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Old December 26th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #61
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Back in August, Google changed up its desktop search results for local businesses. Originally, local search results were grouped as a package of seven, highlighting seven local businesses that matched a user’s query. While on mobile devices, this package was reduced to three to save space. Now, the desktop listings match their mobile counterparts—users have only three local businesses to choose from.

If your business only has one or two competitors in your area, this may not seem like a big deal. But most of us, who deal with several competitors, are now facing an even tougher level of competition to earn a slot in that local 3-pack. Had you been ranked in the fourth spot, this change would have been especially frustrating.

Don’t worry. With the right resources and a proper ongoing strategy, it’s completely possible for any business to earn their way in (or back in) to one of those three coveted positions.

First Things First: Don’t Panic

Those top three positions may seem like they’re all that matters. Certainly, attaining one of these three positions can be helpful, but don’t panic if you’re not in one of them. It’s still possible that you’ll rank elsewhere (assuming you have a good SEO strategy in place) and of course it’s possible to achieve online visibility through other means.

Also keep in mind that Google doesn’t roll out updates because it likes to toy with business owners (even if it seems that way sometimes). If it got rid of ranks four through seven in the old seven-pack, chances are, on average, users weren’t clicking on them enough to justify their existence.
So, I checked it out, did a web search for "restaurants near me." Yep, three returns, but at the bottom of the third one was a link: More places. Clicked that and got 20 more hits.

I'm going to take a wait and see attitude. The current broadband providers are thieves every one of them. My wife had 30-35 Mbps wi-fi eight years ago for a tenth of what I pay for a 12 Mbps connection.

The problem is: the current providers own the hard lines whether copper or fiber optic.
The three restaurants are ranked in order of closest proximity to you. If you are googling in a high restaurant density area, each .1 mile or even a single block you go in any direction will change the search results. If there is a tie, the algorithm then calculates the Google users total reviews and star ratings.

The days of getting on top of the page with paid sites highlighted in pink and indented were done away with before Net Neutrality, because Google users revolted and defected to different search engines.

Google also did away with allowing third party services to use spiders and bots to artificially created more hits and links to push businesses to the top of the list. Again, done because of public outcry and before Net Neutrality.

I personally feel that we are all paying too much, but as for your wife's connection, there are a few things to remember;

Just about everything in Ukraine cost less, much of it due to wages and cost of living. What were all the Ukrainians, including the workers of the ISP making as a wage compared to us at the same time? I don't know about back then, but today, Eastern Europe is taking away manufacturing jobs from China. Among comparable products in recent times, items made in Poland, Czech Republic, and Ukraine been cheaper than their Chinese counterparts.

While the US may seem advanced in technology, we are also burdened with an aging infrastructure that some other countries may not or have ever had and so was able to leapfrog us in certain areas. If one is starting from scratch, there is no investment in earlier technology and infrastructure that still needs to be paid for.
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Old December 26th, 2017, 07:48 PM   #62
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Back in August, Google changed up its desktop search results for local businesses. Originally, local search results were grouped as a package of seven, highlighting seven local businesses that matched a userís query. While on mobile devices, this package was reduced to three to save space. Now, the desktop listings match their mobile counterpartsóusers have only three local businesses to choose from.

If your business only has one or two competitors in your area, this may not seem like a big deal. But most of us, who deal with several competitors, are now facing an even tougher level of competition to earn a slot in that local 3-pack. Had you been ranked in the fourth spot, this change would have been especially frustrating.

Donít worry. With the right resources and a proper ongoing strategy, itís completely possible for any business to earn their way in (or back in) to one of those three coveted positions.

First Things First: Donít Panic

Those top three positions may seem like theyíre all that matters. Certainly, attaining one of these three positions can be helpful, but donít panic if youíre not in one of them. Itís still possible that youíll rank elsewhere (assuming you have a good SEO strategy in place) and of course itís possible to achieve online visibility through other means.

Also keep in mind that Google doesnít roll out updates because it likes to toy with business owners (even if it seems that way sometimes). If it got rid of ranks four through seven in the old seven-pack, chances are, on average, users werenít clicking on them enough to justify their existence.
So, I checked it out, did a web search for "restaurants near me." Yep, three returns, but at the bottom of the third one was a link: More places. Clicked that and got 20 more hits.

I'm going to take a wait and see attitude. The current broadband providers are thieves every one of them. My wife had 30-35 Mbps wi-fi eight years ago for a tenth of what I pay for a 12 Mbps connection.

The problem is: the current providers own the hard lines whether copper or fiber optic.
So you want to nationalize the communication industry? Obama phones for all?
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