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Chad Kimball Google Maps Expert Answering Your Questions Here

Discussion in 'Local SEO' started by ChadTKimball, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. ChadTKimball

    ChadTKimball Regular Member Premium Member

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    see page one of this thread
     
  2. ritafairclough

    ritafairclough Regular Member

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    Hi - thanks for doing this.

    My question is in your experience do citations benefit more from having unique descriptions?

    For example if a Yelp, Cylex and Fyple listing all had the same business description, would it perform worse than one with unique descriptions.
     
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  3. Poker Rakeback Mafia

    Poker Rakeback Mafia Power Member

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    Interesting question.

    I guess, at the very least, a lot of duplicate descriptions could stop the citations from being indexed.
     
  4. CFT

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    I've just done a business listing and the same as your 2nd point the address isn't one that's real, so the postcard won't be claimed, are you saying after a few weeks I can claim it without the code? When I did the verify a few other businesses came up "saying is this your business" I clicked no, then clicked the verify with the postcard as that was the only option.
     
  5. DrDuran

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    yeah i managed to claim mine without the postcard, im not too sure how long it was because i had no intention of doing so, when i went to register the new place, the old one came up, so i carried on with that
     
  6. ChadTKimball

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    doesnt seem to matter in my experience
     
  7. techn1k

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    Hi thanks for taking the time to answer all the questions.

    How important is the domain itself?

    Do You usually create fresh ones or look for relevant expired domains with a good profile? Do You even face sort of a sandbox period for fresh domains?

    Do EMD still work for local or is it always better to go branded/niche domains?
     
  8. ChadTKimball

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    I usually create fresh. Also EMD is not a good idea, looks too "SEOish" if a google employee ever looks at it (and they often do!). Make everything just look like a real company
     
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    So for each local GMB listing you would make a real website, fill it with real quality content, build quality backlinks, and do the normal citations etc?

    Seems like a LOT of work and expense to rank a, for example, personal trainer in a local town.

    Or have I misread something?
     
  10. ChadTKimball

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    well, there is a lot of secret sauce involved that makes this REALLY REALLY profitable and a lot less work, we teach that stuff in my paid training
     
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    Poker Rakeback Mafia Power Member

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    Fair enough.

    How do i find it?
     
  12. ChadTKimball

    ChadTKimball Regular Member Premium Member

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    I'm not trying to sell here, I dont want the banhammer! but you could check out my signature on the first post in this thread
     
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    Poker Rakeback Mafia Power Member

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    Just realised the signatures don't appear on mobile devices.
     
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    If I have 3 locations, each location has it's own address and GMB and each location serves about 10 other close by towns/cities. Is it ok to have the NAPof all 3 locations on the footer of each landing page? or should footer of each landing page be hyper focused? For example

    Location A serves cities 1-10
    Location B serves cities 11-20
    Location C serves cities 21-30

    Can I have the NAP in the footer of all locations on all the 30 landing pages, or should I only have the NAP of location A on the landing page for cities 1-10, and so forth.

    This has been something I've been seeking an answer for quite some time.
     
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    Thank you so much for all the answers. Read them all.

    1) Whats your opinion on verified listings that are like 2-3-4 years old? I feel that is important aswell.

    2) How come some listings linking to their own fb fanpage / instagram page can be in top3 when there are other sites with their own domain talking about the main keyword deeper?
     
  16. ChadTKimball

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    2019 and beyond more ads will begin to take over the maps space but under the radar niches will continue to be free.

    mistakes: avoid linking your GMBs together through a big main website or common business names/phone numbers.
    avoid spamming your business name and domain with keywords

    biggest mistake of business owners still remains not claiming their GMB believe it or not!

    Sorry about that! try a desktop...
    yes, age is a bigger ranking signal than most people realize.

    if you link your GMB to fb or insta it will help it rank but it also risks getting you taken down for TOS violations

    your biggest mistake here is linking all your leadgen GMBs together with one domain. keep everything separate, natural, like separate businesses in the real world
     
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  17. Poker Rakeback Mafia

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    @ChadTKimball

    So do you think this is the correct way to do multiple listings for the same business.

    I have a business called Happy.

    Happy sells bananas.

    Happy wants to target New York, and Chicago.

    So I set up two different business listings.

    One is called Happy bananas New York.

    The other is called Happy bananas Chicago

    To keep them separate they have their own phone numbers. And instead of being linked to the same website they each instead have their own free Google website.

    The free Google Websites are of course relevant with a few pages of optimised content, the correct NAPs, and map embeds.

    So pretty much like super web 2.0s.

    The GMB listings are set up correctly with the relevant optimised information, reviews, and geotagged photos etc.

    Then all that is left is to build backlinks and citations etc.

    1. Does that cover all bases sufficiently?

    2. Do you think that ultimately, all things being equal, that the power of the citations is the most important ranking factor?
     
  18. ChadTKimball

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    1. YOu've got some of it covered there.

    2. we dont encourage using the free google sites
     
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    Do your reputation hacks stuff still work?
     
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    Will spamming my own local citations with GSA help my GMB ranking as the citations get more linkjuice?