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    Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Good day! With the upcoming release of the new Google maps there have been a ton of questions and speculation. I hope this video will help answer some of those. I would love to do a Google hangout and share my screen if there are any questions that remain unanswered. Enjoy!


    P.S. One thing that I did not mention in the video: After doing these searches on Google, my phone beeped with a little message saying that I was only 3 mins away from my favorite BBQ restaurant. Guess where I stopped for dinner! Awww Yeah!


    And a quick question: With the removal of the 10 listings on the side, what do you think the importance of reviews are now?
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    re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Awesome, Awesome Ryan. Thanks SO much for the walk-through.

    That's exactly what I've been wanting to see or show folks once I get my invite. The things that specifically affect us in the local search world. So that was really helpful!

    Thanks too for your offer to do a hangout. I may try to be there if you get a few to join, but I can't talk cuz have complete laryngitis.

    I have some other important observations I was going to make about the new maps in a when I wake up a little more. You showed a couple of things but I want to highlight more about how this will radically change local search as we know it and how it could affect all our rank tracking tools. I may start a new post or may add to this one, not sure.

    How did you get an invite so fast??? I didn't even sign up for one because Google told TCs they put us on a priority list. I think mine may come through today.

    Again, this was just perfect and thank you for sharing! Off to Tweet and share this on G+.
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    re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Quote Originally Posted by Optimize Prime View Post
    And a quick question: With the removal of the 10 listings on the side, what do you think the importance of reviews are now?
    I think just as important. I think the algo will still factor the same way.

    But as far as conversions I think reviews will even be more important due to the red stars that will draw more attention to them. And those review stars will still show up on the info card right on maps,
    on the G+ L page and in search results.
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    re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Honestly, not quite sure why I got the invite sooo fast. I tell you the excitement when you get the email is pretty high. Maybe not as high as the invite to the Top Contributor summit though. Not this year .

    Hope you feel better and I will get a hangout scheduled soon!
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    re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Ya I'm not going to the Top Contributor Summit this year as much as I'd like to. Had to miss the last one too. Just can't travel any more with my bad back.
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    Re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    That's a great run through Ryan. I got my invite this morning but have been having trouble with a bug in Chrome and it wouldn't let me access the maps preview

    Would be interested in your and Linda's thoughts, but have images and reviews just become a whole lot more important for click throughs?
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    Re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Yep Nick I agree - believe they are both going to be much more important.

    HEY Ryan and all - Due to all the questions and new discussions there will be now around Google Maps,
    just created a brand new sub-forum and moved this post there.

    See all Google Maps discussions here.
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    Re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Optimize Prime,

    I'm new to the forum but not new to Google Maps, Places, Local or whatever you want to call it. Have been doing it since 2007.

    Very interested in your hangout and also thanks for that!
    Like to talk to like minded people

    Count me in!

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    Re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Hey Sean - Welcome to our world and thanks so much for joining!
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    Re: Video Walkthrough of New Google Maps - Impact on Local SEO

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Hey Sean - Welcome to our world and thanks so much for joining!
    Thanks Linda, but thank YOU! I LOVE what you made here and I hope all see what is being offered here for free. I will also try to help wherever I can. Been doing SEO for 14 years so think I can help with the organic part too

    Glad to be here!

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