Neil Patel, online marketing guru, talks NAPping. :)

We love Neil Patel. The guy knows what he is talking about, and he is able to present his knowledge to others in ways that are easily understood, and most important, entirely actionable. Neil took a couple of minutes to talk about Local a few days ago. And yet again – he nailed it. Watch…

Bing launches bots for local businesses

From SearchEngineLand Bots are created automatically from data in Bing Places and will soon work with Facebook Messenger and Cortana. Bots are coming to Bing in a big way. Through its Bot Framework, Microsoft is starting to integrate chatbots into search results — to make search more interactive and transactional. In April, Matt McGee spotted…

What Local Businesses Must Know About Local Search – Right Now

Whether a local business is a stand-alone, single location or part of a massive national or global brand, it shares a common goal with every other business. Every local business wants to be findable in search and therefore visible to the public – those consumers trying to solve a problem or fulfill a need as…

Earthquake in Local Advertising

… and it starts in Australia. The Yellow Pages was a fantastically huge cash cow for many years. They were a cash cow because they had a virtual stranglehold on the market – if you were not in the Yellow Pages, you were not getting business. Period. And you know what? They were right. And…

Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?

By Joy Hawkins, searchengineland.com Google announced last week that they had recently conducted a study to research the actors behind fake listings on Google Maps. The study points out that “geographic proximity is the coin of the emerging localized-search realm,” which matches what I observed with the Possum update in 2016. This major algorithm update was responsible for…

Bing has a chatbot answering local search questions

by Matt McGee for SearchEngineLand Skype-powered chatbot is showing up as an assistant to help searchers learn about restaurants in the Seattle area. Bing has added a chatbot to help users with some of its local search results for restaurants in the Seattle area. After getting a tip from a reader, I was able to reproduce the…