Tool/Service:

Multiple Tools

Date: 25th JulyG+ Improvements

Update / New Feature:

Updates & Improvements to APIs for multiple tools

Details:

Due to significant demand from our customers, we are updating and improving APIs for all our tools.

Local Search Rank Checker

  • Rank Checker API

Customers can now enter up to 10 URLs when using Rank Checker API (increased from 3)

CitationTracker, CitationBurst & Google & Plus Local Wizard

  • CitationTracker, CitationBurst & Google Plus Local Wizard API Improvements

External URLs, PDFs & CSVs are now available as part of API output when you query the reports in your accounts.

ReviewFlow, Google Plus Local Wizard & Local Search Check Up

  • Standardized approach to G+ URLs

We’ve implemented a centralized approach for G+ URLs from ReviewFlow, Google Plus Local Wizard & Local Search Check Up tools. From now on, any links to G+ will direct to only the /About page, rather than /Photos, /Posts, /Videos, etc.


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 10th JuneImproved Active Citation Finding

Update / New Feature:

Improved Citation Discovery & Accuracy for ‘Active Citations’

Details:

We have released an ‘evolution’ to our citation discovery engine. This change works behind the scenes to improve both the volume & accuracy of citations found. The upshot for customers is that we find more of their ‘Active’ citations and also pull back links to their specific citation profile pages – as opposed to category pages & search pages.


Tool/Service:

Multiple Tools

Date: 27th June Top 10 Directories

Update / New Feature:

Solution to Google Maps update & more competitor rank tracking updates

Details:

Local Search Rank Checker:

  • Due to an update which saw Google remove their map results pages, we are now using Google Maps to identify local rankings which populate the ‘Google Maps’ column. Organic results are not affected & function the same as before.
  • A part of our recent release of Competitor Rank Tracking, we’ve released the following updates:
  • Updated Local Search Rank Checker API to enable users to specify competitor URLs.
  • Updated PDF reports to include users competitors.
  • We’ve changed the default setting on Rank Checker reports to now show the most recent run, rather than the last scheduled.

Google Plus Local Wizard:

  • Due to an update which saw Google remove their map results pages, we are now using Google Maps to extract top 10 competitors & to access Google+ Local listing details.

ReviewFlow:

  • Fixed an issue where ReviewFlow reports that are scheduled for “last day” of a month would be run more than once, if the last day exceeds 28th.

CitationTracker:

  • We are now using Google Maps to help identify Potential Citations
  • Added in a new ‘Report’ page to CitationTracker roll-up reports, where customers can now see which TOP directories a specific business is listed or not listed in (see image above).

Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 16th June See competitor search rankings

New Feature:

New Feature: Track Competitor Search Rankings

Details:

We’ve released Competitor Rank Tracking for the Local Search Rank Tracking tool. You can track up to 4 competitors within each ranking report and competitor rankings are shown on an additional tab within each ranking report. Key Facts about Competitor Tracking

  • You can hand pick the competitors you want to track
  • Track up to 4 competitors per report
  • See side-by-side comparison of client vs. competitors
  • Compare Organic & Local results (not 3rd party)
  • Track 1 competitor for free – $10/month extra to track up to 4 competitors*

To view more details about Competitor Rank Tracking please see this dedicated blog post.


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 12th June citation roll ups

New Feature:

New Reports: Citation Roll-up Reports

Details:

We’ve now released CitationTracker Roll-Up Reports. Roll-up reports are a great addition to the CitationTracker tool which allow you to ‘roll-up’ citations from multiple locations and view them in 1 single report. This makes it easy to see trends & issues across multiple locations without deep diving into each report.   Key Facts:

  • Great for tracking citations for multi-location business
  • View citation status for multiple locations in 1 report
  • Focus on top 40-50 citation sites in each country
  • See which locations are & are not listed on top sites
  • Free new feature – no additional cost

For more information & to view our 4 minute videos guide, see this blog post.


Tool/Service:

CitationBurst, Admin, Google+ Local Wizard & Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 6th June New Google+ follower stats

New Feature:

New Google+ Local Wizard follower stats, plus proxy updates & CitationBurst spell checker

Details:

Admin

  • We’ve updated our proxies for the USA, UK & Australia.
  • We’ve removed the recently expired Yellowee directory from our tools in order to stay up to date.
  • We’ve significantly improved the speed of report search on “search by name” for all tools. This now only takes a couple of seconds, regardless of number of reports.
  • Our email alerts now have updated header & footer styles to improve design.

CitationBurst

  • We’ve added a spell check to the fields for both short description & full description.

Google+ Local Wizard

  • We’ve now added Google+ follower & page view numbers to the report for comparison with competitors.

Local Search Rank Checker

  • We’ve updated mark-ups for Bing Local results page due to a change from Bing

Tool/Service:

All tools & Admin

Date: 30th March CitationBurst on hold field added

New Feature / Update:

New ReviewBiz badges, Australian proxies added & new CitationBurst note design

Details:

Admin

  • New Australian proxies added in this week.

CitationBurst CitationBurst campaign notes:

  • Notes made in CitationBurst campaigns were previously shown in a pop-up.
  • We’re now showing these in a new field which makes it possible to copy the text in them (for links & email address etc.)Improvements to form filling:
  • Added data validation to phone, mobile, fax fields on Add & Edit pages to minimise field completion errors.
  • Only digits 0-9 and ( ) – + characters can now be entered.

Update to CitationBurst campaign status:

  • Added new ‘On Hold’ status to campaigns, where customer can now be alerted about any submission details that are stopping the campaign from being processed.

Local Search Rank Checker

  • For API customers, we’ve updated to allow a full debug output for 1st-50th ranking in google and other search engines.

ReviewBiz

  • We have disabled all old ReviewBiz badges (those that are approximately 2 years old) because they need to be updated in order to continue functioning.
  • We’ve sent out emails with a new code to all ReviewBiz users – so if your badge has stopped working then we recommend updating it.

ReviewFlow

  • We’ve created a raw data API for ReviewFlow so that users can now retrieve review information for one or more directories.
  • Now in the Edit Report form we are checking business listing URLs to ensure customers are tracking the listings with a correct domain name.

CitationTracker:

  • Added a very useful functionality where we keep a custom sorting order after the note has been added.
  • Additionally, on View Report we are now listing all business and its competitors’ categories in a better designed box.

