‘How Do Algorithm Updates Affect Local Businesses?’ #LocalSEOChat Recap

‘How Do Algorithm Updates Affect Local Businesses?’ #LocalSEOChat Recap

On Wednesday, September 26th we ran our second #LocalSEOChat, on the topic of Google algorithm updates. With the ripples of the August 1st update still being felt, we wanted to take the pulse of the Local SEO industry, to see how this update, dubbed the ‘Medic’ update, had affected local businesses.

A huge thanks to everyone who joined for the chat, and special thanks to Dan Leibson of Local SEO Guide for his excellent work hosting the chat and sharing his expertise and experiences. Here’s a recap of some of the most popular responses:

Q1. What was your experience of the most recent official Google algorithm update?

Q2. What sources do you pay attention to when Google algorithm updates occur?

Q3. How do you assess whether your business or clients have been impacted by an algorithm update?

Q4. What’s your approach to fixing issues uncovered by an algorithm update?

Q5. What challenges do you face when dealing with penalty recovery?

Q6. How can you prevent algorithm updates from being a potential problem in the first place?

Thanks to everyone who joined in!

Google Algo Update Postmortem

Feel free to let us know what you thought of the Chat and if you have any suggestions for the topic of the next one.

You can talk to us on Twitter or in the comments below.

We hope you can make it for the next one! (Top Tip: Sign up to our emails to find out when we announce the time and date of the next #LocalSEOChat and, in the meantime, monitor flux in rankings with our free tool, Local RankFlux!)

Jamie Pitman
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Jamie heads up BrightLocal's content team, ensuring we produce insightful articles, research and resources that enable businesses and SEOs to get even better results in local search.

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