Ray Litvak

Google beefs up local reviews with purchase of ZAGAT

Google has bought successful restaurant/entertainment review publisher ZAGAT.

The move is likely to make Google Places an even more trusted authority for local, user-generated reviews. Google Places scours the web for any information it can find about every business with a mailing address. It pre-populates information like pictures, descriptions, addresses, telephone numbers, etc. With Google’s purchase of ZAGAT, all of that content is likely to find its way on to Places (if not upcoming Google+ brand profiles).

Five ways to become a more efficient web writer

User engagement is everything these days. To impress search engines like Google and to keep users on your site, your content needs to be both fresh and relevant. In other words, you have to write often and you have to write well. The thought of accomplishing both scares some people, so I’d like to share a few tips on how to write efficiently and effectively (in random order).

Promote your endorsements

On the Internet, as in life, talk is cheap. You can brag that your product or service is best from all the rest, but that’s exactly what it is – bragging. If you really want people to know how wonderful your products and services are, let other people tell them. And you can do that easily enough through third-party rating and review sites like Yelp! and Google Places.