Stealing Customers Through Google Maps

Is it possible to steal customers looking for your competition in Google Maps? It not only appears as if you can, but it might be trivially easy and somewhat troubling that it’s possible. It’s also a good reason why it’s important to register your business with Google Maps and other local search services and have at the very least a single page website listing your company info.
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How Many Companies Can A Search Engine Buy?

It seems like every Friday when I’m putting together my This Week In SEO post a sizable chunk of the search engine news deals with acquisitions by the major engines. Via SEO Scoop I happened across this timeline of mergers and acquisitions for Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, since 2001 and thought it interesting enough to share.
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How Do You Want Me To Handle Comments?

Matt McGhee posted the comment policy he uses on Small Business SEM in response to questions from his readers. I think Matt’s policy is generally a good one, but I wanted to ask what you thought and also ask how you’d like me to treat comments here.
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How To Increase Comments On Your Blog

Does your blog feel empty due to a lack of comments? Are you wondering how to get people to interact with you?

Blogging is a conversation. It’s a dialog between you and your readers, but in the beginning when you first launch it can be hard to get people to comment leaving your blog feeling somewhat empty. An empty blog can be disheartening leaving you wondering if anyone’s reading or if you should spend your evenings doing something else. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to encourage participation and comments.
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This Week In SEO – 7/13/07

Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of This Week In SEO. I promise the following links are not unlucky and nothing bad will happen if you click on them. It’s just a day like any other. Just six days ago we had what’s supposed to be the luckiest day of the century (07/07/07) and here we are cursed with what some think is the unluckiest day of the year. Hopefully it’s not unlucky for you and you agree I collected some interesting links for your reading pleasure. If you’re superstitious just do what you can to make it through the day and relax. You have 11 more months before another Friday the 13th is upon us.
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