Recent content by Tim Colling

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    Google My Business Suspensions Are Causing Reviews to Vanish

    I use this Chrome extension every day, for the purpose of getting the company cid code GatherUp Google Review Link Generator
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    Please Welcome our New Sponsor - BrightLocal

    Wonderful! BrightLocal is one of my everyday go-to tools for rank tracking and spam fighting.
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    Google Set To Monetize Google My Business?

    I suppose you are correct, @JoyHawkins
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    SEMRush, Moz don't show backlinks

    @Larry Linson can you provide an example? E.g., a website and a link to it that ahrefs does not find?
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    Google Set To Monetize Google My Business?

    I'm not surprised by this. I'm not happy, but I'm not surprised, either.
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    Redressal form ID 2-4776000025852 - no action after 24 days

    I reported a business that was permanently closed. The owner acknowledges that it was closed. I submitted a redressal form asking for it to be removed on April 2 and it was assigned this ID: 2-4776000025852. So far, nothing has changed on the GMB listing. Is there a way to escalate or appeal...
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    GMB Ranking Collapsed - Superior Site Booted From Pick 3

    While I like and use LocalFalcon , there is also a useful, albeit less comprehensive, free tool here: View search rankings from any location - BrightLocal
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    Google My Business Suspensions Are Causing Reviews to Vanish

    Considering the often life-or-death impact these things can have on small businesses, Google sure seems to take a cavalier approach to what it does sometimes. Perhaps not on purpose, really, but just plain negligent and unconcerned for the harm that their negligence can cause.
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    Create a short name & URL for your business

    Is anyone seeing this option in their clients' GMB listings yet? We have not seen it in any of the ones for our clients. I know that it's not yet clear whether this short name attribute will have any SEO benefit. Nonetheless, it's frustrating to not have access to this while it is slowly...
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    GMB category named "POI Establishment" - what is that?

    Upon review this morning, I can report that this "POI Establishment" category has been added to almost every one of the GMB locations in my Agency Dashboard (that's the only dashboard that I use so it may or may not be a factor). While I removed the first instance that I saw yesterday and...
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    GMB category named "POI Establishment" - what is that?

    GMB told me today that one of my clients' GMB listings had a "pending change" in which it was adding a category called "POI Establishment" to the listing. Does anyone know what that category means? I declined the change because I don't know what it means. The client is a home health care and...
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    GMB Ranking Collapsed - Superior Site Booted From Pick 3

    Hi Pete - I can sure understand your frustration with this situation. One thing to consider would be the difference between your backlink profiles. Your site has more "dofollow" links than AtoZ, but AtoZ has far more dofollow referring domains, according to ahrefs.
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    Have specific examples of penalties for using Regus centers as "additional offices"?

    Report them, using the redressal form at: Business Redressal Complaint Form - Google My Business Help
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    Hospice "Medical Director" duplicate listings with practitioners

    Thanks, Joy. Not good news, but I appreciate your help.
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    Hospice "Medical Director" duplicate listings with practitioners

    Thank you, @JoyHawkins . In this case, no, the GMB listing shows no hours. Also, it's just plain spammy that it begins with the name of the hospice, not the physician. At least, that's my opinion (and everyone is entitled to my opinion, right? :D )
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    Hospice "Medical Director" duplicate listings with practitioners

    I have a hospice agency client who has a competitor that lists their own entity on GMB and that also has a fair number of fake duplicate listing with the names of their so-called medical directors. These medical directors are physicians who are on a monthly retainer to the hospice agency and who...
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    Google Reviews Monitoring

    Yes, I like that one but I don't use it right now.
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    Google Reviews Monitoring

    To be fair, I don't know anything at all about how their (1) their features, or (2) their support are since I fired Grade.us and switched to GatherUp in May 2018. What I can say is that at that time, a year ago, support at Grade.us was bad (as mentioned above) and the features were, well, not...
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    Google Reviews Monitoring

    I do not recommend Grade.us I used to use them but I found that their support became unreliable and unresponsive. For a period of an entire week, they did not respond to requests for support. GatherUp is easier to use, more useful in many ways, and their support is superb.
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    New Dynamic BBB Logo

    I don't like that either, @JoyHawkins . Can you edit the embed code in some way to make it load in a separate browser tab?
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    Local Search Events

    I believe that there are at least a few that take place in San Diego, which is nearby to where I live, so I may think primarily of those.
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    Possible conflict of building duplicate citations

    One problem to be aware of is when a Google person gets involved, they can sometimes be "hyper-dog vigilant" about similarly-named SABs in the same location. I have someone who has three distinctly different companies (different corporations) involved in different industries but all branded with...
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    Local Search Events

    Not only are the conference registration fees very expensive, but also the expense of travelling to them and hotel and meal costs have to be figured in as well. Oof! 🙁
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    The Google Backlash: Ahrefs to start new search engine

    Answer engine vs search engine?
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    Unfair threat to bad review

    @elle150 Is there any update on this situation? Did they leave you a negative review?
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    Grammarly Adds Junk Code to WordPress Posts and Pages

    Ugh. Really? That's very bad, in my book. 🐍 I use a LOT of chrome extensions. I have been concerned about whether any of them are doing the same thing.
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    Grammarly Adds Junk Code to WordPress Posts and Pages

    Yuck. Thanks for the heads up, @djbaxter !
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    Google Reviews Monitoring

    I agree with recommending GatherUp. I don't have clients with 200+ locations (I wish!) but GatherUp is certainly my review tool of choice these days.
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    "Any recent edits you've made to a business will be seen on this page soon."

    For what it's worth, I have not seen that message, lately.
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    Local Search Events

    I've been to LocalU in Santa Monica for each of the past two years and it was terrific. I suppose I should get out more. Maybe I'll try one more this year. If I could choose only one more, which should it be? @JoyHawkins ? @Colan Nielsen ? Thoughts?
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    The Google Backlash: Ahrefs to start new search engine

    I know. It's kind of like back in the early 2000s when people kept trying to compete with eBay for collectibles auctions. If one place like eBay or Google has a bazillion times more of what you're looking for than anyone else, why would you waste time looking anywhere else. (Unless they're an...
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    Google is not showing aggregate rating on SERP

    Hmm. That's a new review mongering tool, at least to me. Interesting. They hide their pricing, though, which I never like to see.
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    The Google Backlash: Ahrefs to start new search engine

    Amen to that, @JoshuaMackens
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