ReachLocal is a Premier SMB Partner with Google

Not only is ReachLocal a Premier SMB Partner with Google but we are the largest global partner and received the award for Highest Quality Accounts.



Google Panda 4.0 Update | Local 7-Pack Updated | SEO News



So it’s out! Matt Cutts has mentioned that Google Panda 4.0 was launched this Tuesday.

But it appears Maps are also updated.

Coincidence? Part of Panda or just part of another roll out at the same time? It is something that I have seen is going to really start to disrupt the local seo listings of google’s famous 7-pack A-G maps listings that gets incorporated into search engine results page listings.

Before, if you typed in a search phrase that triggered a local a-g listing eg. plumber, mechanic, electrician, etc. your location was determined by ip and you were shown a map of the city you were in and given 7 listings and a map of where they were. (see pics)

now it appears google has tightened the map radius to better serve more local choices (from what i see here in the san jose area north central and south san jose have their own sections now)

What does this mean? By making the results smaller you will now have new choices of businesses that are geographically closer to you, what it also means is that the companies that were showing up before might not be in those new areas and get less traffic. This type of deregulation of the monopoly on basic keywords is going allow customers to find new businesses that were previously not showing up.

It should also open up a new wave of local seo targets for seo companies to sell their products to business owners looking to gain exposure on the 1st page of google.

Feel free to post your thoughts and comments on my blogs. I would love to hear if anyone else has noticed / experienced this.


Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo | Reachlocal San Jose | Online Marketing

We will be having a Display Booth at the Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo

It is today here are the details:

Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054



Grow Your Business! Attend the Inaugural Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo on April 10.


**Pre Registration for this event is now closed. Walk ins are welcome!** 

Mix and Mingle with 1,000 chamber members and non-members at the Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo. Over 100 table top booths will be featured at this Xpo. Please note, we are sold out of table top booths.


Click here to register for all Seminars

2-3:15 p.m. How Business Owners Make More Money and Have More Time

3:30-4:45 p.m. Build Your Brand – Build Your Business: Social, Video, Email, & Other Marketing Tools to Take Your Business to the Next Level

3:30-4:45 p.m. Business Opportunities through Super Bowl 50 – Are you interested in learning how your business can benefit from Super Bowl 50?

The Following Chambers are Participating:

Cupertino Chamber of Commerce | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley | Los Altos Chamber of Commerce | Mountain View Chamber of Commerce | Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce | San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce | Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce | Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce | Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce

Additional Details:

— Cost of Parking: FREE
— Where in the Santa Clara Convention Center will the Xpo be: HALL D
— Attendee check in will take place in the Great America Lobby, located outside HALL D
— Directions: Click here to view google map
— CASH BAR, please plan accordingly

And don’t forget . . . bring plenty of business cards!


Facebook Ads | Social Media Marketing | Best Tips


What size should my ad image be?

For all ads, the best size image to upload is 1200×627 pixels, and Facebook recommends a minimum width of 600 pixels for images appearing in News Feed. Depending on what type of ad you’re creating, there also may be a recommended image size in the Ads Product Guide.

If your image is larger or smaller than the dimensions specified, it will be automatically resized. Animated or flash images are not supported.


How To Call Google To Fix Google Plus / Google Places Listings

If you are in USA and need help with problems with your google plus / places page listings you can call google through their website (you give them your contact number and then they call you)

here is the current link:

call google


Google Honors ReachLocal with North America Premier SMB Partner Award for “Best Quality Accounts”

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Still think the grass is greener on the other side? Think Again! Google has just announced the winner of the Premier SMB Partner Award for Best Quality and drum roll,,,,,,,,,,,,, ReachLocal has won! 🙂

Not only is ReachLocal a Premier SMB partner (the highest level achieved available) but we are also the exclusive Global SMB Partner with offices in almost every major continent.

“Our participation in the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Program underscores our commitment to helping local businesses harness the power of digital to help attract customers and grow their businesses,” said Josh Claman, president of ReachLocal. “Receipt of these awards is an honor and validation of our online marketing leadership and proficiency.”


Tit for Tat Developments @ Yelp | Reputation Management | Internet Marketing News


In what the Washington Times is calling a decision “that could reshape the rules for online consumer reviews,” a Virginia court has ruled that Yelp must identify seven anonymous reviewers who left negative reviews for a carpet-cleaning business. In turn, the carpet-cleaning business will then be allowed to sue the Yelpers for defamation.

“We are disappointed that the Virginia Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that fails to adequately protect free speech rights on the internet, and which allows businesses to seek personal details about website users — without any evidence of wrongdoing — in efforts to silence online critics,” Yelp spokesman Vince Sollitto said in a statement. “Other states require that plaintiffs lay out actual facts before such information is allowed to be obtained, and have adopted strong protections in order to prevent online speech from being stifled by those upset with what has been said. We continue to urge Virginia to do the same.”

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Blogger Matt McGee writes “It’s been almost a year and a half since Yelp began issuing Consumer Alerts when a business on its site has been caught trying to get fake reviews; but after a cautious start, that program appears to be turning up the heat.”

This comes after news of an interview from the UK telegraph publication where Yelp chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman explains how the company is catching local businesses that pay for fake reviews red handed.

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