Tool/Service:

BrightLocal now accepts Credit Card Payments

Date: 29th March credit card payments

New Feature:

Admin

Details:

Credit Card payments now accepted We can now facilitate credit card payments on BrightLocal. To make our Local SEO tools even more accessible we have teamed up with a well known credit card provider to offer an alternative payment option to PayPal. Up till now, we only offered PayPal as a payment option but we wanted to give our customers more choice & flexibility when using our tools. Customers can now use credit card payments for the following tools / services:


Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker & Admin

Date: 24th March bing_&_yahoo

New Feature / Update:

Local Search Rank Checker

Details:

Improvements to Bing & Yahoo tracking We have added tracking for new & additional result types in Bing, whilst also improving the back-end processing of Yahoo & Bing results to give 100% coverage and improved performance. Admin Updated profile tracking on Yelp & other directories:

  • Due to some recent changes in Yelp & 5 other directories
  • We have updated our tracking
  • This will help to bring back more accurate results

Tool/Service:

Rank Checker

Date: 11th March Video overlay

New Feature / Update:

New filters to control display of results on search ranking report

Details: We have added some new search filters which allow you to control the display of ranking results on ranking reports

  • You can filter the display so that you only view the ‘Top’ (aka the Best) result for each search term
  • You can also filter search terms to only display search terms which rank in top 10, top 20 or top 30 results
  • These report settings are ‘sticky’ so when you return to you report at a later date these settings still apply
  • These filtered settings also apply to your external URL reports and to results displayed on PDF report

Watch Video to see how these filters make your reports even more useful!


Tool/Service:

ReviewBiz, ReviewFlow, Local Search Rank Checker & CitationTracker

Date: 28th February new videos added

New Feature / Update:

Improved NAP display for ReviewBiz, New workshop videos – and ReviewFlow PDF report design updated

Details: ReviewBiz:

  • Improved NAP display for ReviewBiz
  • We’ve rolled out our enhanced listing finder & clear NAP display to ReviewBiz
  • Now you can spot which listings are for your business and easily swap them before creating your badge

ReviewFlow

  • PDF report designs now updated

Workshops videos

  • Workshop videos added
  • 2 new 20 minute videos added for CitationBurst & Local SEO Check-Up
  • Local Search Rank Checker & CitationTracker videos to follow next week

Local Search Rank Checker

  • CSV & PDF report buttons added back in 

CitationTracker

  • CSV upload enhancements made

 


Tool/Service:

ReviewFlow, Local Search Rank Checker & Admin

Date: 21st February rank checker time periods pdf

New Feature / Update:

Improved profile finding on ReviewFlow, plus re-design of page headers to support new video guides

Details: All Tools:

  • New Hardware  - We’ve added some new hardware which speeds up page loading & report rendering.
  • New report design & Videos - We cleaned the designs of page headers on reports & tool pages, which frees up valuable space to display our new video guides more clearly.
  • Helpful tutorials for new users - We’ve added interactive walk-through tutorials on certain pages to help new users know how to use our tools & navigate around the admin console.

ReviewFlow

  • Improved profile finding on ReviewFlow – we now display the full NAP of each listing we find.
  • This makes it easier to tell if we have found the correct profile for your business.
  • We’ve also made it easier to ‘swap’ the listing or add a new listing to a review site.
  • Updated PDFs – We’ve updated ReviewFlow PDFs to show star ratings more clearly.

Local Search Rank Checker

  • Rank Checker PDF reports now display charts for different time periods.

Google+ Local Wizard / Local SEO Check-Up

  • Added handling for additional Google+ page types updated our proxy list to increase accuracy. 

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker, Local Search Rank Checker & Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 14th February Sort by search engines

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Now filter by Search Engine on Local SEO Rank Checker, plus improved Client bulk uploading

Details: Local Search Rank Checker:

  • New Feature – You can now filter by search engine on Rank Checker reports.

CitationTracker

  • For clients – When bulk uploading data, “Town & Phone Number” fields are now required for API & CSV.
  • This improvement reduces any chances of error.

Google+ Local Wizard

  • Improved ‘URL’ grabbing to ensure we take the source code instead of the ‘visual’ URL.


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker & Admin

Date: 7th February

Update/Improvement:

Improved CitationTracker & ‘Town Search’ added to Google+ Local Wizard

Details: CitationTracker:

  • Client competitor citations has now been updated.
  • The CitationTracker tool now provides exactly the same results as you would find on a manual search for competitor citations.
  • Previously, we noticed that CitationTracker & Google+ Local Wizard could confuse citations for the same business. We’ve now added ‘town search’ to the Google+ Local Wizard algorithm to avoid this in future.
  • The result of the above means that we may return slightly less results – but these are of a higher quality.

Admin

  • We’ve updated our proxy list to increase accuracy.
  • We now use Ajax to sort tabs in tool menus – better sorting method.
  • Added a rule which rejects any client CSV uploads that have errors in them – this previously created issues with missing data.
  • The above rule is to be released on CitationTracker & Local Search Rank Checker in the near future.

Tool/Service:

Local SEO Check Up

Date: 21st January local SEO check up new designs

Update/Improvement:

New designs for Local SEO Check Up Reports

Details: New design change:

  • We’ve updated to a new design for the Local SEO Check up reports
  • The new designs make reports more useful, attractive & easer to digest

Run or re-run a report to view the new designs:

  • All new (or re-run) reports will be implemented with the new design
  • Older reports will continue to use the existing design
  • Run a new report now to see the changes

Go to Local SEO Check Up


Tool/Service:

Citation Tracker, CitationBurst, ReviewFlow, Google+ Local Wizard, Local SEO Check Up & Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 20th January Welcome email 1

Update/Improvement/New feature:

New & improved Welcome Emails, Amendments to Citation Tracker, ReviewFlow

Details: Welcome emails:

  • Updated & improved design to all of our ‘Welcome Emails’ for new Free trialists

Citation Tracker:

  • Fix to ensure that all notes created by users remain in place when new reports are re-run

CitationBurst:

  • Fix to amend incorrect number of Citation credits being shown within the CitationBurst overview for some accounts
  • Update to some customer accounts which failed to update payment status once CitationBurst campaigns had been purchased

ReviewFlow:

  • Reviewed criteria which previously stated that corresponding G+ URLs must have a numeric string in them. A new format now looks for ‘Business Name’ also

Admin:

