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Google Keyword Tool = Google Places

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by mangoman68, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. mangoman68

    mangoman68 Newbie

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    Has anyone seen a drop in local searches?

    I mean seach any city and add plumber, surgeon, whatever and it will come back like 1% of what it was showing a few months back.

    Also on google places some of the search terms have the google places looking like part of the regular seo sites. it doesnt look like the 7 box that we all know. is anyone else getting this?
     
  2. chambras1281

    chambras1281 Junior Member

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    indeed, my friend. G00gle made changes and it will leave the "7 box" as organics listings.
     
  3. nvcowboy

    nvcowboy Newbie

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    I hate Google sometimes ... mostly all the time.

    So I did a search with instant on and I get the Google Places with a map on the right for a local search phrase. My client who used to be above the fold on Search has now been pushed down below the places that are showing up as SEO.

    When I turned off instant same thing ... one caveat, when I did a "KW" then the former "regular" SEO results popped up.

    I guess this may mean more business for me since I do offline but I certainly don't like Google shoving their idea of what my experience should be down my throat!

    the cowboy
     
  4. teeniegenie

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    When the new KY tool came out local searches were dramatically lower, almost across the board. The new numbers are probably more realistic from my experience.

    The disappearance of the 7 box is the result of beta testing G is doing with their local search right now. We had it here in Vegas a few days back but now its gone back to the way it used to be. Eventually I think they'll make the local listings all look like organic results. This will make it more competitive (= more adsense revenue for G) to get on the first page for local search terms.