Google My Business

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Easy to Use

Google has consolidated Google Places, Google Plus Brand Pages and Google Local into one interface, much to the relief of Google Plus users everywhere. Since then, brand owners have been benefiting from the easy to use Google My Business dashboard, which lets you monitor performance and access Analytics and AdWords all from one place.

Lots of Info

But these are not the only benefits to companies minding their Google My Business. From the easy-to-use dashboard, business owners can also manage the information displayed on Google Maps, collect and respond to reviews as they come in, track website page views, clicks and demographics, as well as monitor engagement and manage your Google Plus page at any time.

Easy to Fix

Who hasn’t found that they have a number of business pages collected up over the years? Perhaps they are under different logins too and basically its all a bit of a mess. As long as you can log into each page as the owner then you can assign ownership of the page to a new owner until all pages are under the same ownership account.

Options in Settings

Under settings there is an option to connect a local page and a brand page together which effectively moves the local attributes over to the brand page ie reviews, verification, map connectivity. Then the ‘old’ local page is labelled as a backup and you can move forward with one primary branded local page.

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Google Plus improve your SEO

Google treate Google+ just like any other page on the web. Google Plus content will be efficiently indexed by Google, it will gain page rank and appear in Google’s search results.

Google pluss og SEOGoogle Plus content you publish, stays around and gains page rank, gives page rank and appears in search results over a long period. It appears Google Plus posts can retain ranking indefinitely with some posts over a year old still top of search result pages. Compare this to the 15 minutes of life a standard tweet is estimated to have.

Posts you create, allow you capture SERP real estate as they appear on Google search page results, thus your audience may find your Google Plus content through a standard Google search.

Google+ authorship provides you with a higher visual profile in search results.  By validating your Google Plus profile with sites where you publish, you will enable your image to appear next to the search results and attract greater visual attention on search pages.

Use of Google authorship is tied to content authority. Google will give a higher profile to authoritative content in search results. If an author posts interesting content which is shared and receives plus ones, this will potentially lead to higher authority. There is growing evidence that Google+ authorship improves your authority and search performance.

Google Plus authorship and the Google Plus social layer provides a wide range of social signals that may improve the social media optimisation of your content and SEO. This is more complicated as the number of followers, people in your circles or number of Plus Ones. What appears to be far more important is the interaction between you and your content and others of a high authority. (F.eks) If a high authority person shares your content this will improve your own authority.

Social signals from platforms will become more important in determining search results. This is the social media optimisation (SMO) of SEO. Social signals provide a much better way of filtering out the noise and improving the quality of search results. This is a trend that will continue because it is a much better way of understanding what people really want, which is one of Google’s founding principles.”

The featured link in a Google Plus post will pass page rank to the page to which it links. Note there is a no follow for links included in the body of a Google Plus post, you must use the featured link. If you connect a Google Plus page to your website this will increase the relevancy of your website content and support your search ranking. Links from regular websites to Google Plus content can also pass page rank authority in the other direction back to your Google Plus posts and pages.

The use of hashtags (#), in Google Plus connects every post to a search on the platform.

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