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 … Read moreBing launches bots for local businesses

SSL (https) is … really important.

Google’s Chrome browser will soon be labelling sites that do not have SSL with the label, “Non-secure”. I don’t know if you recognize just how big a deal that is – but some studies show that more than 50% of web visitors will immediately leave a site that has this label. Passwords and credit cards are not … Read moreSSL (https) is … really important.

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 … Read moreWhat Local Businesses Must Know About Local Search – Right Now

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 … Read moreEarthquake in Local Advertising

Google’s Mission to Eliminate Fake Google My Business Listings

by Bernadette Coleman While, we might not love all the updates Google is constantly making to the local pack and search algorithms, Google’s cracking down on fake Google My Business Listings is one update we can all get behind. As you know, one of Google’s top priorities is serving relevant, accurate search results that consumers … Read moreGoogle’s Mission to Eliminate Fake Google My Business Listings

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 … Read moreIs Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?