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    Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    I'm searching through a variety of different industries and taking a look through Google local results and I'm seeing a couple of changes - one that SEW brought up, and another that I haven't really noticed till now.

    The first change is that little green arrow next to the url (Google got rid of the preview pane, so the new way to see cached pages is to click the little green arrow). The second change is there is no longer a link to see other Places listings in the area underneath the 7 pack. Usually with the blended I saw a blue link to see more places listings... now that's gone. The only way to see more listings than just the initial 7 is by actually clicking into the "Places" tab.

    Is this new? Did I miss something?
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    re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Thanks Eric, that's new to me and I just noticed something else that I think is new, but remember I've kinda been out of the loop, due to Dad's issues.

    The other new thing I just noticed is pack listings changed.

    See: https://www.google.com/search?q=alph...ntist&ie=UTF-8

    It's a pack listing because link on top says: "pediatric dentist near Alpharetta, GA"

    Click the link. It used to take you to Place search. Now it takes you to Maps.
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Weird... well I guess I feel a little better knowing i'm not the only one seeing this crazy change, but this is kinda rough if a client isn't in the top 7 for local they won't be found. I mean how many people actually click on "maps" or "places" when searching for small businesses? It seems like Google made it a little tougher to find businesses outside of the top 7.

    Rough changes...
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Great point Eric. Now they need people like you guys even more or they will be pretty much hidden from the average consumer's view.

    Then again, maybe it's only a test?
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Yes, Google updated the way they display search results sometime yesterday it seems.

    Interesting that they have added a "share" button in the green arrow drop down menu next to each result...
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Colan I noticed that as well. Could that be a subtle nudge from the Google Gods that Google+ (well I suppose social media signals in general, but more so G+) is going to become a much stronger ranking factor?

    With so much talk about the importance of authorship and Google+ posts.... hmmm...
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Just got this email from BrightLocal so looks like this or some other change affected ranking reports.

    Update: Google changes affecting reports

    We want to update you on some issues we've had with reports today (Thurs 25th April)

    Late last night Google made an update to the way it displays search results. This is a subtle change and exists in the code rather than on what you see on your screen.

    However, this change means our tools were not able to correctly detect rankings in Google results. So results in reports from late last night & earlier today are incorrect, and some reports failed to run.

    We noticed this change first thing this morning and have been rapidly updating our tools to work with this Google change. We relaunched the Rank Checker at 10am EST and are now re-running all of today's scheduled rank checker reports. On Monday we plan to remove the incorrect reports from today, but they will show in your report history until then.

    We are now working on updates for CitationTracker & Google+ Local Wizard and plan to release fixes for these tools later today.
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    AHH HA! so, good catch here! My tools have been broken and I thought it was a fluke....
    Also, nice catch Colan on the Share button. Yet another social signal built right in. I had not noticed the changes until you pointed it out. I was just wondering why all of my tools were down.. very interesting.

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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Google UI changes are so subtle - it's easy to miss the changes.

    I once again nominate "Google Local Detective" as the new title for what we do.

    The other thing that's funny about Google - so many updates and changes go unannounced by the company. Other big companies can't wait to do PR on every single new feature. Often it seems Google leaves the public or marketers to find and tout the changes and word of mouth to spread the news. I guess when you are as big and visible as Google you don't need PR, everyone talks about you no matter what!
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    Re: Changes to Places Search & Google SERPs Display

    Nice catch, Eric!

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