19 Sep 2019

Google announced it is removing the remaining distance-based service area businesses. It will be converting them to the closest named area. Google said "Service-area businesses currently based on a distance will be automatically converted to the closest named areas, like San Francisco, CA or Islington, London." Business will be able to review these named areas. "Business owners will b...

12 Aug 2019

ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, is now part of the search market as it rolls out its own search engine today. The new search engine, called Toutiao Search, is an extension of an existing news aggregator which is also owned by ByteDance. Toutiao Search pulls in results from the web and other properties owned by ByteDance. However, as is the case with search engines in China, t...

11 Aug 2019

Last time we counted, there were upwards of 35 components to a single Google Business Profile(GBP). Hotel panels, in and of themselves, are enough to make one squeal, but even on a more “typical” GPB, it’s easy to overlook some low-lying features. Often, you may simply ignore them until life makes you engage. Recently, I heard a story from a local SEO that came to me with a curious re...

07 Aug 2019

Google’s Top Places List feature is officially out of beta. Google updated the Top Places developer page with new information indicating that the Top Places List feature is now automated by a machine learning algorithm. What is Google Top Places List? The Top Places List is a Google feature that displays related information about a specific place. If a restaurant is mentioned in severa...

07 Aug 2019

The president of the United States of America kicked off the morning with a series of tweets criticizing one of the country’s largest corporations for alleged ties to election tampering and China’s military. In a thread that would have been regarded as a remarkable occurrence under any other administration, Donald J. Trump called out Google  by name, tagging CEO Sundar Pichai for good me...

06 Aug 2019

Womply also found businesses claiming their listings on multiple sites generated 58% more revenue than the average. Reviews matter; that’s well established. What’s not quite as clear is the relationship between reviews, star ratings and revenue, although there have been several academic studies on this. Now, small business SaaS provider Womply has released a large-scale study showing a ...

03 Aug 2019

Google’s John Mueller recently explained that a sitelinks search box can take up to a month to appear in search results. This topic came up during a Google Webmaster Central hangout where a question was asked regarding how long it takes for a sitelinks search box to show in the SERPs. Compared to other types of markup, a sitelinks search box can take a long time to appear. Muell...

03 Aug 2019

The New York Times published an anti-Google screed by billionaire Peter Thiel last night but failed to mention a fun fact that readers might find relevant: Thiel sits on the board of Facebook, one of Google’s largest competitors. Thiel first blasted Google as “treasonous” last month, saying that the FBI and CIA should investigate the company for working with the Chinese government. Th...

02 Aug 2019

After holding the title for more than a decade, Apple has been dethroned as the king of cash by Alphabet. The Google parent's holdings of cash and marketable securities, net of debt, topped $117 billion in the most recent quarter, exceeding Apple's recently reported cash pile of $102 billion, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the shift. Apple, which had $163 bi...

02 Aug 2019

Donald Trump says Google may be a "national security concern" because of its relationship with China, and suggested he will launch a probe into the company. "There may or may not be National Security concerns with regard to Google and their relationship with China," he wrote on Twitter. "If there is a problem, we will find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not...