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Can you use your own address in Google maps to create lead gen sites?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by homeriscool, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. homeriscool

    homeriscool Junior Member

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    Can anyone think of a free work around for this? is it it perfectly ok to do? Im thinking of local roofers, Builders etc.
     
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    I don't see the problem. You're creating a local site for a specific service, and doing local SEO correct?
    Otherwise I don't grasp your question.
     
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    Do you mean list your house address to advertise your service to local businesses, or submit local business addresses? If its to your own house, probably not something I would do. Of course you can and should be submitting your clients sites.

    If its to promote your own services business to local businesses for SEO, then you could just get a virtual office address in you area. I had one for $99 per month including mail forwarding, phone answering services and if needed I could use a furnished office or conference room to meet with people. Just make sure the address for the one you want isnt already there. It looks alot more professional anyway so its a win win if you can afford it.
     
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    I mean for local seo in order to generate leads. These will be my sites, that would generate leads for me to sell. I do agree a virtual office is the right way to do it but I don't have that amount of cash to spare at the moment.
     
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    Well then you could just build a landing page and forget the maps, I see you point the maps would be useful but I wont think they'd be 100% necessary. Or you could just go online, find virtual office address and use them anyway. Just stay away from Regus. I used a Regus address on a site once and a few months later they sent me an email requesting I remove it from the site.
     
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    The point of using maps or Google places should I say is for the ranking value and traffic. Its so hard to beat the big boys in the natural serps
     
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    Yes you can. This is how I built my first lead gen site. Just keep in mind I owned everything, the domain, the address, the number, etc etc. I linked it to my own local site, and started building citations and getting fake reviews.

    Then I outsourced SEO on my site, kept getting reviews and it took about 2-3 months to get both my google local and website ranking #1 for various keywords.

    That site became so profitable that I began repeating the same thing. And I started spinning video content and targeting hundreds of long tail, geotargeted keywords. Cause you can rank videos above G local for many of those keywords very easily.

    Eventually I started using addresses from my family. My brothers, my mother, as many as I could access to confirm the address.

    The downside is if your site gets penalized, it will harm your G local ranking. Or at least in my case it did. So I was forced to build a brand new site, and now I have SEO going on it, but no addresses left to use. I'm still getting a tiny bit of traffic from my g local for that site, so it puts me in a tough spot. My only option is to redirect my g local, and all my old citations to the new site (since they all have reviews that took a while to build up).

    I have never done something like this before (switch all citation / review sites to a new domain) , and I'm worried I will lose the last bit of G local traffic that I'm getting. When you have a high ranking G local for a long period of time, a lot of 3rd party / low quality review sites will scrape your data and give you an automatic listing. Because I have a list of all the citations I built (when I stopped building citations) and the citations I have today are on a lot more sites. Sites I never built citations on.

    So if I switch all the sites I have access to, it could screw up my NAP.

    I honestly don't know. But I don't really have an option. So I will most likely switch all the citations I MADE to the new site. As far as the ones I didn't make, that were done automatically, I will likely have to register accounts on sites I don't want citations, just to redirect to the new domain (so theres no inconsistencies). This is why I HATE sites that autoscrape from other review sites to give you a listing. In 1 respect you're getting automatic citations for doing nothing. But if you ever have to change your domain, it creates a lot of problems.

    Either way I don't give a fuck. Pretty soon I'm building my own review network, and will be going insane registering new addresses and sites. Glowingreviews was awesome while they lasted, but I'm going to do my own network that way things are safer and I can get reviews exactly how I need (which on top of SEO is all you really need to rank your g local). And I will either start using virtual addresses or UPS boxes which I hear work (po boxes dont).
     
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    Wow this was a really informative answer, thanks very much for your time in answering. Any chance you would like to share what your idea was? I'd be really interested in this. And also the key to ranking is using review sites.....this was also a great tip :)