I just posted a new video on my Youtube/facebook/twitter about pigeon for my subscribers. Refers to some blackhat stuff so I won't link to it here...
But Just fyi, Garret Acott replied to this video and posted a new insight, he noticed that it looks like google is showing local packs based on HOURS OF OPERATION. Could be coincidence, but here's a quote of what he posted on my facebook business page:
"Something also very interesting, we saw it this weekend; they are also giving results based on open hours. For instance a HUGE change on Sun and 85% of the seven pack were new for us and they were all open on Sunday. Come Monday, they were all gone."
anyone else noticed this, or confirm/deny?
Chad we had a recent post about hours you might find interesting. May fit right in!
Unwritten Rule - Be Sure To Set Hours Right in Google My Business Dashboard
I hear ya! Although, as someone who's done PPC for even longer than local SEO, I can say that PPC is every bit as tough.
Is anyone else seeing wild fluctuations in rankings across browsers?
I agree Dino, this algo does not make sense and is still changing all the time.
(Just look at the rank tracking in post #5.)
Here's a great post from yesterday with experts like Mike and David Mihm weighing in on this algo.
Experts Weigh In On Google's "Pigeon" Update Aimed At Improving Local Search Results
I've been manually tracking local SEO terms the past few days from mobile and desktop and it's been pretty wild.
I've followed 4 major cities, one of them being my own. The results have been consistent for all 4 cities. Here's what I've noticed..
For City + SEO there has been no 7 pack for several months. Following the update a 7 pack started showing. A few days ago I noticed there was no longer a 7 pack so I started investigating.
The trend I've seen is that when city+seo is showing a 7 pack, some terms like city + SEO company stop showing a 7 pack.
At the time being there is no 7 pack for SEO+city, but city + seo company, city + seo firm, city + seo agency, city + seo services, and city + seo consultant all have 7 packs.
The keywords I listed above each show a different 7 pack. When I change my location in google the 7 pack stays the same.
However on mobile search, I get a different 7-pack for each term than I do on my desktop. This is the same for each city I've been tracking.
The fluctuations have been sporadic and frequent the past few days, sometimes changing in the span of an hour. At a given time I will get a 7-pack for city+seo+keyword on mobile but not on desktop, a 7-pack on both, or no 7-pack at all. This is consistent for each city at a given time.