Google Places is Now Google Plus Local: What Changed?

This summer, 80 million Google Places pages worldwide were automatically converted into 80 million Google Plus Local pages. What changed? Overall, listings are more dynamic and visual, and local search got a lot more social. Results include reviews from Zagat, as well as ratings and comments from friends.  Notable changes include the integration and free availability of Zagat archives, and a “Circles” search filter to find […]

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Despite All My Variant Rage, I Am Still Just A Link on A Page

The Variant matching option is a vampire, set to drain the money from your budget and benefit Google and no one else. With all apologies to Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins, one of the keyword matching “improvements” introduced over the last few months has caused me to channel my 90s grunge based angry inner-child. Various matching options (Broad, Phrase & Exact) have always allowed […]

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AdWords New Shared Budget Feature

  In Vegas the house always wins and so it is with many new Google AdWords features. Google’s newest budget tool fits this model quite nicely. Google rolled out a new Budget feature in AdWords that provides budget control over a collection of campaigns. Initially, we were excited that this would solve some of our budget dilemmas, but as we dug deeper we realized that […]

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