I recognize that not all of us have time to keep a pulse on SEO or more specifically local search, so I am happy to put this little summary together. I am sure there are a few things I miss each month, but this is just what popped up on my radar, and seemed noteworthy.
OH, before I forget, I’ve got a new mini newsletter that I’ve put together. It’s a short, weekly…brain dump. Marketing, business…sometimes more personal stuff that I hope is relatable. I think you will like it. If that sounds like your sort of thing, sign up here.
Now back to SEO.
November’s BEST Local Search Reads
Say Goodbye to Google Map Maker
Google announced that it’s Google MapMaker will be removed from Google Maps. This standalone product will retire in March 2017. It’s function will be directly integrated into Google Maps. Read more here
Google’s Home Services Ads
Google is now testing their Home Services Ads on mobile. Recent reports have spotted it on mobile across California. Google Home Services Ads is for local service providers (for now) such as locksmith, hvac services, plumbers, etc. For more info click here.
Google My Business Live Chat
Google is testing a new feature on Google My Business. A selected group of business owners can a new live chat feature where they can directly chat with customers that find their business listings (badass!) on Google search. Read more about this.
SEO Must Reads
Also, we posted a little guide to tackling aggregators! Find it here.
If ever anyone has any questions about SEO or local SEO, I hope you will let me know. Always looking for tricky questions to include on my Youtube Show.