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Google Maps Upgrade Creates Duplicate Listing Issues

Google Maps Upgrade Creates Duplicate Listing Issues

Google has been automatically upgrading Google Place listings from the old system to the new Google Places dashboard. With this upgrade, there may be conflicts that prevents the upgrade from completing. The latest conflict is that there are duplicate listing issues and Google needs you to step in, fix the issue and then complete the upgrade process.

Google has recently began sending out notices of the duplicate place listings conflict via email to those impacted by this issue. The email reads:

We’d like to inform you that Google Places no longer accommodates more than one authorized owner per business location. Your account contains one or more listings that have been identified as duplicates of other listings and as a result, some of the information you provide will not be shown to Google users anymore…

Jade Wang from Google posted a detailed how to fix this issue in the Google Business Help forums where she summed up the issues two-fold:

(1) Your account and another account that you don’t control became verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard.

(2) You may have verified the page multiple times using accounts you control.

Each has their own method of resolving, which Google has either emailed the business owner or you can read them below in more detail.

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Mar 6, 2014 at 9:16am ET by

About The Author: is Search Engine Land’s News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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How to Make the Best Use of Facebook?

How to Make the Best Use of Facebook?

Many people feel that simply having a page or a group on Facebook is enough to help their company. It cannot be further from the truth. In fact, if you are not going to use it properly, then it can be more disadvantageous than not being on Facebook.

Make sure that you do not leave your page or group after a few days. It reduces participation and gives your business a bad name. Do not spam through your pages, it is the simplest way to lose customers. Make sure that your fans and members are rewarded for being there. You could give them free coupons via Facebook or something similar.

Facebook has really changed the way people go about promoting there business. With so many people with varied interests available on a single platform, there is something for everyone. All you need to do is find the right target audience and then market your business to them. Facebook provides you all the tools required to reach these people.

SEO: Search Engine Optimization is a key aspect for anyone who wants to build a significant presence on the web. Having a Facebook page for your business can help you in your Local SEO efforts as well. All the links and posts on the page are indexed by search engines. So having a page flowing with continuous relevant content will definitely give you a jump in search engine rankings.

Beat your competition: One of the biggest reasons for you to make sure that you are on Facebook is that your competition might already be there. In this cut throat environment, lagging behind will make it really hard for your business to succeed.

Viral promotion: If someone ends up liking your page then it appears in their news feed. This makes it possible for your business to be in their eyes on a regular basis through status updates or content posting. What’s more, if they comment on your post, their friends will also see your post and this will help in viral promotion of your business.

Facebook Ads: Your business at Facebook is not just limited to a fan page or a group. Facebook also offers you a chance to put up advertising campaigns. You can build your advertisements, and as per your budget requirements, go for a campaign suitable for your business. You can also choose the set of people to whom these ads will be visible. You can target your ads on the basis of demographics, educational level, interests etc. It is also up to you to decide how often these ads will appear.

Save money: Apart from these facts, Facebook is free. You do not need to spend anything for promoting your company through a Facebook page. Facebook already has people addicted to it. This means you do not have to look for customers – they are already there.

Now for less than the price of one newspaper or coupon mailer ad, My Web Footprints ensures your business is not only being found on over 100 of the webs most popular sites and the top 5 social communities, but that all your local search listings are complete, accurate, and optimized; allowing customers to find you all across the web.

 

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Making the Best Use of Google Places

Making the Best Use of Google Places

Google Places is a straightforward service from Google to help small business make themselves visible and searchable on the internet, by people from a particular locality they cater to. Google Places is free and allows businesses to put themselves on the web with little effort, which makes the service and excellent marketing option for small business owners.

Now that you know about the benefits of Google Places, here are a few tips on how you can make the best use of this service.

Use keywords – Use relevant keywords properly to create an impressive product or service description that appeals to the customers. But avoid overusing or stuffing of keywords, otherwise your search engine page ranking could go down drastically.

Add Images and videos – Business owners listed in Google Places are allowed to add upto 10 images and 5 videos for free. Make the best use of this and upload images of your business establishment, so that it becomes much more easier for customers to find and identify you.

A Google Places page for every location – If your business has different branches at different locations, make sure that each branch has a separate Google Places page with the location’s address and phone number. In case you have just one branch but offer services in different locations, you can create a single page and list down the areas in it.

Encourage reviews – Ask your pleased customers to review and rate your services on Google Places. The higher your ratings, the more number of customers you can get. Try to get as many reviews as possible, but only from genuine sources. However, avoid having too many just for ranking as this can cause Google to push your listing down.

Now for less than the price of one newspaper or coupon mailer ad, My Web Footprints ensures your business is not only being found on over 100 of the webs most popular sites and the top 5 social communities, but that all your local search listings are complete, accurate, and optimized; allowing customers to find you all across the web.