  • Added useable ‘tags’ to be added for clients
  • These tag fields can be added to both ‘Add client’ & ‘Edit Client / Company Info’ pages
  • Tags are searchable & linked to Client IDs

Google + Local Wizard:

  • Google Places fix on Citation Tracker & Google + Local Wizard
  • Added a fix to custom G+ URLs. By default we now open “About” page instead of “Posts”

Local SEO Check Up:

  • Fix put in place for FourSquare, where City or State was not always showing up

Local Search Rank Checker:

  • Improvement to Roll Up Reports – Added add a ‘Last Run’ column between Search Terms & Ranking Change
  • Change to allow ‘de-selected’ Search Engines to remain when switching between different search terms

Tool/Service:

Rank Checker Roll Up Reports

Date: 8th January roll up reporting

Update/Improvement/New feature:

New feature to the Local Search Rank Checker – the Roll Up reports

Details: Roll Up reports:

  • Aggregate multiple ranking reports into 1 large overview report
  • These roll-up reports replace the much older Summary reports which have been part of our offering for the last 2 years
  • Roll-Up reports offer greater detail and give you more control over how you view your ranking results
  • Useful for those who manage clients that have multiple locations or franchises

More Benefits:

  • See which locations/clients are ranking the best
  • See which locations/clients are ranking the worst
  • See which locations/clients have gone up or down most
  • See which search term ‘groups’ perform best

  • Compare recent results against reports run in the last 30/90 days, 6/12 months, or all time

Read more & watch the video


Tool/Service:

Local SEO Check-up, ReviewFlow & Admin

Date: 6th January LSCU location emulation

New feature:

New features for Local SEO Check-up &  tweaks to ReviewFlow tracking – Plus improvements client uploading

Details: Local SEO Check-up:

  • New feature to add location emulation functionality
  • Locations added for both Google & Bing
  • The ‘Set your Search Location’ now appears in the ‘Your Search Terms section’, just before ‘Enter your search terms’ field.

ReviewFlow:

  • Due to a change in the Google review mark-up, we updated ReviewFlow to continue grabbing reviews seamlessly
  • Updated Merchant Circle settings to include main page as well as main page when tracking reviews
  • Added a filter to stop using ‘tag’ URLs for Yellowbot
  • Updated links on PDF reports to take you directly to where the review was written

Admin:

  • Client admin – Extended client CSV upload function to cover additional content, including working hours, description, payment methods, etc.
  • Modified Client CSV upload so that ‘Add / Edit Client’ can also be uploaded
  • Separate URLs added to tabs in areas where we have pages with multiple tabs - users can now link to each tab directly

Tool/Service:

Admin, Citation Tracker, CitationBurst, Local Search Rank Checker & ReviewFlow

Date: 16th December add bulk citations

Update/Improvement/New feature:

New bulk uploading of reports on Citation Tracker – Plus updates on other tools

Details: Admin:

  • New feature to distribute password as soon as a new user is added
  • Message styling updated for all trial users
  • Added a link to ‘See your updating report(s)’ on all tools
  • New Chrome Web Driver now working

Citation Tracker – New Feature!:

  • Users can now bulk upload Citation Tracker reports

CitationBurst:

  • The “link in notes” is now clickable

Local Search Rank Checker:

  • In report interface, search engine check boxes start unselected by default

ReviewFlow:

  • ReviewFlow now added to custom packages
  • Fixed Local.com to now grab review count & rating
  • Improvement – directories will now flag up if reviews are irretrievable
  • Fixed – YellowPages, MerchantCircle & Manta – Review / report content issues
  • Fixed – Made improved amendments to total review count in reports

Tool/Service:

ReviewFlow

Date: 11th December ReviewFlow

Update/Improvement/New feature:

New review tracking tool released – ReviewFlow

Details: Track all your reviews: ReviewFlow is a new tool that will find & monitor your online reviews on 16 leading review sites such as Google+, Yelp, CitySearch, SuperPages, YP.com & InsiderPages. It pulls all your reviews into 1 report and presents the data in a clear set of tables & charts. Visualize review growth over time: ReviewFlow reports come with interactive charts that enable you to monitor your Review growth & Star Rating over time. It tracks each review site independently but also aggregates reviews & ratings to produce an average score. See reviews by site & star rating: ReviewFlow easily shows which sites you have reviews on, and which sites have the best & worst rating for your business. Reviews are grouped by Star Rating enabling the user to react quickly to any positive / negative reviews. Read more about ReviewFlow


Tool/Service:

Rank Checker, Google+ Local Wizard, Admin

Date: 4th December Advanced Settings

Update/Improvement/New feature:

Changed report form, New page design, Tool improvements

Details: Local SEO Rank Checker: We decided that Rank Checker’s report form is a bit too busy, so we did some re-arrangements. From now on all extra features (Name Tracking, External URL etc.) you can find under ‘Advanced Settings’ section. We are planning to add more new features there too. So keep tuned! Google+ Local Wizard: We added another custom Google+ URL structure to Google+ Local Wizard tool, so we could grab information from those listings too. URL example: https://plus.google.com/+CompanyName Admin: We updated ‘Account Validation’ page design.


Tool/Service:

All Tools

Date: 2nd December Payment Success Page Design

Update/Improvement/New feature:

Sorting functionality, Additional filters, Enhancements to report completion time, New designs

Details: All tools: We added a sort by name & date functionality to all tools’ summary pages. Now you can sort reports alphabetically based on a report name or report run date. Rank Checker & SEO check-up: Improved priority assignment to jobs. So jobs that belong to the same report should be equally prioritized whilst still being randomized. This results in fewer blocks and a quicker report completion time. CitationTracker: Added multiple domain restriction filters to Old & Potential Citations to get only relevant results and avoid unnecessary foreign domains (.de, .fr etc…). Admin:

  • New “Payment Success” page design.
  • New “Payment Fail” page design.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker & Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 18th November Google omitted results

Update/Improvement:

Multiple enhancements to improve the quality of results

Details:

  • Added extra filters to new reports and new report runs to remove citations that lead to: .edu, .gov, .pdf, .csv, .jpeg, .png pages.
  • Added extra filters to new reports and new report runs to remove certain low quality & spammy ‘phone number’ sites which include words like: reverse, phone, caller, call, number in their domain.
  • Updated our site blacklist to make sure that we would only return sites that have value to business.
  • For ‘Potential citations’ we stopped bringing sites which have domain authority under 15/100.
  • For ‘Old citations’ we added a phone number look-up to make sure that we find all relevant citations.
  • We included ‘omitted’ Google results to make sure that we wouldn’t miss any relevant to business citations.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 11th November

Database Update:

Faster Report Loading!

