Google Places News, Life Lessons, Comp Shop Stats & Local Search Evolution

Here at Web Gnomes, we stay on top of the ever-changing world of Internet Marketing so you don’t have to. We enjoy learning new tricks of the trade and putting them to practice in the work that we do for our esteemed clients. Here is some of the most helpful Internet marketing info we came across this week:

Google Places Reconsiders Reconsideration Requests – What To Do If You Are Suspended

Quick note from Mike Blumenthal: Google is changing the way it handles reconsideration requests for Google Places. If your Google Places page is suspended, you may have to create a new listing.

The follow-up post notes that there may be two types of suspensions that require different actions. The final advice (for now):

Request reinclusion, wait for the response. If they note that there is no hope, start a new account with a new listing.

14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life

OK – this isn’t about SEO or social media or even content marketing. But I’m a big fan of self-development, and I really enjoyed this article.

The lessons gleaned from Benjamin Franklin’s life can benefit anyone. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Less Talk, More Action
  • Don’t Procrastinate
  • Get Moving
  • Avoid Busywork
  • Continue to Grow

We know all these things, but sometimes it’s good to be reminded!

The Top Ten Comparison Shopping Engines Compared – Q1 2012

If you have an eCommerce site, you need to stay on top of the comparison shopping engine world. More and more, this is where consumers start their product search.

Google Shopping Results Refrigerators

This article from CPC Strategy provides lots of great statistics on the top ten comparison shopping engines.

The winner: Google.

Read the article for lots of great charts and details.

Local Search Evolved

Yes, I am obsessed with local search. So, this Friday, I leave you with an infographic covering the evolution of local search.

Startling (but not surprising) statistic: As of late last year, only 37% of businesses had claimed their listing on one of the local search engines. If you’re in the 63% camp, you should get on that now!

Infographic: Local Search Evolved by MDG Advertising

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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