Google Places Optimization Webinar

When people search for your products or services will they find you or your competitor? Who is it going to be?”

On October 19th 2011 SEO Training SW in conjunction with the Search Engine Academy hosted a 2-hour webinar on Google Places Optimization.

To watch the video replay of this webinar you must be a silver member of our SEO Community

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The key topics during this presentation were:

  •  The Local Search Marketing industry today
  • 2011 Google Places and organic ranking factors
  • Review of top Places and organic ranking factors
  • Starting your own local search consulting service

Why is Local Search So Important?

Wickenburg House PaintingGoogle estimates that there are 10 billion searches each month or that 20% of all desktop searches have local intent.

Bing Estimates that 53% of mobile search has local intent.

Local Search Results now appear above the fold, making local search more important then ever.

Local search and mobile search are Google’s top priorities.

Local Search Marketing Today

There are over 4 million claimed Google Places pages worldwide, 2 million of those being in U.S.

Facebook Places was introduced in August 2010. 1 in 5 users access Places.

Google Plus for Business roll out later this year.

FourSquare hit over 10 million users and continues to grow day by day.

Wickenburg ComputersThink Mobile for Local

1 in 3 searches are for local goods or services.

45% of all Google’s Searches are done through a mobile device.

Estimated 20% growth this next year.

Traditional SEO vs. Local SEO

Traditional SEO is about optimizing websites

Local SEO is about optimizing locations

You need to be doing both to succeed in this new era of Local Search

2011 Local and Organic Ranking Factors

There are 82 positive ranking factors and 19 negative ranking factors in the Google local algorithm that have been identified (a full listing is provided in our DVD training)

But basically these 101 factors focus on only 3 things:

  • Relevance
  • Prominence
  • Distance

Out of these 3 factors the ONLY thing we cannot optimize for is distance


Factors inherent to your business

  • The name of your business
  • What you say about your business on Google Places Page

#1 Relevancy Factor is claiming all your business listings in ALL the major search engines


  • MANUALLY claim your listings, even if you have multiple locations
    • Increases level of trust
    • Bulk uploads are vulnerable to spam
  • Use keywords in your business title
    • If necessary consider re-incorporating using a descriptive keyword/location
  • MANUALLY claim your listings, even if you have multiple locations
  • Increases level of trust
  • Bulk uploads are vulnerable to spam
  • Use keywords in your business title
  • If necessary consider re-incorporating using a descriptive keyword/location
  • Max out your categories
  • Upload at least 5 photos/images – GeoTag them
  • Use email address that matches the domain name of your website connected to Places Page
  • Create YouTube Channel, use keywords, product names, GeoTag
  • Non Mobile friendly websites consider using your contact page your Google Places landing page and optimize that for mobile.
  • Mobile users want to call phone number, find address


Local SEO is thinking of ways to make the business the most popular location in town.

Prominence is determined by what TRUSTED people say about your business

Citations are the fingerprints of your company across the entire spectrum of the Internet.

  • The authority of the citations
  • Vertically relevant
  • Geographically relevant
  • External title tags and location of the citations

Wickenburg Computer ReviewsReviews

Structured reviews are critical for Local Search

  • Reviews in trusted portals are more important than generic
  • What TRUSTED people say about your business is important
  • Quantity more important then Quality (at this time)
  • Ratings are becoming an important factor

Tips to Get Reviews

  • ID your tech savvy clients
  • Get your customers email addresses, pay attention to those that have Gmail, Yahoo, Bing accounts.
  • Offer free Wi-Fi opening page ask for reviews
  • Monitor/respond to bad reviews appropriately

Local Search Consulting

Over 27 million small business in the US

  • 60% are NOT online
  • 38% that are online are not optimized

Services You Can Offer

  • Website Development
  • Website Hosting Services
  • Organic SEO Services
  • Local Search Services
  • PPC Services
  • Mobile Marketing Services

Where to Get the Skills to be Successful

Free Resources

Paid Resources

More Free Webinars!!

Here is a recap of our future webinars that we do have scheduled:

Free SEO Webinar: Google Insights For Search – Mitch Albert
Oct 26, 2011 – 9:00 AM PDT

Building Your Website Infrastructure Architecture with SEO – Nancy Wigal
November 2, 2011 – 1:00 PM EDT

Free SEO Webinar: Link Building – With Tom Petty
November 8, 2011 – 9:00 AM PDT

Free SEO Webinar: SEO Take Aways from PubCon 2011 with Roy Reyer
November 16, 2011 – 7:00 PM MDT

How to Start Your Own SEO Business – John Alexander
November 23, 2011 – 2:00 PM EST



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