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  1. HurricaneK8

    Whiteboard Friday: Can SEOs Stop Worrying About Keywords and Just Focus on Topics?

    This is a really great (IMO) Whiteboard Friday that I've been actually curious about for the last few months. The video goes into more detail, but in short we are evolving and Rand suggests to still target keywords, but put them in buckets and use them intelligently in titles, headlines...
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    SEO Trends 2016

    Haven't seen this posted yet, but here's a great collection of opinions on SEO Trend Predictions for 2016 by momentology! SEO Trends 2016: 44 Experts On The Future Of Organic Search Success This one by Martin Woods, SEO Consultant, SALT really resonated with me: I'm seeing a lot of companies...
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    FACEBOOK Ads Hack Warning: Check your ads accounts!

    Just wanted to give anyone who does Facebook ads for clients a heads-up. We had one of our accounts hacked into and ads run out of it, on our company credit-cards dime. The ads were to a spammy site, surprise surprise. I'm not sure if this is a new type of spam or not, it's the first time I've...
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    Yelp Documentary - Billion Dollar Bully

    Sorry if this has already been posted, it's from March 7th but I was just made aware of it today (it's trending on Reddit). <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l2dkJctUDIs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> This could be HUGE for businesses, even if Yelp...
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    "6 minutes slower"

    Are you early for something? Google Maps now gives you great ideas to pass the time... like driving in a circle! This made me laugh (Source: Thanks for the suggestion Google - Imgur)
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    Animated Cover Photos?

    Is the ability to have animated over photos new? I just noticed this when going to report this name: https://plus.google.com/103341710105135363685/?hl=en
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    GMB Spam Created by BOT via. Yellowpages

    Here's a dentist who's getting creative :) Scarborough Dentist - 2474 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON So they called up Yellowpages, had them create a listing titled "Scarborough Dentist" and then the bot created a listing. They now rank B in the map for "Dentist Scarborough Ontario" post-pigeon.
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    PDFs Out-ranking Website

    We have a chiropractor client who has written unique, well written articles and posted them on her website. To make it easier for clients to print these articles out, she's made them into PDFs. The problem now is that the PDFs outrank the pages that are on the website. The PDFs obviously don't...
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    It's now easier than ever to add your favorite places to the map!

    Did anyone else see this: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/map-maker/news-and-announcements/WPakjuFnD3Q Anyone try it yet?
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    2 "Official" Names: Which one is MORE official?

    I would like to get a few opinions on a sticky situation! We have a client who is a home inspector, and despite our best efforts we have not been able to get him very good placement in Google. We've tried all the on-page cookies that Google loves to munch on, and now we're moving to the...
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    "Distributed by Yellowpages" -- Google & Yellowpages Partnership

    Totally coincidental, but last week I asked if someone could explain what the maps listings that say "Distributed by Yellowpages" really means... I'd really like to know why Google is handing over listings to Yellowpages, and not letting businesses who have a GMB listing, optimized website, and...
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    Google Starts Giving A Ranking Boost To Secure HTTPS/SSL Sites

    Hot off the press: Google Starts Giving A Ranking Boost To Secure HTTPS/SSL Sites Here is the official websmaster blog article: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: HTTPS as a ranking signal
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    Court Rules Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete results!

    An interesting read: Hong Kong court rules tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete results | CTV News Is Google going to be held responsible for publishing misinformation? Hmmmm...
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    Maps Results only showing 1-7 in list

    Advanced apologies if this has already been brought up! When searching https://www.google.ca/maps/search/brick+repair+toronto from Toronto, and clicking on maps (see results in list view) I'm only seeing results 1-7 and then "Business listings distributed by YellowPages.ca Why are they only...
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    LINK FARM & EXACT MATCH ANCHOR TEXT: Google, Y U NO DO ANYTHING?!?

    This little (ok, BIG) piece of spam has been driving me NUTS! A client has 2 websites for real estate services, one we were working on and then another he created for a company to "prove" they could get better rankings. Obviously the duplicate website effected our rankings as well, and we're...
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    Dentist showing up twice when hovering over map... Duplicate?

    I've been trying to get this client to rank in the 7-pack for a while after a manual penalty removed 6 months ago. I noticed today when I hovered over the map, their name shows up twice. Could this be a sign of a hidden/merged duplicate? I'll be honest, I've never really hovered over the...
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    Competitor trying to defame clinic with fake reviews :(

    I hate when people have nothing better to do than to try to ruin good, hardworking peoples reputations because they can't seem to build themselves one of their own! </rant> Our client has been a victim of defamation by a competitor twice now. It happened over 6 months ago on Yelp, and we were...
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    "Google to Buy Satellite Service Skybox for $500 Million to Improve Maps"

    It looks like Google IS trying to improve Maps after all! According to this article they are acquiring Skybox to have more precise/up-to-date imagery. I hope the MapMaker team has access to this so we can get rid of "fake" businesses that set up shop and take over the Local maps!
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    G+ Local has a duplicate G+ Business, unverified, can't get access to delete

    I'm wondering if a G+ Business page, unverified, could be holding back a client from showing in the maps. Here is his current G+ Local page: https://plus.google.com/+LorneCooperRealtorNewmarket/about?hl=en Here is his side-business: https://plus.google.com/114547661975706993004/about He...
  20. HurricaneK8

    More Toronto condo spam! Help fight the forces of evil!

    I think Condo realtors have to be one of the spammyest group of characters out there. Try searching for "Toronto Condos for Sale" in the maps and you'll see what I mean. So far I'm at D and I've reported everyone on the list, with more to go. I need some help on this one because it's the end...
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