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  1. Nikos

    Frustrated with New Google Hotel Finder Local Pack

    Hello everybody, So to jump straight on this Google is pretty aggressive on hotels when it comes to local search and GMB. The following article highlights some of the features that hotels are missing How Google Exploits the Hospitality Industry for Profit - Online Ownership What I noticed...
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    GMB Hotel Categories Selection

    Hi all, I would love to take your opinion for this. I consult a hotel which is both a hotel resort, a 3-star hotel and a holiday apartment. In fact, Booking.com list them as holiday apartment rentals, TripAdvisor as an apartment hotel, Expedia as 3-star hotel, Getaroom.com as a 4-star hotel...
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    How to report GMB listings which are SABs

    Hello all, I see more and more businesses without a physical address (SABs) appearing on the Maps as a normal business with a fake address. They conveniently choose a central-located pin on the map. Their address contains no further info e.g. they do not mention street name and street number...
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    Knowledge Panel Removed - Possible change in algo?

    Hello all, My agency lost its knowledge graph for exact match branded search terms. What actually happened is that we now show up only for "[agency] + city" or "[agency] + country". Therefore, we lost our knowledge panel for branded search terms (which we had for more than 6 years). I think...
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    Social Profiles Disappear from Knowledge Panel after Verification

    Hello All, This happened twice in 2017 and I'm curious if you witnessed the same "buggy" behavior from Google. In both cases, an unclaimed GMB profile was displaying social media links. After verification, social media profiles disappeared from knowledge graph. Even after placing accurate...
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    GMaps Edits now resolve slower or..?

    Hello friends, Back in July I posted that edits were getting approved faster. Well now I see the opposite trend and I would love to hear your comment. Does the same happening to you? I'm a level 5 local guide. Everytime I spot a keyword stuffed name in my city I suggest an edit. Therefore...
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    Appointment URLs in more business types

    Hello, Woke up this morning and GMB Info page has the option to include an Appointment URL for all listings I manage. It extends from marketing agencies, to real estate agencies and even law firms. Have you seen this too? What type of URL should we point when there is not a schedule page but...
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    Canonical disaster - How do you treat pagination? [Opinions]

    Hello Local experts, Let's switch to a little classic SEO for a bit. Came across a massive news site with many thousands of category pages in series. Developers have placed canonicals pointing to the starting page in series.. Of course Google did not respect the canonical (because they are...
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    GMaps Edits now resolve faster?

    Hello Local experts, I've noticed that a significant amount of suggested edits were accepted in the last 2 days. I'm talking about keyword-stuffed business names which were pending for months. It is either a coincidence or due to my local guide ranking or Google has finally decided to check...
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