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What is Google+ Local?

What is Google+ Local?

Google+ Local helps users discover and share places. The integration of Zagat’s expressive 30-point scoring system gives you detailed insight into businesses before you visit, and Zagat summaries of user reviews help you decide where you want to go.

With Google+ Local, you can:

Get place recommendations based on your circles, your past reviews, and your location

Publish reviews and photos of your favorite places

Read Zagat summaries of user reviews for a place

View the local Google+ page for a business to see reviews, photos, and other useful information

Find reviews from people you know and trust highlighted in your search results

Ready to use Google+ Local? Just go to plus.google.com/local and start exploring!

Learn more about Google+ via What is Google+ Local? – Google+ Help.

How to easily add Google AdSense to your WordPress Blog

I have a Google AdSense account, that I use on this blog and on my personal blog and hubpages. I wanted to experiment with adding ads above and below posts on the blog, but didn’t want to have to copy/paste the ad code everytime.

I found this nifty WordPress plugin, called Google Adsense plug and play. With a neat interface that allowed me to easily link to my publisher account and choose the ad units I wanted to display and where.

adsense-plug-play

MailChimp Analytics360: Can’t Connect to Google Analytics

While trying to integrate the Analytics360 plugin from MailChimp with my WordPress blog, I kept getting the following error:

The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:

The site “http://mydomain.com” has not been registered.

A little Googling around brought me to the WordPress forum, with this most perfect solution.

Here is the answer in short you need to register your domain with Google. You can do it here: https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageDomains

Type in domain and click add
click Manage yourdomain.com
agree to terms and services
type in http://yourdomain.com
type in description of site or title
click save
click return
Go back to Analytics360 and click authenticate
Everything should work like butter now. I found the answer on at this site – rjmetrics I hope this helps.

 

Useful SEO Habits to adopt NOW

The following is summarized from from Search Engine Journal‘s article:Search Engine Journal SEO Strategies Important SEO Habits to Adopt for Post Panda-Penguin Era Survival

  • Think Originality and Relevance

Make your content original and relevant. Provide users with USEFUL information. Avoid techniques meant only for the Search Engines

  • Add Authenticity

Use tools like Google Authorship Markup, get your “by line” on your content. Let people know who you are and why they should listen to you.

  • Develop Clean Website Structure

Make sure your site can be easily crawled and that your data structure makes sense. Don’t leave the bots to crawl through a spaghetti-mess of pages.

  • Promote Locally

Use all the local tools available to you to make sure that people near you can find you -this is particularly important for brick & mortar businesses. Use Google+Local and Google+Pages, use Bing Local, and use Yext for all the rest.

Google’s Guide to Google+ For Business

http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/business/get-started.html#feat-2

Stumbled upon this downloadable guide while working on my presentation for Newtown Savings Bank’s Business Before Hours on November 29th.

Will post my thoughts on it shortly…

Later….. It’s a good read w/basic info on getting your Google+ business page setup. It doesn’t address some of the current issues for former Google Places users (can’t merge old listing w new Google+ page format, you lose all your previous Google Places reviews, etc.), but overall a good guide to getting started.

Google Docs – Frustration!

Usually, I don’t complain quite this much…but it seems that lately there are a lot of things just not working out well.

Google Docs – Shared Docs – Google Drive. Amazing and wonderful ideas. The prospect of being able to share a document with colleagues “LIVE” so that we don’t have to email a document back and forth and can actually both work on it on the same day (at the same time?) is remarkable.

However, when you’re used to the functionality of Excel, moving to Google Docs is a bit of a shock. Even something as basic as Copy and Paste doesn’t really work all that well.

I am trying to copy a column of text from a downloaded CSV file. I am using Google AdWords for keyword research for a client. So, I highlight my text, use my mouse to copy, go to the Google doc and try to use the mouse to paste. Does it work? No. It seems to have data left over from some other copy operation.

Ok, so now we know you have to use the “old-fashioned” method of copying/pasting by using <ctrl>c to copy and <ctrl>v to paste. No big deal. I can handle it.

Then I find that Google Docs is actually changing the contents of my cells as I paste them. My keyphrases, downloaded from Google AdWords, are formatted to designate what AdWords match type they are: ie. “keyphrase” is a phrase-match keyword and keyphrase (without quotes) is a broad-match keyword. When I paste them into Google Docs, they are now all listed without quotes, and are, consequently, useless to me for comparison and analysis.

I did find a small bit of help in the Google Docs Help forum:

…..doubleclicking the cell first?When the cell is in edit mode, and you paste from (eg) Notepad to there, the double-quotes will be preserved.  The rest of the procedure is to convert that single cell into a range of cells.

But could not find any information on how to “convert that cell into a range of cells.” It really shouldn’t be this hard… copying and pasting is supposed to be EASY.

 

Goodbye Google Voice

When Google Voice was introduced, I campaigned heavily to get an invitation to join. I chose a phone number with an exchange in my county and began using it for my business line. I setup the line so that it would ring my home phone, my desktop computer and my cell-phone. I thought it was a perfect solution.

However, a few problems soon appeared. For one, my outgoing caller ID showed up as “Dow Chemical” to many of my clients and colleagues. Hours of research went into trying to fix that issue, but it has never been resoloved.

Then, in the last few weeks there have been several calls that right in the middle of, a voice comes on and says “this call is now being recorded.” I did not take any action to record the call, nor could I find a way to stop the recording. So I would have to hang up and call my client back on my home land-line. Again, much research yielded no solution.

All in all, I guess you get what you pay for. Using the free Google Voice service as my business line was not a good idea.

 

Not Set – the dilemma of who holds the data

I’m sure you’ve noticed in your analytics reports that there are now large numbers of visitors to your site that come through with the keywords (not set) and (not provided). These are the visits that came from people who were logged into their Google Accounts.

It used to be, you could see all the keyword data for all the visitors to your site. Now you can only see the keywords via Google if those visitors came through some sort of paid search, or the URL was specifically tagged with a keyword tag.

This creates holes in the data available to website owners each month when a large percentage of their visitors come in tagged with (not set) or (not provided).

You can, however, get this information for any advertising campaign you are running. The (not set) and (not provided) tags are from visitors through the natural (or “organic”) search results and not any paid advertising.

What Businesses Need to Know about Google+

by: +Joanne Marcinek

Do you sometimes feel that things are moving so fast that new technologies become a blur? I do too!  Here are some quick notes on what businesses should be aware of regarding Google+:

More soon!