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    The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

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    We Just Turned 4 Years Old - Happy Birthday Community!


    The Local Search Forum is 4 already? My how time flies when you're doing what you love!

    We did our formal launch 4 years ago. In that short amount of time we've grown to 3,500 visits per day, a loyal membership of 3,000+ and more than 82,000 posts.

    Even though we are celebrating our 4th anniversary - remember - we have leading industry experts and Top Contributors sharing tips, tools, news and resources here every single day!


    Today I want to send out a special thank you,
    to YOU - for being part of this community!


    It's YOU, the members, that make this forum the dynamic resource it is. We sincerely appreciate every one of you for your willingness to share. This is a peer support forum. I can't help everyone. So your contributions are always greatly appreciated!

    There's no way we could have grown this fast and this strong without all of you. It's the collective knowledge in this forum that makes it the largest, most active community in the industry!

    I'd also like to extend heart-felt gratitude to my amazing team!

    We've grown from 2 to 15! And our team includes top industry leaders, experts and bloggers.
    I feel so proud and blessed to be working with all of you!

    OUR TEAM: Colan Nielsen, Scott Rawlins, Phil Rozek, Darren Shaw, Eric Rohrback, Joy Hawkins, James Watt, Casey Meraz, Priya Chandra, Michael Borgelt, Cody Baird, Dan Leibson, Christa Morgante, & Susan Staupe. And special thanks to our Forum Administrator: David Baxter who keeps everything running smoothly on the back end.

    I honestly could not do this without your help and sincerely appreciate you all!

    I'd also like to thank our sponsors: Yext, Grade.us and Advice Local. Sponsors allow us to continue bringing you the latest news, tips & support for free. We could not keep the lights on, without their financial contribution, so please support them!


    OK, so who brought the virtual birthday cake???

    Let's party!
    (And yes, to my craft beer loving TCs, you can have a virtual beer too!)


    P.S. Don't miss any important industry news. If you have not yet, subscribe to the RSS feed and/or daily forum digest. Here's how... STAY INFORMED - How to Subscribe & Search the Forum

    P.S.S. Also please remember - the more you give to this community, the more you will receive back in return. So when you visit to check replies, please take a moment to share industry news, a tip or answer a question to help another member out.


    This is YOUR community! And it's all of you that make this place ROCK!

    Thanks for all you do! We appreciate YOU!!!


    Please join me in thanking our team
    for their time and dedication to helping the community!


    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

    If you benefit from advice here... Please pay the community back by sharing on social OR helping someone else at the forum. Thank you!

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    I can't believe it has been 4 years already. Congrats Linda!

    Although, it kind of feels like the LSF has been around forever. It has become an extension of so many of our daily lives.

    Here's to many more success, and fun filled years.
    Colan Nielsen l GMB Top Contributor
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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    I agree with Colan. Time flies when you're having fun.

    Happy Birthday LSF!

    I truly am honored to be a small part of such a great community of people.
    Scott Rawlins - Find Local Company in Atlanta GA
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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    Congratulations! This forum is uniquely helpful and I visit at least once a day. Thank you!

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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    Thank you for everything you do Linda! And for everyone else. LSF is what got me into Local SEO in the first place, and what helped me get my first client squared away that was asking about it. In an industry with so much snake oil and hearsay, it's amazing to have such a welcoming, helpful community interested in ferreting out what works. My life would be very different now had I not found the community here, thanks everyone for being a part of it!

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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    Thank you Linda and everyone else for starting and keeping the community going. I just realized how much I take this for granted I can't imagine a resource as great as this not existing. It's great to be in a place where people are so willing and eager to share knowledge and help each other!
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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    What a team! You guys all make me so proud and are a pleasure to work with!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

    If you benefit from advice here... Please pay the community back by sharing on social OR helping someone else at the forum. Thank you!

    Don't Miss Important News & Tips! Subscribe to Daily Email Digest Here

    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    Here's the crazy thing - I honestly thought it was a lot longer than 4 years! The amount of value, discussions and reviews that have been performed through the forum I honestly thought it's been here a lot longer! It sure feels like I've been visiting for longer than 4 years

    Keep up the great work gang!
    Conor Treacy
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    Re: The Local Search Forum Turns 4 - Please join me in thanking our team

    I definitely need to bring more to this party, but big thanks to the Local Search Forum team and all the contributors for tackling tough questions and sharing great advice!

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