Details: We have completed a major update to the CitationTracker database. This has enabled us to make CitationTracker leaner & meaner; report pages now load faster and in-report actions such as update/delete citations are more efficient.


Tool/Service:

Mixed Tools

Date: 8th November Location on SEO Check-up Report

Update/Improvement:

Design updates & enhancements to improve user experience

Details: Admin:

  • Removed ‘Admin’ button from a header and replaced it with ‘Free Daily Training Workshops’ banner. This should bring more awareness to users that we are more than happy to show everyone how to use our tools and answer all their questions.
  • Updated ‘Invoice’ design to match it html version.

Local SEO Check-up:

  • On ‘Add Report’ page we merged 2 steps into 1, allowing users to create their repors even quicker.

Local Search Rank Checker:

  • We are displaying Google Search Location on Rank Checker reports if a user sets one in report settings.

Google+ Local Wizard:

  • Now we are allowing to run reports using a new Google+ URL structure that uses a business name. For ex. https://plus.google.com/+HaydonStreetInnHealdsburg/about.

CitationTracker:

  • We added a citation count for active, pending, potential & old citations to a pdf report.

Tool/Service:

ReviewBiz

Date: 31st October New ReviewBiz badge design

Update/Improvement:

New ReviewBiz badge designs

Details: We released new shiny ReviewBiz badges. They are much more colourful and a pleasure to look at, so will definitely stand out on your website. Reviews have never been so fun to read before!

  • To update an already existing badge – you will have to create a new badge and ‘paste’ the code on your website.

Tool/Service:

Server Update

Date: 30th October

Update/Improvement:

Server upgrade to improve site speed & performance

Details: We moved BrightLocal over to a new & highly scalable server infrastructure. We have beefed up the servers and made a number of optimizations which are intended to increase site speed and report processing time. This is part of an ongoing series of improvements and we have more changes to come this week/next week.


Tool/Service:

Admin, Rank Checker, SEO Check-up, Citation Tracker

Date: 29th October

Update/Improvement/Bug fix:

Design updates, enhancements & small bug fixes

Details:

  • Local Search Rank Checker: a small design update that allows users manage their reports easier.
  • Local Search Rank Checker: fixed a small bug on external URL reports that stopped the charts from being displayed.
  • Package design: updated package design when changing a package in Admin Area. Now it’s as sleek as the one on our front page one.
  • Local SEO Check-up: updated Merchant Circle mark-up to make sure, we are grabbing correct business details.
  • Citation Tracker: fixed a small bug which stopped importing a chart into a pdf report.

Tool/Service:

ReviewBiz

Date: 18th October

New Feature:

Code refactoring & enhancements to improve business profile look-up

Details: We completely re-factored business listing url look-up.

  • Now we can dig out any business’ listing. If it’s on Google – we will find it!
  • In addition, we added an extra phone number look-up to bring back even higher quality results.
  • Furthermore, all searches are being done simultaneously. That significantly reduces your business url look-up time.

Tool/Service:

ReviewBiz

Date: 8th October ReviewBiz custom directory

New Feature:

Ability to add custom directories to a badge

Details: We added a new feature to ReviewBiz badge. Now you can add up to 3 custom directories to your badge! Just add a directory name and a URL to your business listing and we will do the rest. We will even grab their logo for you! If we aren’t able to do so (website code differences can sometimes stop us…), a customer can always send us a request asking to add that specific directory’s logo to our database. You can find more information about new ReviewBiz features in the latest blog post.


Tool/Service:

Admin

Date: 1st October Sign-up page designs

Update/Improvement:

New Sign-up page designs

Details: We have updated our ‘Sign-up’ page designs. They look so neat that it is practically impossible to fight the desire of becoming one of us.


Tool/Service:

Local SEO Check-up

Date: 30th September LSCU - profile look-up

Update/Improvement:

Code refactoring & enhancements to improve business profile look-up

Details:

  • We added-in an additional step for the URL look-up piece. Sometimes we don’t return business profile URLs just because they don’t match our high criteria list, the perfectionists that we are. So we decided to loosen up a little bit. Now when we can’t find a URL that would match all our set criteria, we return results that match the ones that we consider the main ones (such as business name or a phone number etc.).
  • To make sure that we return only high quality results, we added in an additional filter for a URL string. A URL string has to match a certain URL structure specific to each directory to make sure that we would bring the business profile page only.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker, Citation Burst, ReviewBiz

Date: 30th September ReviewBiz - add/remove Facebook or/and Twitter option

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Enhancements & New Features for multiple tools

Details: CitationTracker. We have modified our ranking workers so they would look up only one search term/search engine combination per job, so that jobs could run in parallel instead of simultaneously. That should significantly reduce the time the report needs to be processed. Citation Burst. We added extra look-ups using a phone number to make sure that we would find your business profile on different directories. ReviewBiz. We added an option to remove Facebook or/and Twitter from the badge. You can do it while creating a new badge or editing an existing one.


Tool/Service:

SEO Check-up

Date: 18th September LSCU business details

Update/Improvement:

Improved Business Details Look-up

Details: Local SEO Check-up has been busy with improvements lately! We finished updating mark-ups for UK & Canada business profiles to make sure that their business details would be successfully picked-up. The following directories have been updated:

  • Foursquare (UK & Canada)
  • Profile Canada (Canada)
  • Cylex (Canada)
  • HotFrog (Canada)
  • Qype (UK)
  • Touch Local (UK)
  • Local Mole (UK)
  • FreeIndex (UK)
  • Tipped (UK)
  • Thomson Local (UK)
  • Yell (UK)

Australia is the next on a list…


Tool/Service:

Admin area, SEO Check-up, Rank Checker, ReviewBiz

Date: 17th September Perch message desing

Update/Improvement/ bug fix:

Design updates, enhancements & small bug fixes.

