All posts by Joy Hawkins

7 unannounced updates to Google My Business we’ve seen in 2017

Google has been quietly rolling out new features and updates to Google My Business over the last several months, and columnist Joy Hawkins has compiled these underreported changes. The post 7 unannounced updates to Google My Business we’ve seen in 2017 appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?

A recent study released by Google claims that fewer than 0.5% of local searches lead to fake listings. But is this number misleading? Columnist and local search expert Joy Hawkins takes a deep dive. The post Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps? appeared first on Search Engine...

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Why Google shutting down Map Maker should terrify SMBs

Contributor Joy Hawkins warns about the likely unintended consequences of Google's impending shutdown of Map Maker, calling for the search giant to create more transparency. The post Why Google shutting down Map Maker should terrify SMBs appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Google’s advanced verification test in San Diego just dropped over 89% of listings from the 3-pack

Columnist and local search expert Joy Hawkins shows the results of a recent Google My Business advanced verification test and explores the new home services local pack. The post Google’s advanced verification test in San Diego just dropped over 89% of listings from the 3-pack appeared first...

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Study shows Google’s Possum update changed 64% of local SERPs

How significantly did the Possum update impact local search results in Google? Columnist Joy Hawkins shares data and insights from a study she did with BrightLocal, which compared local results before and after the update. The post Study shows Google’s Possum update changed 64% of local...

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Everything you need to know about Google’s ‘Possum’ algorithm update

Wondering what's up with local search rankings lately? Columnist Joy Hawkins has the scoop on a recent local algorithm update that local SEO experts are calling 'Possum.' The post Everything you need to know about Google’s ‘Possum’ algorithm update appeared first on Search Engine...

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Is Google filtering your business in the local search results?

Seeing a shift in Google's local results? It's not just you. Columnist Joy Hawkins documents what appears to be a recent refresh to Google's local ranking filter. The post Is Google filtering your business in the local search results? appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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How to solve duplicate content local SEO issues for multi-location businesses

It can be difficult for businesses with multiple locations to craft unique, rich content for each individual location page, but columnist Joy Hawkins has some advice for how to do just that. The post How to solve duplicate content local SEO issues for multi-location businesses appeared first on...

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Why you cannot ignore practitioner listings on Google My Business (case study)

You may have a strong Google My Business listing, but what happens when individual practitioners at your location have their own listings? Columnist Joy Hawkins shares a case study detailing what happened when one such practitioner left her practice to go work elsewhere. The post Why you cannot...

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Why you cannot ignore practitioner listings on Google My Business (case study)

You may have a strong Google My Business listing, but what happens when individual practitioners at your location have their own listings? Columnist Joy Hawkins shares a case study detailing what happened when one such practitioner left her practice to go work elsewhere. The post Why you cannot...

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