Local SEO and Marketing Q&A Session August 12, 2022

Each week, Greg and Ben answer your questions on digital marketing for local businesses … local search engine optimization (SEO), Google Business Profile, social media, email marketing, websites, online advertising and more.

This Week’s Updates and Questions

  • LocalU conference highlights.
  • New terminology for discussing missing review bugs.
  • Duplicate content in posts now falls under spam.
  • Local Service Ad Spam issues.
  • My GBP has been disabled because of address issues – what should I do before requesting a reinstatement?
  • What should I do if a service appears under a different business’s name at another address?
  • How should I deal with spam locations when Google won’t do anything about it?
  • Should I have separate websites for different locations, when one location offers less services?
  • How do I block crawler sites and ghosts spam sites from messing up tracking dashboards?
  • What are some budgeting tips for link building?
  • Links to my website on GBP have disappeared – is this a bug?
  • What is the best practice for dealing with clients who only provide stock photos?
  • Since the GBP Dashboard is gone for accounts with only 1 business, when a 2nd business is verified, does the dashboard come back?
  • I want my homepage to target law firms, but I also do web-design for other verticals – how do I optimize for both?
  • Should I reply to 1 star reviews with no content that appear to be spam?
  • How do I set realistic expectations for a client who is expecting me to remove reviews that look like genuine grievances from their customers?
  • Why can some restaurants add “Products” and some can’t?
  • I was a Google Local Guide who was recently banned. How do I get reinstated? 
  • How do I deal with a competitor that has three companies at the same location in the same suite?

Links from This Week’s Questions

Tools for uploading photos