4 Things to know about Google posts in the 3-pack and local finder

We have not found content used in the Google Post has any impact on ranking so, focus on keywords you're already ranking for to boost CTR.

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In early 2019, Google started to display post highlights in the 3-Pack and Local Finder. We are seeing these more and more lately and have learned a lot about how they function. Here is everything we know about them so far.

1. The highlights pull in content from posts older than seven days so even if a Google Post isn’t showing live on your Knowledge Panel, it can still get featured in a post highlight.

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2. Posting about a single topic looks much better than having a long post that lists all your services.

Google Posts Article 2

3. The highlights in the search results get updated in real-time. I was able to see a post highlighted for a client in the Local Finder that I had just posted five minutes prior.

4. Different types of posts can get highlighted. We have seen event posts get highlighted (we use these to make the post stick longer than seven days) and we’ve seen regular update-types highlighted. 

So far we have not found that the content used in the Google Post has any impact on ranking, (for example: posting about “dog bites” doesn’t make you rank higher for “dog bite lawyer) so I would suggest focusing your posts on keywords you’re already ranking for that could use a boost in click-through-rate.

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Joy Hawkins
Joy is the owner of the Local Search Forum, LocalU, and Sterling Sky, a Local SEO agency in Canada & the USA. She has been working in the industry since 2006 and enjoys speaking regularly at marketing conferences such as MozCon, LocalU, Pubcon, SearchLove, and State of Search. You can find her on Twitter or volunteering as a Product Expert on the Google My Business Forum.

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