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Google Places Resources

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  1. dotcomdesigns

    dotcomdesigns Power Member

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    For those of us who are into Google Places I've found some resource that might be of interest to people. I'm in the UK so I tend to look at that market but there's some things here that benefit everyone wherever your market is.

    Please share any other resources you find to help others.

    Tools:

    http://www.whitespark.ca/local-citation-finder/ - Citation finder. You enter your search phrase and the software will locate all the sites where the top listings are getting citations from. There?s a limited free version going up to $100 a month for heavy users.
    http://www.localsearchtoolkit.com - Analyzes results shown on Google Places. Lists citations, reviews, photo uploads, verified or not and so on.
    http://www.brightlocal.com/seo-tools/ a number of local SEO tools, some paid, some free, some still in development
    http://www.chaddo.com/index.php/google-places-software/ - Chad Kimball's software

    Analytics - Tracking GP traffic is not that simple apparently;

    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/tracking-traffic-from-google-places-in-google-analytics

    http://www.localseoguide.com/how-to-track-mobile-visitors-in-google-analytics/ - tracking mobile traffic

    Citations - tips and advice

    http://www.sitevisibility.co.uk/blo...plan-to-rank-higher-in-google-local-listings/

    http://blumenthals.com/blog/2010/12...local-uk-business-directories-compared-rated/ - list of UK business directories for citation that apparently Google take notice of

    http://www.brightlocal.com/blog/2010/09/08/comparison-of-top-uk-online-business-directories/ List of top business directories in the UK, it?s a couple of years old but still useful if your looking for some directories.

    http://www.blogstorm.co.uk/how-to-rank-higher-in-google-places-local-in-the-uk/ - UK specific

    http://www.poweredbysearch.com/local-seo-citation-webcams/ - using a webcam to promote your listing! No seriously, it?s true

    BHW Pages to download Google Places WSO's

    Google Cheat Sheet: WSO 307645 http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/member-downloads/267190-get-google-places-cheat-sheet.html
    Google Places Takeover WSO 490728 http://www.mediafire.com/?25cbt7r77327xbi
    Google Maps Letter WSO 291544 http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...e-maps-placement-letter-gets-new-clients.html
    WSO 258166 Google ***** http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...ly-5-days-amazing-system-anyone-can-copy.html


    Other Reading:

    http://www.seo.com/news/google-places-page-update-means-googlenative-reviews/
    http://www.seo.com/blog/ways-rank-today-localized-serps/
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/one-dead-simple-tactic-for-better-rankings-in-google-local

    http://searchengineland.com/does-including-a-physical-address-on-your-website-help-rankings-19669

    http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/10-likely-elements-of-googles-local-search-algorithm/519/

    http://www.seerinteractive.com/blog/35-local-link-opportunities-you-missed

    http://www.whitehat-blackbelt.com/2010/10/google-places-do’s-and-don’ts-for-your-business/ - GP dos and don?ts

    http://www.davidmihm.com/blog/seo-industry/local-search-war-facebook/
     
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  2. iiaok

    iiaok Regular Member

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    Excellent resource, dotcom. +rep given.
     
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    Thanks for the time you took to compile those sources.
     
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  4. dragon123

    dragon123 Regular Member

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    Thanks dotcom, great to have all these resources in one place.:D
     
  5. vegas23

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    Thanks dotcom, looks like I have some reading to do!
     
  6. meannn

    meannn Supreme Member

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    Thanks for the sources, nice list.
     
  7. Tommybee

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    You are the man.... loving this thread
     
  8. billyblanco

    billyblanco Registered Member

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    excellent list, but u missed one big one: davidmihmDOTCOM/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml
     
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  9. iiaok

    iiaok Regular Member

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    Link for billyblanco's suggested page:

    http://www.davidmihm.com/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml

    Really good article for Places.
     
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  10. Baadier

    Baadier Regular Member

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    surprised you got so few thanks on this OP. well done, its a useful list. Thanks and rep given.
     
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    britcpa Power Member

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    nice one dotcom. thanks for putting all of these resources in one place. how's your recent experiment going (last time i read on another thread, i think you were about to start distributing prospecting letters by hand?)
     
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    Awesome job on the Google Places resources. Has the 7-pack been replaced with the 3 to 4-pack in your area?
     
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    thanks dotcom, really useful

    to post above, in my area it is now a 3 pack and not the old 7 pack
     
  14. skillz

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    Thanks! I will be looking at it in depth later.
     
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    Yeah I've spotted just 3 slots lately, why is that? I thought maybe it was because they don't have enough businesses to fill 7 slots or am I missing something?
     
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    do you guys have any insight if there is a difference in the usage of the tools if using them for German keywords and sites?

    I'm going to start GP in 2 weeks after my exams are finished and looking forward to absorb all the info.
     
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    Awesome man, great list, thanks
     
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    Can someone please explain to me what a citation is? I've seen the word around the forum but I don't understand what it means. Thanks
     
  19. CoyoteAssassin

    CoyoteAssassin Elite Member

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    This looks like a good pile of stuff to read. I'm thinking about getting into it and this will help.
     
  20. Markthedude

    Markthedude Power Member

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    This is awesome! I'm working on a Google places but the website for the project is not fully setup, it's under construction for the next 2-3 weeks. Do you guys recommend that you have a fully setup website before working on Google Places?