Monthly Archives: April 2011

Google Tags Discontinued

During the last couple of weeks there were many news around the Google Places world and probably a small, but important change left unnoticed - Google Tags were discontinued.Google Tags were a trial advertising feature of Google and are still appearing as small yellow triangular signs under the listing information for the business during Google Search, as well as on the Map next to the balloon for the particular business.The advertising cost US$25 per month with 30 days free trial.The official statement of Google for the change is:Tags is being retired on April 29, 2011. We’ve halted new signups for ...
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Google Places Optimization – Citations

I will not start the Google Places optimization topic with the preliminary stage, setting up the Places page and choosing the right categories, because on this topic there is enough information both at the Google Places Help Center and around the Web. The difficult part, and the harder one to achieve is to get a decent number of citations, outlining at least the basic business information - business name, business physical address, business land line number. What are the citations? When your business information is mentioned somewhere around the Web, Google notices that, scrapes it down and adds it to its ...
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Bing Challenges Google Places – Bing Business Portal

Bing Challenges Google Places

Today Bing launched its version of Google Places. It is called Bing Business Portal (BBP) and is still in its Beta version stage. However, it could be a tough challenge for Google as Google Places have experienced a lot of bugs lately and had problems with lost reviews, data, the analytics tool got stuck and all the listings got pending, etc. The claiming of business listing on Bing will be similar to the one for Google - by phone or by postal mail, as they will provide the business owners with a verification PIN. The time for changes to occur ...
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Why Google Places

The very first thing that is to be explained is what is Google Places and local SEO and why they are so important (and will be getting more and more important) for every business in the world.Google Places is a product of Google Inc., which many could acknowledge as a kind of Yellow Page. There are many rules and regulations set by Google, some of which are quite strange, but overall the opportunity that Google Places give to every business owner is incredible. For almost any search, connected to product, service, business, Google would return thousands of results, but only ...
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