Google finally goes “local directory” in Place Pages
Google had been lagging behind sites like Yelp.com in providing a place to find information about businesses. If you did a local search, you would have a “More info…” link that would expand your search result inside the map and have tabs that were badly organized. Not anymore. Enter Place Pages. Google explains it well: “Now, instead of just getting a slightly bigger bubble, you’ll get an entire page of rich details, like photos, videos, a Street View preview, nearby transit, reviews and related websites.”
But don’t let them fool you. This is not just a minor improvement. This is a major entry in the directory website world. Think MerchantCircle, Yelp, CitySearch, etc.
Recently, Google seems to have updated their algorithm for when they show the mapped results (or, “OneBox”). It used to be that the OneBox would show up when viewing 10 results at a time for many most local searches. Now, the OneBox only shows up when viewing locally relevant industries or when a certain number of results are displayed at once. Continue reading “New Google search results — OneBox is upgraded”
I went to Google Maps today, and I found that Google has updated its Street View functionality to include almost ALL of Denver and the suburbs, including Boulder. This is a CRAZY amount of information. It’s a truly boggling accomplishment. I’m kind of shocked.Check out Street View yourself.