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    Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy Birthday Local Search Forum

    We Are "One"
    and My How We've Grown!



    We did our formal launch of the Local Search Forum a year ago today. In one short year we've grown to over 1000 members and almost 22,000 info-packed posts. I've launched a few forums in my day and forums are extremely hard to build up. This forum took off like a rocket ship for 2 reasons:

    1) The local search industry is highly complicated and confusing. People are hungry for answers and a place to share tips as well as frustrations. We needed a community!

    2) The caliber of members we've attracted, who are willing to share their knowledge and insights.

    I didn't have time to bake a cake, but I do have a couple Birthday treats!



    I got us a badly needed make-over. This place suffers from cobblers shoes syndrome. I focus all my energy on helping folks and I've not had time to work on design.

    But I finally made time to get an official logo designed, so we now have a brand new Map Marker Puzzle Logo and a color refresh to brighten this place up a little.



    One other update - The Local News Forum now features news from the leading Local Search Blogs, like Mike Blumenthal's and Phil's Local Visibility System... I created a bot that will import their feeds, so you can catch all the latest news all in one place - right here. (I'll be adding a few more feeds soon.)

    My goal was to our new logo AND our new domain: localsearchforum.com up in time for this little celebration, but I've been too buried to get the site moved over. So that won't happen now til fall. But the new domain does point here, so if anyone ever wants a shorter link - it works. (Yes I lucked out scoring that domain in an auction!)

    Most importantly today I want to send out a huge thank you to members and our team.

    It's YOU GUYS, the members here, that make this forum the dynamic resource that it is. We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you for your contribution. There is no way we could have grown this fast and strong without each of you. It's the collective knowledge in this forum that makes it one of the leading resources in the industry.

    Last, but not least I'd like to thank my highly valued Forum Administrator, David, who does all the back end tech stuff to free me up to focus on the front end. And a very special and heart-felt thank you goes out to our Mods and Top Contributors: Colan, Miriam, Phil, Marie, Travis and Nick.

    I honestly could not do this without your help and sincerely appreciate you all!

    OK, so who brought the virtual birthday cake??? Let's party!
    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet :: Google Local Specialist

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    Also offering: White Label Local SEO & Consulting on Tough Cases for SEOs & Agencies

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Wanted to mention that Branko Loncar from l u d i b e s | den of designs is who I contracted to design on our new logo. He was excellent to work with and patient with me as I refined the concept and changed my mind about a zillion times. I highly recommend him.
    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet :: Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy Birthday Local Search Forum!!

    Thanks for all that you do Linda!
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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Thanks again Colan for YOUR help. Couldn't do this without my 'right hand man'!
    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet :: Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy Birthday! Been a fun year. Thanks, Linda. This is the only forum I've ever given a hoot about.

    By the way, great choice on the new logo.

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Thanks Phil for all YOUR help here at the forum!

    Glad you give a hoot and glad you like the new logo.

    It was a blast coming up with the right concept and design, but a lot of work to get it tweaked just right. So glad it's done.

    Now I just need to find time to update the main site and logos on all my social profiles.
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    LocalSearchForumLinda Buquet :: Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy birthday. Big congrats. Great resource.

    Congrats Linda, Colin, Phil. You all do great work here.

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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy birthday!! I've only been visiting here for the past several months, but it has quickly become my first stop for Local news and problems, and I am constantly linking others to various posts to help explain what's going on.

    Thanks everyone!
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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Thanks Linda and everyone who participates! It's a great resource. Cheers to another year!
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    Re: Happy Birthday Local Search Forum - We are ONE! Come See What's New

    Happy Birthday Linda! You have built an amazing resource here.
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