- 25 Jan
Google’s Algorithm Updates Dive Bomb Local Businesses
by Chad Crowe
Businesses hoping to gain or retain a spot in the coveted “map pack”. The “map pack” are the three highly visible local listing spots by the map and above the organic search results. And after two recent algorithm updates by Google there have been significant effects on local businesses.
Google’s Updates – What They Mean to You
The first of these game-changing updates for local search occurred in September 2016. This update was intended to diversify the results that appear in the map pack. Named “Possum” by the SEO community, this update filtered out businesses with similar data points.
These updates focused on businesses that had the same address or ownership as other businesses with similar services. Yep. You guessed it. The very tactic that a lot of small SEO companies would sell as traffic builders is now – well, not so much. Before, your update would have only been filtered out if you had the same domain or phone number as another listing.
So, to learn what the effect on your local businesses can be and what you can do about it, read the full article at ChiefMarketer.com