Local SEO and Marketing Q&A Session January 28, 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

  • SAB reinstatement address issues should be fixed.
  • Be aware that the Facebook GMB URL has been taken over by a review company.
  • Should you ask customers to write a Google review while they are still in the store?
  • New Bright Local statistics to help get better reviews.
  • FTC fines a company for deceptive review practices.
  • Webinar Highlights, what’s coming in 2022.
  • Are backlinks worth the money?
  • Do you have any advice for new reinstatement issues from Google support response times?
  • If there is a technical issue, what more can I do if I’m told there’s no news or ETA from Google support?
  • How do you handle two businesses in the same physical space on GBP?
  • Is there any evidence that using Google ads will help improve your organic ranking?
  • What can I do if I’m appearing in search, but my business is still pending after reinstatement?
  • Can I show my reviews on my website?
  • Have there been any problems with posts on GBP?
  • Is it okay to put different reviews on different pages based on the service page if I have all my reviews available in widgets?
  • After submitting a reinstatement form for a suspended GBP, receiving a reply from Google and making changes, should I submit a new reinstatement form, or reply to the original response? 
  • What are your thoughts on Local Falcon vs Local Viking?
  • If I previously used a PO box address for my GBP, should I change it?
  • Is reporting competitors to Google a good strategy for an agency?
  • I’ve reported obvious spam links to Google but they haven’t taken them down, is Google being inconsistent?
  • Any suggestions for reporting lawyers with “free consultation” in the GBP listing?
  • Does a GBP require the address on the website to match the address on the profile?
  • Can you create location pages using the category options listed on GBP?
  • Could you talk about proximity and SAB profiles?

Links from This Week’s Session