Details:

  • Admin Area – We updated our tools messaging designs. Now the news will get delivered to you in style!
  • Local SEO Check-up – updated3 local directories’ business profile look-ups to work with changes made by directories:
    • Yahoo local (UK)
    • LocalMole (UK)
    • Cylex (Canada)
    • Bing Local – unfortunately, we had to remove Bing Local directory. Bing didn’t have a clear structure for business profiles and we couldn’t bring back high quality results so we decided not to use it anymore.
  • Rank Checker:
    • We had a small bug on Quick Search reports where Yahoo directory just wouldn’t want to leave the report even when not selected. But that’s in the past.
    • Another tiny bug in Summary Reports – we couldn’t change an Email notifications from ‘no’ to ‘yes’. Fixed.
  • ReviewBiz – updated jquery to a newer version.

Tool/Service:

Admin area, CitationTracker, SEO Check-up, CitationBurst.

Date: 11th September Sign-up page designs

Update/Improvement/ bug fix:

Design updates, enhancements & small bug fixes.

Details:

  • Admin Area – refreshed designs on login page, forgotten password & password reset pages.
  • CitationTracker – fixedsmall bug which prohibited users from moving citations between tabs.
  • Local SEO Check-up – updated3 local directories’ business profile look-ups to work with changes made by directories:
    • Insider Pages (US)
    • StartLocal (Aus)
    • LocalMole (Aus)
  • CitationBurst – fixed bugs in ‘Buy More’ functionality which prevented some users from buying more citations.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker, Rank Checker, CitationBurst, Admin area

Date: 6th September

Update/Improvement/ bug fix:

General improvements & bug fixes.

Details:

  • CitationTracker. Updated API so customers could choose whether they want to extract Active citation data only or get all of it for Active, Pending and Potential citations.
  • Local Search Rank Checker. External URL – added PDF & CSV buttons to the External URL reports. So now our customer clients can download the reports as well!
  • CitationBurst. Fixed a minor bug where old citations could be selected when buying new ones.
  • Admin Area:
    • Add/Edit Client form – fixed a bug where customers couldn’t upload images.
    • Add/Edit Client form – Updated styling for payment methods.

Tool/Service:

Local SEO Check-up

Date: 6th September LSCU - business Profile Look-up

Update/Improvement/fix:

Code refactoring & enhancements to improve business profile look-up

Details: We have released a major improvement for Local SEO Check-up business profile look-up for Canada, Australia and United Kingdom reports.

  • We completely refactored the code to use the search engines to find profiles and not only directories’ native search functions as they have too many limitations.
  • Furthermore, we are also looking for URLs simultaneously instead of one by one which significantly increases the speed of a report.
  • There are still a few trouble-maker directories left to be tackled… But our customers can already enjoy our new faster and improved Local SEO Check-up reports!

Tool/Service:

CitationBurst

Date: 30th August CitationBurst 2nd campaign

Update/Improvement/fix:

General enhancements, improvements & design update

Details: We have made a number of behind the scenes changes to CitationBurst. These affect the running & management of campaigns and will help to improve campaign set-up and delivery speed. We have also made some customer facing changes –

  • Added additional phone-number look-ups to find existing listings
  • Added extra API options to pull down campaign details into customer CRM/reporting system
  • Updated minor display issues for primary & secondary (‘Buy More’) campaign.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker & Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 30th August

Update/Improvement/fix:

Code refactoring & enhancements to improve report running

Details: Citation Tracker:

  • Updated the ‘update citation’ function it improve speed & reliability
  • Fixed FireFox specific bug for ‘update citation’
  • Linked CitationTracker reports to CitationBurst campaigns – tracker reports now incorporate links generated/found in CitationBurst campaign work.

Google+ Local Wizard:

  • Updated CSV report to match our new Google+ Local Wizard table content.
  • Fixed a minor bug which restricted count of reviews on some Google+ profile pages.

Tool/Service:

Local SEO Check-up

Date: 15th August

LSCU directory mark-up

Update/Improvement:

Enhanced Website Crawler & Improved Directory Tracking

Details:

  • Web Crawler - We have released an enhanced version of our website crawler. This new version is stronger, faster & more complete. We are now able to crawl 98% of websites without issues and return accurate crawl results on all metrics we measure. Our previous crawler was built in 2010 so it was in need of an update!
  • Local Directory Tracking -We have updated the tracking of all US directories so that we can identify listings better & capture key address & profile data such as: descriptions, photos, reviews and ratings.

We have further crawler updates coming in the next 2 weeks…onwards & updwards!!


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 15th August

Update/Improvement:

Google+ local page detection update

Details: Google is always changing and expanding on the range of Google+ Local profile pages. To ensure that we keep in step with them we have updated our tool to make sure that we are able to extract critical data from the different versions of the G+ profile pages.


Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 15th August Bing-5-local-pack

Update/Improvement:

Bing Search Classes Update & New Email Designs

Details:

  • Following on from our recent updates for tracking Google and Yahoo search results – we have updated the way we track Bing and Bing local search results. Bing has quite a few different ways to display local & organic results but we are picking up all of them!
  • We have also updated Rank Checker email alert designs so they look super sleek!

Tool/Service:

Citation Tracker

Date: 15th August CT Multiple Delete

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Bulk Add, Update & Delete citations

Details: We made a number of changes and improvements to the way users can Add, Update & Delete citations on CitationTracker reports:

  • Now you can add one or bulk citations no matter what tab you’re on: Active, Pending, Potential or Old.
  • Even more exciting new feature is that now you can delete multiple citations at the same time! Select as many citations as you want, click a ‘Remove Selected’ button – and they are gone!
  • On the top of that, we completely re-factored the code for update/delete citation so now earlier mentioned features work significantly faster.

Tool/Service:

CitationBurst

Date: 1st August Citation Burst Step 2 design

Update/Improvement:

Updated Designs and added coverage

Details:

  • We have updated some designs within the CitationBurst workflow to make them consistent with reports.
  • We also added additional support for regions within the UK & Northern Ireland

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker/Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 1st August

Update/Fix:

A few improvements and bug fixes

Details: Google+ Local Wizard:

  • We have updated the calculating of avg. rating for Google+ reviews;
  • We also fixed a bug which was limiting the number of competitors returned in reports. Now we showing all 10 (if there are 10) results again!

CitationTracker:

  • We fixed a niggly bug where we couldn’t delete citations from the ‘Old’ tab on reports;
  • On the Potential Citation tab we are showing the listing type: free or paid, instead of a directory type.
  • We have updated the way we handle phone number look-ups. We now construct phone numbers in the correct format (e.g. 546 373-6525) and we now look for both city name + phone number to ensure that strip out pesky reverse phone number sites and to bring back even higher quality citations for your clients and their competitors!

