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Whitespark Welcomes Gene Maryushenko

Posted Jul 8, 2014 by Darren Shaw in Whitespark

Today we're thrilled to welcome Gene Maryushenko to Whitespark. Gene has been developing websites for 10 years and has been working in local search for the past 3 years. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. He's also an active contributor to the Local Search Google+ community.

Gene will be helping our LocalSpark clients take their local search visibility to the next level.

Welcome Gene!

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Hey everyone! Summer is almost here and we want to celebrate the soon to be long sunny days with a special discount. Enjoy 15% off all Citation Building orders from June 18th to July 18. Order your citations now:

Go to our Citation Building page Log in Set up your order Click the little gift box on the bottom right Enter coupon code SUMMERLOVE15 Complete your order

Then sit back, relax and enjoy your Summer Nights.

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How to Pimp Your Local Google+ Page

Posted Jun 16, 2014 by Phil Rozek in Local SEO

Your business's local Google+ page could be like this:

But I'm guessing it's more like this:

Don't feel bad.  You're not alone.  Most businesses neglect their local Google+ (AKA Google Places) pages.

At best they're virtual business cards - minus the paper and social significance.  At worst they fail to make would-be customers step inside, because they look about as comforting and cool as a colostomy bag.

There's hope.   If you hustle, you can be the only one in your 'hood with a pimped Google page that makes mad bank.

You may remember the post I wrote over 2 years ago, How to Pimp Your Google Places Listing.  That's old-school.  Less than 4 months after I wrote it, Google retired the old Places pages.  Much else has changed in the last couple of years  - with the most-recent big change being the “My Business” rollout.

In that time, I've put together a whole new bag of tricks for pimping a Google page.  (By the way, we help you with these as part of [...]

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Google My Business - What You Need to Know

Posted Jun 12, 2014 by Darren Shaw in Local SEO

Yesterday, Jade Wang from the Google My Business support team invited me and a handful of other local search fans to a Google+ Hangout about the new Google My Business dashboard. We were given a product demo and had a great Q&A session.

Mike Blumenthal and Linda Buquet have done an excellent job covering the details already, so I'm going to keep this short and just write about what I think you need to know.

Google My Business Screenshot 

What You Need to Know This a business listing management dashboard update only. The front end of Google+ Local and Google Maps has not changed at all.   No algorithmic changes. This update will have no effect on how you do local SEO.  Google My Business is a beautifully designed unified dashboard for managing local listings and Google+ business pages. It replaces old Google Places for Business dashboard and the new (now old) Google+ Local Dashboard. The new interface is excellent. It's very intuitive and easy to use. Thank you Google!  As of yesterday, 99.95% of business listings worldwide will have been updgraded to Google My Business. The only listings that haven't been migrated to the new dashboard are dual claimed listings that are directly [...]

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How to Leave a Google Review on Mobile

Posted Jun 3, 2014 by Jessie Low in Local SEO

When is the best time to ask for a review? A few days after an interaction with a customer, within a week or perhaps immediately after the business transaction is completed? We say it's the latter; right after doing business with a client. The trouble is, people are not usually in front of their computers right after they interact with a small business and leaving a Google review on mobile has been a bit cumbersome in recent years. Today it requires the reviewer to download and use the Google Maps app, if it's not already on their phone.

Well, did you know you can still leave a review in a mobile browser? For years we thought it wasn't possible, but when researching for this post we found a way that works, and we have added the instructions to our Review Handout Generator to make it super easy to request reviews from mobile users.

A Brief History of Google Reviews on Mobile

Google has had a rocky history when it comes to mobile reviews. The routes permitting a mobile user to leave a review over the past six years have been a little confusing. Take a look at the timeline below:

July 2008 - 

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