement About Review Schema

    Ya no downside IMO. Go for it.
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    Trending [November 5, 2019 Local Algorithm Update] Unexplained big drops in GMB rankings

    Right, but we saw this before this update as well. Spam almost always ranks well in the immediate area if it has a keyword-stuffed fake name. It generally doesn't have too far of a reach due to the lack of prominence though.
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    Trending [November 5, 2019 Local Algorithm Update] Unexplained big drops in GMB rankings

    We are seeing the complete opposite. Onsite factors were the main thing we saw driving increases for this update.
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    Google's New Announcement About Review Schema

    *Most* got removed near the end of September.
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    Should you *delete* your GMB listing if you're a "national" business?

    Agencies are allowed to have listings if they do in-person contact with their customers. This is true for Sterling Sky and *likely* most Local SEO agencies. SAAS-type businesses likely wouldn't meet this qualification as often.
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    LocalU Advanced - Atlanta, GA March 25, 2019

    @MonicaH we're having a meeting next week to discuss the agenda so I'll be sure to mention this. I spoke on SABs at the last LocalU event :)
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    LocalU Advanced - Atlanta, GA March 25, 2019

    @hajnasiewicz the agenda will definitely be posted as soon as possible - we have to actually get commitments from speakers first :) This one will be a bit different than other LocalU Advance events because the entire day is strictly about Google My Business.
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    Referral for writers?

    Hey Dave, I'd suggest reaching out to @BenFisher at Steady Demand for this.
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    Branded Paid Search - Impacts Google My Business from showing

    Definitely not true. Ads don't impact where things appear in organic search.
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    Should you *delete* your GMB listing if you're a "national" business?

    I don't think I'll ever do it for Sterling Sky because I really like having our reviews.
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    Updated Service Areas - Zips vs. Counties

    I've had a few clients get automatically updated as well. I'd just go with whatever setting is easiest to manage (likely counties) since the service area hasn't ever really impacted ranking.
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    GMB Postcard Tracking?

    I haven't heard of this but I'd love to see a screenshot if you happen to come across it again.
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    How to Claim a Knowledge Panel

    Yep, I'll go ahead and do that now. :)
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    How to Claim a Knowledge Panel

    Hey @camarchi01 I have a section in my training on how to deal with non-local Knoweldge Panel issues here. If you don't subscribe to that yet, just let me know and I'll PM it to you.
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