Google Updates Local Search Algorithm: SEO’s Report Ranking Changes

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Over the weekend Google released another search algorithm update, this time to their Local Search Algorithm.  An article by Search Engine Land, the updated has appropriately dubbed this the “Pigeon” update, which will most likely stick, as this appears to be a significant update.

The algorithm update will provide more accurate and relevant local search results that are linked to organic search results within the Google Maps feature, also know as Google Places.  This is critical for local businesses and SEOs as it appears that the two sets of search queries will now be tied more closely together. As you build authority organically, your local results should improve as well.

One of the key new features as reported by Search Engine Land is the improvement of location and distance ranking parameters, Knowledge Graph, and spelling correction which will all improve search results for relevant queries.

This update is a…

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The poem erected (2)

Originally posted on valeriu dg barbu :

Trilingual post: English, Italiano, Română

You might believe that all illegitimate children
are conceived through photosynthesis
That you could save the love
putting aside for times of eucharis
That suffice it to say words stereotyped
conventional tender
as the prayers in a hurry
You might believe that all the nerves
are plotting in tune with the virtues
to transform them in some way in the vices
and that being a poet is a kind of disability
as a patient who is suffering from a venereal
or a pencil impaled straight in the spine
a finger always superfluous
You might believe that you could become erect, only sitting, first,
a long time humble in the emptied itself
in the end
we keep the word, even in silence
as of the elastic sticks
to scare away stray dogs of fate
and not to lose ourselves in that wandering on who we going

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Overcome Your Fear of Conflict

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

Many of us try to avoid confrontation. Instead of addressing issues directly, we try to be “nice” and then later vent about the frustration eating away at us. This can take a significant toll on our health and self-esteem — and on our work relationships and reputation. Next time you notice yourself shying away from conflict, focus on the business needs and speak objectively. For example, if you have a coworker who always interrupts you in meetings, explain the need to present a unified front: “In the last meeting, I noticed we were interacting in a way that may be throwing off the team.

It’s important to appear united. Can we determine our roles in advance or establish cues for when it’s time to pass the baton?” People avoid conflict because they assume that it has to be aggressive or disrespectful. It doesn’t — if you remain approachable, non-judgmental, and…

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Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros get updates with doubled RAM and slightly faster processors

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Apple(s appl) updated its Retina MacBook Pro line on Tuesday, updating the processors in every model and adding a few new built-to order options. There are new Haswell processors into both the 13-inch and 15-inch models as well as price cuts for selected models.

The 15-inch model is now packing a 2.2GHz chip and the high-end stock version comes with a 2.5GHz Intel processor. The more expensive stock rMBP — Apple’s closest notebook to a professional mobile workstation — received a price cut from $2600 to $2500. Both 15-inch rMBPs now come with 16GB of RAM, but unfortunately, the built-in graphics card is still the NVIDIA(s nvda) GeForce 750M, a disappointment for those hoping for an update to the GeForce 800M. Apple also added two new built-to-order upgrades for those looking to max their machines out: an option for a 1TB SSD — costing an extra $500 — and an optional upgrade to a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7.

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Social media has changed the way that war reporting works — and that’s a good thing

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

We’ve been writing for a long time at Gigaom about the ways in which the web and social media have changed the practice of journalism, so it’s nice to see the New York Times recognizing some of that. In a recent piece, media writer David Carr notes that real-time social tools like Twitter (s twtr) and YouTube (s goog) have altered the way many of us experience events like the civil war in Ukraine or the violence in Gaza. He doesn’t really address whether this is positive or negative, but it’s easy to make the case that we are much better off now.

If Israeli rockets had hit Gaza or Ukrainian rebels had shot down a commercial airliner before the arrival of the social web, most of us would have been forced to rely on reports from traditional journalists working for a handful of mainstream media sources — some of…

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EmpireAvenue.com why and how to use it! #EAv-Blogathon

Originally posted on Empire Avenue:

TWO WORDS: Syndication and Evaluation!

Empire Avenue is a website that is set up like an investment broker and social media got together and created a crazy (addicting!) baby that is both entertaining and incredibly useful! I recommend all marketers/bloggers/etc. go on to Empireavenue.com for at least 5-10 minutes per day and here’s why:

First, let’s describe a little about what it is and how it works. You start out with a base amount of online currency called “eaves” (no you don’t have to pay real life money for them, although you can if you want to get going more quickly). You accrue these eaves by completing missions created by other players, and by playing the social stock market.

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You can read more of Courtney Michelle Zeller’s blog post here 

This is an entry in  Empire Avenue’s Blog_a_thon which takes place on 25th /29th July

To enter your blog post…

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