 

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How Twitter Can Help Your Business

How Twitter Can Help Your Business

With around 200 million users sending out the same number of micro-blogs (approximately) every day, Twitter is certainly an effective channel for communication. However, this social networking site is not just for teenagers or celebrities tweeting about their daily activities. The power of Twitter as a marketing tool has been realized by many small business owners, who are using it to help their businesses grow. Considering that it costs very little to market a product on Twitter, small businesses should definitely use this tool for boosting their local internet marketing activities.

How Twitter can help small businesses

Here are a few factors that emphasize why Twitter is important for small businesses and how they can benefit from it.

Survey and feedback

Twitter can be a great tool for interacting with customers and market your goods. But it is an equally efficient tool for collecting customer feedback and their opinions about your company’s products and services. All you need to do is follow the conversations about your company products and you will get your answers without even asking. If you have anything specific to learn, you can do so by asking the customers directly or by conducting a poll through your account.

Manage online reputation

Besides gaining customer feedback, you can also use Twitter to learn and monitor what is being said about your products and company in general. Many people use Twitter to communicate what they do and how they feel about everything and anything. So there is every possibility that a dissatisfied customer or a competitor could be using the micro-blogging site to create negative publicity for your products. Keeping a tab on Twitter conversations involving your brand can help you tackle such situations and manage your online reputation in a professional manner.

Boost sales with special offers and discounts

Whether you are a big brand or a small company, free discount coupon or freebie always attract more people. One of the best ways to tell your customers about any special discounts and promotional offers being run by your company is to post a tweet about it. Giving away coupon codes and special deals to users following your profile can also be a great way to attract more customers and build an online reputation for your brand.

Keep an eye on competition

Using tools like Twitter Search can be a great way not just to track your reputation on Twitter, but also to keep a tab on your competitors’ activities and their reputation. Learning about your competitors can help you plan your marketing strategies and also avoid mistakes that could affect your business.

Twitter can be viral

Once you gain popularity on Twitter, you will be able to enjoy the benefit of your tweets going viral. A Twitter message can be retweeted any number of times, which means any useful or interesting message you post can be passed on to a number of Twitter users in very little time. This strategy when applied to your marketing or promotional tweets can bring in great results.

Promote your company blog

If you have a company blog as a part of your SEO strategies, the best way to promote it is through Twitter. If you feel that the information provided in the blog would be appreciated by your followers, just tweet the link to share the blog. This not only diverts traffic to your blog, but also makes your message viral if your customers find the content useful.

The best part about Twitter is that it is free, which makes it the ideal marketing solution for small businesses. In any case, care should taken to make sure that you use this powerful tool in the right manner, to avoid it from backfiring on your profits and also reputation.

Now for less than the price of one newspaper or coupon mailer ad, My Web Footprints ensures your business is not only being found on over 100 of the webs most popular sites and the top 5 social communities, but that all your local search listings are complete, accurate, and optimized; allowing customers to find you all across the web.

 

 

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Why You Need Google Places

Why You Need Google Places

Google Places is a straightforward service from Google to help small business make themselves visible and searchable on the internet, by people from a particular locality they cater to. Google Places is free and allows businesses to put themselves on the web with little effort, which makes the service and excellent marketing option for small business owners.

Google Places is the local Yellow Pages – With the internet at hand, there are very few people who still search for a service using the traditional Yellow Pages directories. So besides being listed in the traditional Yellow Pages, businesses should also consider getting listed in online directories and in Google Places, especially if the business caters to a local audience. The advantage of using Google Places is that all the relevant information about your business is available and can be accessed by your potential customers through the internet, even when you don’t have a website. So if you are a small business owner and cannot afford maintaining a website, Google Places is the viable solution for you.

Improved search engine page ranking – Google Places focuses on local searches, which means that the competition for a local business o Google Places would be restricted to the other business only within the locality and not the entire region, city or state. This means that there are better chances of your business being at the top of the search engine page results for your category and location.

For example, a search with key terms – ‘Italian restaurants in Somerset, NJ” would only get results for Italian restaurants within the region and not the entire state of New Jersey. So, the possibility of your Italian restaurant being found is much better in Google Places.

Your business is easily found on Google Maps – Another advantage of getting listed in Google Places is that your business would also be marked in Google Maps, giving the exact location of your business to a potential customer. When you allow your business listing to be found through relevant keywords used in Google Maps, which also works on mobile phones, customers on the move, who are looking for your service, would be able to find you without much hassle.

Cost-effective local marketing – The obvious reason for a small business to use Google Places is that it is a free service. Spending huge amounts of money on billboards, television, radio or print ads is not a practical option for small businesses. Google Places on the other hand allows small businesses to advertise to their potential customers in a given locality and costs much lesser than traditional advertising options.

Now for less than the price of one newspaper or coupon mailer ad, My Web Footprints ensures your business is not only being found on over 100 of the webs most popular sites and the top 5 social communities, but that all your local search listings are complete, accurate, and optimized; allowing customers to find you all across the web.

 

 

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