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Google Adds Yelp-Like Features to Google Maps

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In yet another development of the Google versus Yelp battle for control of the search market, Google has added new Yelp-like features to their popular Google Maps iPhone and iPad app.

Google Explore shows you nearby local businesses based on your desired activity and even time of day.

Google Explore shows you nearby local businesses based on your desired activity and even time of day.

Google made several changes to their app to mimic the review-based power of Yelp, one of which is an “Explore” feature which lists nearby restaurants and activities organized in a handy guide that changes based on your location or time of day.

 

The biggest change Google made, however, is the way that users can search for local businesses around them. Search results now appear directly in the map and can be filtered based on things like price and rating- just like Yelp.

When you search for a generic term like “food”, Google (left) now shows the results in the map, just like Yelp (right). You can also filter your results based on categories like price and rating.

When you search for a generic term like “food”, Google (left) now shows the results in the map, just like Yelp (right). You can also filter your results based on categories like price and rating.

This change means big things for local businesses looking to get found online. Now that it’s easier than ever for customers to find what they’re looking for with the world’s most popular search engine, it’s more important than ever to have an updated, highly-rated Google profile.

Looking to get started claiming your Google business profile? Check out How to Claim Your Small Business on Yelp and Google+ and Boost Your Online Reputation.

Want to learn more about how Google search works? Check out these 5 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know About Google Search.

Want to know the details of the Google and Yelp battle? Check out Yelp’s Claim Against Google: What Does This Mean for Small Business Owners?

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