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 26th July Potential Citation Design

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

New Potential Citations Design and more…

Details:

  • We have updated display of Potential Citations on our CitationTracker tool. Now you can track/sort your potential citations based on your top 5 competitors.
  • We have also added Old Citations to a the downloadable CSV report.
  • We have enhanced the ‘Update’ citations feature. When updating a citation the listing URL must now match the actual domain of the citation – this ensures consistency of citations and stops ‘human-errors’ creeping in which might undermine the awesomeness of this report :)

Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 24th July GPW Carousel

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Now tracking Google ‘Carousel’ results

Details: We updated the rank checker so that we now detect the new Google Carousel results. We detect both local carousel results and knowledge graph carousel results (there is a difference!).

  • Carousel matching is based on ‘Business/Location Name’
  • There is no URL matching option for carousel results (Google don’t display URL in the result)
  • We classify the Carousel as result #1 on the page – the following organic/local result below is therefore #2
  • If your business appears in the Carousel then we say it is in #1 – the Carousel can contain up to 20 results but we do not distinguish between the results – we simply identify it & say #1

Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 24th July

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Updated and Improved Google+ Local Wizard Performance

Details: We have release a couple of significant changes to our Google+ Local Wizard tool:

  • We completely changed the way we store data in our DB so your reports will generate significantly faster and the report pages will load much quicker.
  • We updated how we detect ‘verified’ businesses – we now detect using 2 methods -
    • Presence of description on the Google+ listing….&/or
    • Presence of ‘verified’ icon on the Google+ listing
  • We also updated the method of counting reviews for your and competitors profiles. So even if Google doesn’t provide an official count your of reviews – we will count them and return clear review count!

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 17th July Citation Burst Service in Citation Tracker

Update/Improvement/New Feature:

Enhancements & new features on CitationTracker

Details: We have released a number of new features for our CitationTracker tool:

  • CSV upload for adding bulk citations. Now you can same time when adding new citations to your report. Previously you had to do this 1 by 1. But now you can create a CSV file and import multiple citations all at once.
  • Aligning CitationTracker with CitationBurst – on CitationTracker reports (Potential & Old tabs) you can see which directories you can submit to using our CitationBurst service. Why spend your precious time on doing it yourself when we can do it for you!
  • Avg. Citation Authority – we have added a new metric to your CitationTracker report. For you active citations we now calculate your Avg. Citation Value and then display this at the top of the Active Citation table.The higher your Avg score, the more positive impact citations have on your local ranking.

Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 17th July Quick Search Report Design

Update/Improvement:

New Quick Search Report designs on Rank Checker

Details: Our users really liked new Rank Checker report designs. From now on they can enjoy these designs on the Quick Search reports too.  


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 11th July citation-tracker-old-citation-summary

Update/Improvement:

Number of important changes to Citation Tracker

Details: We have released some changes to CitationTracker’s summary table, chart & PDF.

  • Added an ‘Old’ citation column to a summary table
  • Removed Avg. Competitor Citation’s column from summary table
  • Added Old Citation table to PDF report
  • Include CitationTracker chart in PDF reports
  • Updated chart colours so they are more consistent through all reports & tools

Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 11th July Rank Checker new report designs

Update/Improvement:

New report designs on Rank Checker

Details: We have updated report designs for the Rank Checker.

  • Changed the display of summary data – dropped old summary chart
  • Updated the main results table designs
  • Now include Aggregate Ranking Chart in PDF report.

Tool/Service:

Website Front-end

Date: 28th June New website design

Update/Improvement:

New website front-end designs

Details: We have updated our website design. Made quite a few changes to several pages:

  • Changed header & footer designs.
  • Updated banners and images on ‘Local SEO Tools’ page.
  • Added some cool hover effects to ‘Packages’ page.
  • Completely changed our blog template.

Tool/Service:

Citation Tracker

Date: 27th June Old Citation Report

New feature:

Track Old or Incorrect Citations

Details: We have added a new feature to your Citation Tracker reports. You can now identify any old or incorrect citations in the same report as your active & potential citations. If you have changed business name or moved address you can now easily find your old citations. We also show you if you have a duplicate ‘Active’ citation on the same directory. To try this out just run a new report or edit an existing report.  


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 14th June Google+ Local Wizard Location Emulation feature

New feature:

‘Location Emulation’ Functionality for Google+ Local Wizard

Details: We improved Google+ Local Wizard tool by adding a location emulation functionality. Up till now only Local Search Rank Checker had this feature. Users can now set a search location (town name, city & state or zipcode) for their reports. And they will see exactly the same results as if they were physically located there. This allows you to enter more generic keywords with no need to include a location in it (Flower Shop in Chicago etc.). This feature should also be available in SEO Check-Up in the upcoming weeks.


Tool/Service:

Admin Console

Date: 13th June chat

New feature:

New Chat service for our customers

Details: We have launched a new chat functionality:

  • When a user logs in to his/her admin console – a chat box appears on a left bottom corner.
  • Now when a customer has a question – they can get an answer from our customer service instantly!

Tool/Service:

Admin Console

Date: 10th June new_header_footer_design

Update/Improvement:

New header & footer designs in admin area

Details: We have made new design changes to our admin console:

  • The new header & footer looks very neat and more pleasant to the eye!
  • The admin navigation bar is much more user-friendly and fun to use.
  • Now you can customize the admin navigation bar with your own profile picture.

We will update the front-end soon as well. Furthermore, new blog designs are in the process too! To be continued…


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard / All Tools

Date: 31st May Google Places Update

Update/Fix:

Updated Google+ business listings look-up after Google changes

Details: We had to make quite a few updates on how we search for Google+ business listings after Google made some changes to Google Places on 15th May. You can read more about the changes they made in our blog: Google Places update. Google+ Local Wizard:

  • Improved a way reports accept different Google+ url types.
  • Improved a pick up of a phone number on different structure Google+ pages.

All Tools:

  • Improved a look-up for Google+ business listing url – now we are looking at a few places: review link and photo link. Unfortunately, some profiles have no link to their Google+ listings on Google Places – we are still looking into ways how we can by-pass this.
  • Updated a way we are picking up Google+ photos.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 31st May

Update/Fix:

CitationTracker usability improvement

Details:

  • Sorted reports by date by default – so now the newest reports are always at the top.
  • Brought back Citation Value column – our customers liked it!
  • Improved the way “Active Citations” get stored in our database – so not a single citation will get lost now.
  • Fixed “New” icon bug – so now it appears only on most recent citations.
  • Updated PDF report styling: added headers to sections, added structure framing to the table, added ‘Get Citation’ links.
  • Fixed “Notes” bug – it saves a note with a correct date now.

