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Google Places Eats Hotpot: What's it Mean for Local Search?

Last updated 6 years ago

Google has decided to drop the Hotpot name and merge it with Google Places, which is how Google should have set it up initially.

* Hotpot: No Longer Recommended by Google

* Hotpot + Places Merger

* +1 Button's Potential Influence on New Places

Furthermore, by monitoring locations of profiles in conjunction with where they are leaving reviews, and monitoring who those people are connecting could prove to be a significant indicator on the legitimacy of the profile itself versus a spam profile. This could prove to be an important development in the debate as to how much author authority is being used as a ranking signal.

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