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Google is soon to be (and currently doing so for a select few) giving Advertisers the options of promoting their Google+ content on the GDN network. This was announced by Eran Arkin on none other than his Google+ page. I get it and I understand why some companies would want to do this, most notably for branding purposes. Yes you can engage people in a more 'social' way and in essence, as Google puts it, "make the web your social stream'....

Over the last few weeks I have noticed the disappearance of a lot of the Google authorship images in the SERPS. It didn't appear to affect all pages on a site, especially not blog pages. However there was definitely a drop in the images in the SERPS. This appears to be sorted as authorship images are definitely back in swing. I'm wondering whether there has been an update or whether Google is testing things such as authorship CTR or a completely...

No doubt you have seen it. You type something into Google search and the usual results come up. However over the last few months you have noticed more and more what looks like little icons of people showing up. You probably haven't even thought too much about it. But what if I told you these little pictures saw a 40% increase in SERP CTR? Does that make you think differently? Some webmasters and SEO's have noticed a definite increase in CTR when using...

There is nothing more frustrating than getting a hard earned review uploaded by a client, just to have it removed for no particular reason other than.. well.. no reason! I have seen this occur more and more recently with Google coming down hard on reviews and in many cases, for no apparent reason. Yes some dodgy and fake reviews end up getting the boot but along with those go a large number of perfectly legitimate ones. Is Google looking at filtering...

Google Maps strikes again with international numbers confusing Google resulting in some irregular phone numbers. We had this recently occur with a client when we activated their Google+ page on top of their Google Places page (yes.. it is confusing!). The fix of this problem is quite simple, just login in and change the number on your places as well as your Google+ page. Makes me wonder whether it was worth obtaining a Google+ page in addition to the Google places page.....

So you thought this was going to be a straight forward merger right? Ha! Google's ability to make stuff this this confusing keeps me in the job! I was going to sit here and write a full blown step by step process on how to merge your Google+ page and your Google+ Local page but the Google local guru Mike Blumethol does ti pretty well here. What are the advantages and what are the differences between Google+ Local and Google+ business...

Just like Facebook did a few years back, Google+ is now rolling out vanity URLs for people and pages. There is no particular deadline or date they have said other than it will happen "over time". I'm not sure why it took so long considering companies have been advertising to visit their Facebook page easily by saying something along the lines of "Visit us on Facebook.com/companyblabla". For Google+ they needed to say visit us on plus.google.com/117587965410771474917 forward slash post. Err. Yeh. Now...

So Google+ Local is official. Google has had another name change for Local Search, Google Maps, Google Places, Places for business and every other reiteration of Google Places they have come up with. Now its called Google+ Local and its being rolled out as we speak. I am actually yet to see it come through in Australian local searches but as per usual, we should give the roll out a bit of time before we experience anything here. However you can...