Tool/Service:

Admin Console

Date: 10th May

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Database structure update

Details: We released a major update to the database structure which improves the speed of the admin console and enables us to process weekly/monthly reports at a faster rate – double win! We’ve been working on the change for 8 weeks and it required extensive testing to ensure that data integrity was not compromised. It’s great to get this out so far it’s having the desired effect – lighting quick interfaces and better report processing time. We are planning further server & database optimizations in coming weeks to enhance user experience and site performance even further.


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard, CitationTracker, SEO Check-Up

Date: 10th May

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Multiple interface changes to improve customer experience.

Details: We have released quite a few updates and improvements across all of our tools to make it a more user-friendly experience for our customers: All Tools:

  • ‘Which client is this report for?’ field – for your convenience we applied an auto-complete function to the clients’ field across all of our tools. Now even if you have hundreds of clients, it will only take seconds to find the one you are looking for.

Google+ Local Wizard:

  • Categories – we have optimised the process on how the categories are being picked up on business’s Google+ profiles. So now you can enjoy an even more accurate your customers’/competitors’ lists.
  • Pre-report checks- we added pre-report check-ups for the business name & zip/postcode when adding/editing report to make sure that your reports would return correct data.

CitationTracker:

  • Citation status – we have improved the way citation status gets updated so that you could see the change instantly.
  • Design – we made a few interface changes to our Citation Tracker tool, such as pop-up window style change and a more informative processing message to improve the usability of our tools.

SEO Check-Up:

  • ‘Primary Location’ field – we have increased the character limit to our primary location field. So now you can set the locations with longer location names than usual to get the more correct results.

Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 19th April Google+-Citation-Tracker-chart---track-your-live-citations

Update/Fix/New Feature:

New CitationTracking charts and notes function

Details: We have begun a series of updates to our CitationTracker tool. The first of which involves new designs for the reports; you can now visualize your active citations and how they grow over time in our new citation tracking charts. Each column on the chart represents 1 report run and the banded colors show how many new citations we identified each time we re-ran your citationtracker report. In addition to this, by popular demand we have also added a notes section where customers can leave themselves messages about a specific citation. Find out more about CitationTracker reports.


Tool/Service:

Admin Console

Date: 15th April

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Optimization to improve interface speed

Details: Optimization of database queries which affect interface speed. These small but important changes will make the admin console work faster and smoother; when customers are creating or analyzing reports they won’t get as much delay between pages and content loading into pages. This is another step in the ongoing process of improving the site and making it more efficient and easier to use for our customers.


Tool/Service:

Training Workshops

Date: 9th April

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Launched new online workshop program

Details: This isn’t a code release but it is an important step forward for BrightLocal & our customers. We have launched a workshop program and are running 2-3 free workshops every day of the week (Mon – Fri). These are highly interactive sessions with a maximum of 3 attendees per workshop. Our experienced in-house trainers will tailor the content of the workshop to the needs of attendees. For new customers/free trial users we will provide a general overview of the service; and for existing customers (aka ‘Advanced’ users) we will focus on specific tools and processes. Find out more about our Workshop & Webinar program here. Book yourself or your whole team onto a workshop here.


Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 5th April   Location_emulation_small

Update/Fix/New Feature:

‘Location Emulation’ Feature added to Rank Checker

Details: We have enhanced our Local Search Rank Checker tool to let users set a search location for their ranking reports. Users can now enter town name, city or zipcode and then we look for search results from this location. This truly localizes search results and means that you can just enter a generic term – e.g. Dentist – rather than Dentist in San Diego. This feature is currently available in the Local Search Rank Checker tool. We will be adding it to the Local SEO Check Up & Google+ Local Wizard in the coming weeks. Find our more here.


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 2nd April GPW---large

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Slick new report designs

Details: We have re-designed our Google+ Local Wizard reports to make them easier and more enjoyable to use. With these new designs it is now easier to make side by side comparisons between client’s and competitor’s local search ranking factors. These designs are another step in the process of re-designing the whole admin console. Next up for a new look is CitationTracker which will be live later this month.


Tool/Service:

Server Upgrade

Date: 15th March

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Increased database server

Details: We have doubled the size of the database server and split out the interface from the database so that we have more capacity to handle higher numbers of users on the site. This has also enabled us to run a higher number of reports at any one time and thereby increased the speed at which those reports are run and the overall efficiency of the site. This is the first step in a number of system and database changes we are planning to make to improve and optimize our service. This all leads to better performance and therefore a better experience for our customers.


Tool/Service:

CitationBurst

Date: 25th March 2013

Update/Fix/New Feature:

CitationBurst now available in Australia

Details: CitationBurst has done over 10,000 campaigns, we have been doing local directory submissions in the US, Canada and UK for the past nine months and it is now available in Australia too. We have over 200 local directories, niche directories and general directories which we can submit our businesses to in Australia. Submissions cost US$3 per submission, but will drop to US$2 per submission for bulk purchases of 500 or more.


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 5th February 2013

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Additional URL format rules for CitationTracker

Details: We have updated CitationTracker to improve the accuracy of the active citations that we return. We have added new additional URL format rules so that when we return results for different directories we look for actual business listing landing pages and a common URL structure for those pages. The objective and benefit of this is that the pages we list on the CitationTracker reports will be actual business listing pages rather than category or search result pages. We have implemented this on the most commonly appearing 2000 sites within our CitationTracker reports.


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard New Features

Date: 28th January 2013

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Additional data and analysis added to Google+ Local Wizard reports

Details: There are 4 key changes to the data in the reports -

  1. Quality of citations – we now display the quantity & the quality of the citations your client has vs. the top 10 ranked businesses. Quality is determined based on the ‘Domain Authority’ (aka Page Rank) of each citation site and then an average Authority score is produced and displayed on your report.
  2. Citations Matrix – we now display the full list of citations your client has, as well as the citations which each of the top 10 ranked businesses has. These are displayed in a table (matrix) which can be ordered by ‘Domain Authority’ and ‘Count’ so you can quickly identify citation sites your competitors are listed on, but you’re not.
  3. Name, Address, Phone Number (NAP) comparison – we compare the NAP listed on the Google+ listing with the details you provide when setting up your report, and highlight any inconsistencies.
  4. Other Local Ranking Factors – you can now identify if your client is correctly optimized for 3 other important local ranking signals correctly -
    1. Do they use a local phone number on their Google+ listing?
    2. Do they have their town/city name in the <> of the website landing page?
    3. Do they have their state code in the <> of the website landing page?

