Update on Malware Sites Appearing in Google’s SERPs

Greetings, readers. We have an announcement to start today’s newsletter. Our CTO, Nate, will be hosting another AMA session on Wednesday. You can register for it here. Participants are welcome to ask about local SEO, marketing, our GeoBooster mobile app– you can ask about anything, really. It’s up to you. This will be the fourth…

Apple Business Connect | Malware Alert

Hey there, everyone. The US State Department recently decreed that it will fully adopt Calibri as its standard font by February 6. To give you a quick history lesson, Calibri was the default font in Word 2007. Times New Roman, the font the State Department currently uses, was the default font in Word 2003. At…

Our Thoughts on ChatGPT

Howdy, folks. This week’s newsletter is a bit late because we moved from the US east coast to the US west coast on Tuesday. While time zones are a straightforward construct that can be fully grasped by ten-year-olds who understand the earth’s shape and the concept of rotation, we still managed to let them stymie…

2022 in Review

What a year. Many of us who grew up hearing about five-cent Coca-Cola bottles and $5,000 houses from our parents and grandparents are experiencing inflation for the first time. It kinda sucks. Overall though, our conclusion is that 2022 went pretty well.   Sure, bad things happened. Millions of people in Ukraine might disagree with…

New GeoGrid Functionality

Greetings, readers. We’d like to wish all Local Viking and Local Brand Manager users a Merry Christmas this weekend, a Happy ongoing Hannukah, or a fantastic more-obscure holiday. As it turns out, we have a bunch of presents for everyone this week. There are many meaningful updates to let everyone know about. Nate described most…

Lots of Local Viking Updates

Greetings, everyone. Congratulations if your team/country/whatever won the World Cup. It’s over, right? It was impossible to do anything online without running into a billion Qatari construction horror stories for a while there, and we haven’t seen any of those in at least a week. We aren’t big soccer people at Local Viking, but we…

December 2, 2022 Blog Post | Upcoming Features & Events

Greetings, all. We’re starting a new routine. You’ll be able to find this newsletter on the Local Viking blog from now on. In theory, at least. Although our record-keeping practices put Swiss tax auditors to shame (definitely not a joke), we’re having trouble locating the login credentials that would allow us to update said blog….

Don’t Let Your GMB Listings Languish in Pending Status

Let’s participate in a role-playing exercise. Pretend you work at an agency. One of your satisfied clients just called. Her best friend just started a personal injury law firm. Good news: thanks to your impeccable track record and a persuasive referral, a client just effortlessly landed in your lap, sight unseen. Way to go. Here’s…

The Importance of Review Generation

Hey there, Vikings. Many of you know about our just-launched reputation management business, RepCo. If you don’t, well, go take a look. The home page is rep.co. If reputation management is something you’re unfamiliar with, keep your eyes peeled for our nearly-ready ebook. Today’s blog post will be an excerpt from that book. Without further…

The New Office or Location Audit

This blog post will cover the preparations that are necessary when your client opens a new office or location. It’s not a long audit. There are only two important steps. If there’s any bad news, it’s that you may need to have an awkward talk with your client. The good news will outweigh that though…

SEO for Google Images

Google Images allows people to visually locate websites for all kinds of tasks. People are able to find recipes, DIY instructions, beauty tips, interior design pointers, and many other things by searching for them on Google Images. The pictures that users are shown can give people a direct peek at what they’re looking for, sometimes…

What You Need To Know About Page Experience

Google sums up page experience by saying it’s “making sure that people using our websites, web pages, and web apps are getting the best experience that we’re able to give them.” Keeping that in mind, the individual metrics that make up page experience will be reviewed and potentially updated every year. There are two broad…

Private Instance Pointers and Updates for Non-Agencies

Hey, Vikings. Checking in. We made significant progress this week, and a lot of our users are now established with their private instances. There are still some users who’ve got some hurdles to clear before they’re in the same boat, so we’re going to go over some recurring pitfalls we’ve seen people encounter and what…

Private Instance Developments

Hey there, Vikings. We wanted to take a moment to let everyone know how things are going with private instances. The quick summary is that our users currently fall into three camps. We have many who are already up and running on their private instances. Others have encountered bureaucratic or technical obstacles, and are therefore…

Local Viking Status Report

Howdy, Vikings. It’s time for another update. First of all, we want to thank everyone who has gone to a lot of trouble to keep their Local Viking accounts up and running. We realize that we’ve asked you to wade into serious nerd territory by asking for things like API keys and DNS records. The…

Local Viking’s Plan For The Future

Local Viking is on the verge of an exciting development. It’s a lot of work for us, but it will result in a user experience that is unmatched in the space. Let’s talk a little bit about what led us here and what to expect going forward. Local Viking started as a service that would…

Learn the Insider Secrets About GMB Reviews

The purpose of this post is to discuss the ins and outs of Google My Business reviews. We will cover best practices, dishonest review removal, and what kind of content is and isn’t allowable by Google’s guidelines. The reliability of GMB review advice available on the internet ranges from credible to ridiculous. The trustworthiness of…

[FREE] Google My Business Audit Training & Software

It’s not something we aggressively advertise, but we do a lot of consulting for agencies and marketing teams here at Local Viking. Most of those conversations include us taking existing listings through our audit process and/or helping people establish a framework for identifying and fixing GMB issues. We have gotten dozens of compliments and people…

Case Study: Save Time and Money by Using our Local “15 Minute Management Methodology”

Using multiple different tools and trying to manage workflows in multiple dashboards can make for a tedious and time-consuming management process. In this document, we will show you exactly how you can accomplish a month worth of GMB management for your clients in under 15 minutes each.    Schedule a Local Viking Demo Below we…