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  1. Linda Buquet

    New Ownership: Joy Hawkins' Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

    Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Local Search Forum I’m pleased to announce that Joy Hawkins’ company Sterling Sky, Inc. has acquired the Local Search Forum. Joy does not need much of an introduction, I think everyone in the industry is aware of her many...
  2. Linda Buquet

    Super Exciting Forum News

    BIG News, Exciting News Can you guess what it is? I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! WHY, you ask? Well, I can't tell you yet! Haha :p However, all will be revealed next week... What's up? Any guesses?
  3. Linda Buquet

    GMB Keyword Stuffing Penalties: Case Study by Sterling Sky

    Here is a great and in-depth case study on one of our favorite pet peeves. ;) From Sterling Sky. Colan writes: Head over to check it out, then come back to discuss. Does your experience line up with these findings? What's the worst or funniest KW stuffed name you've seen?
  4. Linda Buquet

    Breaking: Linda gets Suspended by Google

    Guess what I did over the weekend??? Well I imagine the title & gif kinda gave it away... I got busted by Google - Yep, I got suspended! I think all consultants should get their own listing suspended early on in their career early on, so they know what it feels like! :p What did I do to...
  5. Linda Buquet

    Get Better Content from your Local Clients by Giving them these 4 Suggestions

    Get Better Content from your Local Clients by Giving them these 4 Suggestions Here is another guest post by local search freelance writer Carmen Rane Hudson Trying to help your clients compete with top-notch content? Helping your clients get better content on their website isn’t just about...
  6. Linda Buquet

    MUST Read! The Changing Local SEO Services Market via @mblumenthal @davidmihm

    Wanted to be sure to share this very important post from Mike Blumenthal and David Mihm, over at StreetFight. If you are a local search consultant or agency, you really need to read this. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MUST Read for Local Search...
  7. Linda Buquet

    New GMB update shows "Views over past 28 days" on Dashboard home page

    I want to start sharing more of the great content is shared at our Local Search Pros G+ Community. Here's a new GMB update (or test) from Andy Simpson. <tbody> </tbody> <tbody> Andy Simpson: New GMB update showing "Views over past 28 days" on the home GMB Dashboard View post </tbody>...
  8. Linda Buquet

    Review Warning for Service Area Businesses - via @philrozek

    Google sure likes to make things hard for Service Area Businesses for some reason. Phil wrote about another type of Google moderation slap that seems to single out SABs, so I wanted to be sure to share. The problem comes up if you are an SAB (with address hidden - according to guildelines)...
  9. Linda Buquet

    Watch @GregGifford's awesome, witty, entertaining Local SEO presesentation

    Have not watched yet but ANYTHING Greg puts out is worth a ticket to the movies. :p <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Listen & learn from <a href="">@GregGifford</a>'s awesome, witty, amazing, entertain...
  10. Linda Buquet

    New from Google: How Long Have you Been in Business? New in GMB Dashboard

    NEW GMB FEATURE: This is pretty new! Google asks you to share how long you've been in business in the GMB dashboard. <tbody> </tbody> <tbody> Tim Colling shared a post with Local Search Pros New GMB Question "When did your business first open?" This is the first time I remember seeing...
  11. Linda Buquet

    Video: How to Segment Visitors by Location with Google Analytics

    Eric Shanfelt from Local Marketing Institute created a short, very concise and helpful video that will show you how to set up segments in Google Analytics so that you can track & view visitors coming from a specific local area only, such as the area your business serves. <iframe...
  12. Linda Buquet

    How Local SEO Fits In With What You're Already Doing by @Miriam_Ellis_ @moz

    Miriam Ellis at Moz penned another great Local Search post today, I wanted to share it here... <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How Local SEO Fits In With What You're Already Doing - A separate island it's not! Take a ride in Miriam's kayak and see...
  13. Linda Buquet

    MUST read! 30+ Internal Resources Every Local SEO-er Should Have - Phil Rozek

    This is not your average Local SEO tool post at all. So much more! And I believe it's one of those MUST reads for consultants! From Phil Rozek... <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">30+ Internal Resources Every Serious Local SEO-er Should Have or Develop | A...
  14. Linda Buquet

    Local Marketing Predictions for 2018 from @davidmihm at Tidings

    It's that time! Time for Local Marketing Predictions for the New Year! Here are some great predictions from David Mihm of Tidings that I too think will come to pass in the new year. <iframe id="twitter-widget-0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"...
  15. Linda Buquet

    Emulate Location to Street Level to Check Google Local Rankings - Chrome Extension

    Hi guys, wanted to share a new post from our G+ Local Search Pros group. <tbody> Andy Simpson: Fake Location on Desktop This isn't new but some of you may not be aware of this simple Chrome extension for faking your location within Chrome .i.e. tricking Google. Yes, I know there are some...
  16. Linda Buquet

    Google Local Service Ads Expanding + Great insights from @mblumenthal & @davidmih

    2 really good posts about the new Google Local Service Ads (previously HSA Home Service Ads) caught my attention today. So wanted to share to be sure everyone is keeping up with the latest developments. ICYMI Google rebranded from HSA to Google Local Service Ads which makes total sense...
  17. Linda Buquet

    NEW! Local SEO Ranking Factors Study 2017, Have you studied it? By @localseoguide

    Wanted to be sure that no one here missed the new Local SEO Ranking Factors Study by Local SEO Guide. It features a ton of important data everyone needs to digest. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Digest this! Local SEO Ranking Factors Study 2017 is out...
  18. Linda Buquet

    NEW - Find Top Ranking KeyWords for Any Site from Moz

    Wanted to be sure you guys saw the news. This is a cool new feature/option from Moz. Analyzed the forum. Had no idea how many #1 rankings we had for keyword phrases related to "suite in address" and how many are searching those queries. And how many #2 for large name brands like YellowBot...
  19. Linda Buquet

    The New Local Ecosystem: An Interview With Darren Shaw at Streetfight

    For anyone that wants a deeper understanding of the 2017 Local Ecosystem... OR is curious how this monster data machine has grown and developed... Here is a great interview with Darren Shaw from WhiteSpark that shows the different designs over time and explains how it has evolved. <blockquote...
  20. Linda Buquet

    Cant Login to GMB Today? Getting 404? You are not alone. Just reported to Google.

    Cant Login to GMB Today? You are not alone! Lots of people are having the issue. I was waiting to report until I saw it was widespread and not just a one-off glitch, since I can login just fine. Barry's Blog: Local...