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  1. BenFisher

    Is there a business or service provider that fights GMB spam?

    We provide spam hunting/reporting as a standalone service.
  2. BenFisher

    1st Generation SEO

    Someone doing SEO since the mid 90's :)
  3. BenFisher

    Moz/Uberall Partnership

    They will also wipe out attributes. So silly that they do not sync from GMB on setup to Moz, that would solve all this as an issue and leave service areas alone since they are not supported. Which brings to mind a question, will Moz wipe out services? Q&A? Shortnames? @MiriamEllis thoughts?
  4. BenFisher

    Moz/Uberall Partnership

    Confirmed this today too, oh well, time to look for an alternative.
  5. BenFisher

    In need of advice - Spam listing keeps reappearing

    could be your submission format, feel free to PM it to me.
  6. BenFisher

    In need of advice - Spam listing keeps reappearing

    Submit it here: Business Redressal Complaint Form - Google My Business Help
  7. BenFisher

    "Claim this knowledge panel?" Sorry if repost

    Nope that is a webmaster search thing for a KP of a brand. If you get a Wikipedia page you get that as well.
  8. BenFisher

    LocalU Advanced - Denver, CO - Sept 19, 2019

    I am on board too! (Now to book flights and hotel)
  9. BenFisher

    Linking from Citations w/ CID's

    Oh heh Googly jargon, you will hear that more when you become Gold Craig, a surface is just a unique interface. Android Maps Surface, Desktop Search Surface etc..
  10. BenFisher

    Service Area Business Suspended

    @j_holtslander right now the best chance of reinstatement is to use the form, but make sure you submit all of your proof in the request. They are still backed up but it is getting better.
  11. BenFisher

    Does my GMB short name have to match the business name for my listing to be optimised?

    That happens when someone claimed the name and then chose another one, they get "reserved: for a long period of unspecified time.
  12. BenFisher

    Would you change the name of a listing that is not optimized?

    I will only say this, I do spam reporting for my clients on a daily basis, this helps them rank better when I report profiles doing exactly what you are talking about doing. A few months ago, you could have done it no harm, no foul. Now, you do it and get reported or caught by the algo and you...
  13. BenFisher

    Does my GMB short name have to match the business name for my listing to be optimised?

    How I handle this is quite simple. Think about short and easy to recall, like a domain name. For multi-location businesses, I use Practice+City or Practice+State For a single entity, what would you be comfortable putting on a business card? The last thing to note is while they may not have...
  14. BenFisher

    Linking from Citations w/ CID's

    Yep, I agree with Darren. Also... the CID link is a 301 redirect to a maps surface, so most link equity would be lost if you follow the train of thought on 301's and link juice. imho, I think linking to the CID or the map link is a worthwhile experiment and one I think could show results.
  15. BenFisher

    Spam Help/Advice Needed

    Actually, you need to submit it via this form, what you were doing was suggesting an edit to a public profile. The photo you submitted is tied to your personal profile and it appears in this case could have been added to the listing. ' Either way do not submit to Twitter, they will point you to...
  16. BenFisher

    Will welcome offers be made available in the agency dashboard?

    I would not expect it there very soon. Eventually, maybe.
  17. BenFisher

    GMB Shortname - naming conventions

    Steven, I respect your opinion, and testing will show everything. However, I chose that as a shortname for branding purposes and well because it was short. We know they are 301 redirects, however, A. We were told this B. Check it yourself at Redirect Check (Headers come back as 301) I do not...
  18. BenFisher

    GMB Shortname - naming conventions

    ShortNames do not help from a SEO perspective, that is not the intention for them. They are treated like 301 redirects in Google's eyes. I went with catchy myself, however, for clients I recommend they stay on brand, or go with something they would be comfortable having on a...
  19. BenFisher

    Duplicate content penalty for using the same GMB posts?

    There may not be a stated penalty, and I am pretty sure there have not been any scientific tests, however, in my talks with Googlers, they have stated that fresh content is preferred.
  20. BenFisher

    Moz/Uberall Partnership

    @MiriamEllis I have a question regarding syncing. If I make a change in Moz Local , I do NOT want that to sync to GMB, previously I could block that, is that possible now and if so how? Also you used to be able to add older addresses as alternates to cleanup, how is this handled now?