It seems that Google is now selling paid pins or sponsored links in Google Maps on mobile.
I was on my way to Bruce Clay’s SEO training in Sydney city and I had to get off the bus a few blocks from where I needed to be, so I looked up the Marriot Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney on my iPhone GPS. Before the location pin had even dropped on the map there was a paid search listing for the Swissotel, as seen below.
This is the first time I’ve seen a paid local search ad on Google Maps. I know that the 7 pack local search listings are showing up far more often on page one of Google’s search engine results pages and Google places is absolutely going to influence future local search listings but to date Read more →