    Watch a video explaining these new features and find out more here.


Tool/Service:

CitationBurst ‘Credits’ system

Date: 4th January 2013

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Launched discounted bulk credits system for CitationBurst

Details: We have release a new ‘credits’ system for CitationBurst. Customers can now bulk buy submission credits for $2 per submission (vs. $3 per submission for normal campaigns; a 33% saving.) Credits can be bought in blocks of 500, 1000 or 2000 and can be used across multiple clients & campaigns (minimum campaign size is 10 submissions). This new system makes it easy to set up on-going (i.e. long running) submission campaigns and quickly buy submissions each month when you want them. You simply click on the ‘Confirm & Pay (Credits) button, and we handle the rest (we submit the same business information for follow-on campaigns as we did for the original campaign).


Tool/Service:

White-label Report Solution for all tools

Date: 24th December 2012 Create white label local SEO reports

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Updated white-label solution makes is easy to white label reports on all BrightLocal tools

Details: We updated our white-label solution so that customers can create 1 white label profile and use this across all of our tools (except ReviewBiz). Now you can upload your logo, select your brand colors & enter text which you want to appear on all of your reports on all tools. The new white-label solution is also very flexible and allows you to enter specific text for each type of report (e.g. you can display different text on Rank Checker report vs. CitationTracker). If you have multiple brands or provide white-label SEO services you can create multiple white-label profiles and use the appropriate one on each report. We migrated any existing white-label profiles (for Rank Checker & SEO Check Up) to the new, central white-label area so you can find your existing profiles listed there. (login required).


Tool/Service:

Local Search Rank Checker

Date: 7th December 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Added a new feature to the Local Search Rank Checker which lets you track multiple websites.

Details: Using this feature you can track your own website and two others that you want to monitor – eg your blog / facebook page etc. Find out more about this new feature here


Tool/Service:

CitationBurst

Date: 30th November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Released a ‘Buy More’ function to CitationBurst, making it easier to manage your citation campaigns

Details: This week we enhanced our service by releasing our new ‘Buy More’ function which makes it easier than ever to manage your citation campaigns and build juicy new citations for your clients. Using CitationBurst you can set up a whole citation campaign in advance and then pay for the next batch of submissions using the ‘Buy More’ button. Find out more about CitationBurst Buy More function here.


Tool/Service:

Google+ Local Wizard

Date: 22nd November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Added extra look-ups for ‘Phone Number’ matches to Google+ Local Wizard

Details: We have added some extra citation look-ups to Google+ Local Wizard (GPW). This brings GPW inline with CitationTracker so that both tools use exactly the same mechanism.


Tool/Service:

CitationTracker

Date: 15th November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Added extra look-ups for ‘Phone Number’ matches to CitationTracker

Details: We have added some extra citation look-ups to CitationTracker. Previously we use a combination of ‘Business Name + Zipcode’ to identify citations for a business. Now we have added some additional look-ups which use the ‘Phone Number’ of a business. This update means that we’ll be able to return a greater number of positive results for ‘Active Citations’ for a business – so you should see your citation count improve when you next run your reports. This is particularly true for businesses with long, ‘difficult’ names (e.g. Unique Smile Clinic of Pasadena). These businesses tend to have a problem with data consistency; different directories store a different name for these businesses. Woohoo….more citations!!


Tool/Service:

APIs

Date: 8th November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Released new APIs for rank checking, local directory look-ups, google + & more

Details: We have been working hard to create a bunch of APIs which provide data on a wide range of local SEO areas. These APIs have been extensively tested and released to live today. These APIs allow you to do 2 things -

  1. Control & manipulate your account on BrightLocal from your own dashboard or control panel. Now you can add/edit clients and reports remotely meaning that you can change data in your own database and update BrightLoca automatically
  2. Create reports and retrieve raw data for rankings, local directory information, google+, social media & off-site SEO factors such as inbound links and domain authority

Full API documentation can be found here – https://tools.brightlocal.com/seo-tools/admin/api/docs Here is a summary of the additional APIs and what they do/data they provide -

  • Local Search Rank Checker
    • Version 2 of Rank Checker API
    • Allow you to add/edit/delete ranking reports from your BrightLocal account
    • Also returns raw data in JSON
  • Local Directory Listings
    • Identify listings on top 20+ local directories
    • Get URL for listing
    • Get data such as profile claimed, business name + address + phone number (NAP), reviews & star rating
  • Citation data
    • Identify active citations for a client/business
    • Identify potential citation opportunities (based off citations top competitors’ have)
    • Set-up citationtracker reports within your BrightLocal admin console
  • Google+ Data
    • Listing found/not found
    • URL for business listing
    • Verified listing
    • Description added
    • Photo count
    • Review count
    • Score (0ut of 30)
  • Social media data
    • Listing found on Facebook & twitter
    • Profile data such as likes, tweets, last tweet content etc…
  • Off-site SEO Data
    • Number of inbound links (aka backlinks)
    • Domain authority
    • Domain age
    • Hosting location (country)

Tool/Service:

Account email & password security enhancement

Date: 8th November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

More flexible email recognition + robust password protection

Details: We have had some issues with emails not being recognized due to have ‘CAPITALS’ in the email address. We have updated our system to handle these better so that both lowercase & uppercase emails are handled better. We have also upgraded our password protection; it wasn’t bad before but is now doubly secure. Neither of these changes will affect the experience of users but there should be less issues with emails not being recognized.


Tool/Service:

Various items

Date: 5th November 2012

Update/Fix/New Feature:

Invoices & Ranking Report PDF/CSV file names

Details: 1. Invoices – customers can now access their historical invoices via their MyPackages pages. Invoices are compiled each month and include all payments made within each calendar month. Invoices can be viewed online and downloaded as PDFs to be stored locally. 2. Ranking Report CSV/PDFs – we have update the naming structure on ranking reports CSVs/PDFs so it is easier to identify the which client the report is for and what date the results refer to.