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September 7, 2011

Who’s Manning the Store: Securing Your Google Places Page

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In real estate they say that location is everything, which is true to a large extent. But the same also applies to digital space. That’s why there’s such thing as a search engine marketing industry. Location gets you seen, location can make you money, and location will make competitors desperate. In the case of Google Places, having a business catalogued as permanently closed can mean the loss of loyal customers, online traffic and revenue-much-needed-revenue in today’s economy.

Recently, fraudulent closings on Google Places have become a commonplace tactic employed by business competitors, and it turns out it’s rather easy to do. On a Google Places listing, you’ll find basic business information: name, address, hours of operation, reviews, etc. At the bottom of the listing, there is a link to “Report a problem.” From there, you can report that a business is permanently closed, which for all intents and purposes, serves as an important function. What is being discovered is that if enough people report a business as being “permanently closed”, the business is closed, in an online sense of the word.

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August 31, 2011

How to Get a Handle on Your Social Media Schedule


You have all these really great ideas on how to keep your brand engaged in social media, yet all those other things you have to do, all those work things, keep getting in the way. It happens to the best of us. The first problem? We have to realize that social media is work, and it should be viewed as part of the work week.

If you want to make strides in social media, you have to make time for social media. And that’s what we’re talking about today – taking control of your schedule in a way that makes social media work for your success, not against it.

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July 20, 2010

Links Matter: How to Measure and Attain Them – BlueGlass LA

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Hey there! It’s after lunch on day 2 of BlueGlass LA. Mysteriously, all the people who were missing this morning have finally shown up. Was it because they heard who the speakers were? I’ll bet. You’d shake off your hangover too for Rand Fishkin, CEO and CO-Founder, SEOmoz and Dave Snyder, Partner, Search & Social (we hear they’re called BlueGlass now but I guess the conference website hasn’t caught up.)

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