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  1. Mike Wilton

    Managing Multiple Locations in the Same City from a Keyword/On Page SEO Perspective

    Looking for some feedback on best practices/recommendations on something new I am facing with a potential client. The business has a number of locations throughout the midwest, but in many instances they have multiple locations within the same city. In situations like this, what would you all...
  2. Mike Wilton

    How to Effectively Name a Biz Corporate Headquarters vs Branch

    So I have a client who has a number of branches across the state, but they also have various corporate offices throughout the state as well. In some instances there are both a branch and a corporate office in the same city. The problem they are having is that since the name of the company is...
  3. Mike Wilton

    What's Your Approach to Local Listing & Citation Building Workflow?

    So I came across this upcoming webinar this morning from UBL, Local Business Listing Data Flow and Fixing Incorrect Listings ? Local Search Insider, and it got me thinking a lot about workflow and how people go about establishing or fixing a local search presence. So I figured I'd start up a...
  4. Mike Wilton

    Additional Details: Have You Ever Seen Anything Like This? Is there a benefit?

    Dove into a new client listing and came across the below. I have never seen someone format a listing like this. Would there be any real benefit to having all this, and do you think having something like this could have a negative impact?
  5. Mike Wilton

    The information provided isn't eligible for verification...

    I'm working with a client who has been trying to verify their listing for sometime now, sadly their branch either loses or never receives the post card. We went in today to request the PIN again and are now getting a message that says, "The information provided isn't eligible for verification...
  6. Mike Wilton

    Google+ Local Conversion Generating "We currently do not support the location." Error

    Google+ Local Conversion Generating "We currently do not support the location." Error Just an FYI in case anyone else is experiencing this: I am working with a client who verified their local listing in the old Google Places dashboard earlier this month. After being live for a short time we...
  7. Mike Wilton

    Examples of Corporate Sites with a Strong Local Branch Element Built In

    Does anyone know of any examples of large companies that have branch offices that have done a decent job integrating local branch pages and content into their site to help build a local presence? Or, if not, does anyone have any examples/recommendations of other ways to go about building a...
  8. Mike Wilton

    Timeline for Images to Appear In Listings

    I know from experience that Google was having an issue with images taking upwards of a month or more to appear in local listings when they were added around 6 months to a year ago. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I haven't had to deal with that problem since. That said, I recently helped a...
  9. Mike Wilton

    Best Practices for Local Branches of a Much Larger Business

    I recently changed roles and am no longer working with indvidual doctors and small businesses and now face much larger local troubles in the form of larger corporations with locations across the nation. With that said I am wondering what best practices are for larger companies when it comes to...
  10. Mike Wilton

    What's More Important, the Local SEO or the Organic

    So I wanted to stop by and start a dialogue following a conversation I had today with the manager who is taking over my role at the company I am leaving. We were discussing the limited resources available for SEO and where resources should be spent most. During the conversation the amount of...
  11. Mike Wilton

    The Real Deal With Yelp Reviews and the Filter

    Yelp's review filter...we all loathe it, but I'm curious to know what everyone's experience is with getting reviews out of the filter. A lot of our clients get pitched daily about companies that can allegedly help them remove their filtered four and five star reviews from Yelp's filter, but...
  12. Mike Wilton

    Experience with Thumbtack Leads

    I've noticed an uptick in the number of leads some of our doctors are getting from Thumbtack.com, a site we use regularly as a citation source. However, the cost to submit a quote for the procedure is $5.99. Have any of you followed up with leads through Thumbtack, and what was your experience...
  13. Mike Wilton

    Google+ Local Now Forcing G+ Business Merges?

    We were early adopters of Google+ for our clients creating Pages for them as soon as they were available. That said, we have stayed away from the merger because of the number of issues we experienced when we merged our company listing and from the overall consensus from the local search...
  14. Mike Wilton

    What's On Your SEO Friendly CMS Wishlist?

    While most of us are probably comfortable and familiar using the various CMS's out there like Wordpress I'm currently consulting with a company that has developed a new CMS that is aimed at the local business market and I was curious to know what SEO features you always look for in a CMS. We...
  15. Mike Wilton

    Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM LINDA: See critical Map Maker changes re suite formatting added by Andrew in post #20 below. We all know that NAP consistency is key when it comes to local citations. However, we've noticed that many sites force you to use a certain format for suite numbers for a...
  16. Mike Wilton

    Avvo Becomes HealthTap for Doctors - Your Thoughts?

    I'm not sure how many folks deal with the medical community here on the forums, but I thought I would start a discussion anyway, just in case. I've always used Avvo as a citation source for doctors and lawyers that I work with, however recently Avvo dropped medical support and is now solely for...
  17. Mike Wilton

    Call Tracking Numbers: Did This Guy Just Tell Businesses to Commit Local Suicide?

    So I was spending some time trying to get caught up in Google Reader and came across this post from CrazyEgg: Local SEO Tools | Tools for Local Search Reviewed | The Daily Egg Normally they post some great stuff about usability and conversion optimization, so when it touched on local I was...
  18. Mike Wilton

    Differentiating Blended Local Results and Pack Results

    Since the Venice update and even before that Google has obviously been doing A LOT with local results and how they display the local pack versus the blended local results. What is the clear identifier now in regards to what is a true local pack result and what a blended result? I see a lot of...
  19. Mike Wilton

    Whitespark Distance from Centroid Tool

    I stumbled across this the other day by chance and wanted to share it with the community. Darren said they haven't really promoted it yet because they have been working out a few bugs, but it sounds like a pretty promising little tool. If you want to get some insight in terms of how far a...
  20. Mike Wilton

    Tips from David Mihm's Presentation at SearchLove 2012

    I was browsing some articles this afternoon and was reading Wordtrackers 194 Tips and Tactics from SearchLove 2012. The post covers the full spectrum of internet marketing, but I was impressed by the rather extensive list of tips from the local side of things. Below are some of my favorites...
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