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Service Industry Reviews: Top 5 Sites Picked Up by Google's Local Business Center

A few weeks ago we kicked off a series of posts about which review websites are most frequently picked up in Google Maps. In our first installment, we learned which sites feed the most restaurant reviews into Google's Local Business Center. Today, we will switch industries and examine the websites that feed the most service business reviews into Google Local. Without further ado, the top 5: maps.google.com – With a staggering 52.5%, Google cruises in at the #1 spot, accounting for 2,414 of the 4,598 reviews studied. www.citysearch.com – Garnering almost 30% of the total reviews and making its second top 5 list is Citysearch, which claimed 1,358 of the... [More]

Areas Served, Service Areas, Location Settings, Radius -- Now in Google Maps and LBC

A few minutes ago our SEO Program Director stumbled upon a neat, new feature in Google’s Local Business Center: Service Areas and Location Settings. Complementing this new feature is a map that displays your modifications and updates as you make them on the left: At EZlocal, we are extremely excited about this new change, as it solves one of the tragic flaws of local business search: What if your business is not located in the areas you serve? For example, what if you own a woodworking business located in Cicero, IL that does very high-end work. You wouldn’t want to be found in Cicer... [More]

View More Than 10 Reviews in Google Maps: A Quick URL Hack

Here at EZlocal, we love Google. Everyone uses Google as their primary search engine and Gmail as their email client. Nearly the whole office is connected through Google Talk and most people use Chrome as their browser. A few of us even look forward to the day when we can pay our taxes directly to Google. Since our specialty is local business search, it comes as no surprise that a fair amount of our time is spent nosing around Google Maps and Google’s Local Business Center, constantly searching for more ways to increase exposure to our members, small business owners. To this end, we find ourselves pondering questions like these: What websites are cited on Google Maps? Are they being cited for business info, reviews, user content? What sites boast the most review citations in Google Maps? On our quest to answer these questions, we started to count and analyze the reviews that appear in... [More]

Getting Your Restaurant Review on Google: Top 5 Sites Picked Up by Google’s Local Business Center

  As we discussed last week, encouraging customer reviews is a key component in getting your small business found on Google and other search engines.  So if reviews affect your small business’ search placement so much, what are the very best sites to encourage reviews from?  What sites are picked up by Google’s Local Business Center most frequently?    We found the answer differed from industry to industry.  The top review sites for restaurants or hotels were not the same for plumbers and doctors, etc.  [More]