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Google Page identified as SPAM

Discussion in 'Local SEO' started by bookbuster, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. bookbuster

    bookbuster Newbie

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    It is now very difficult to get a page verified by google just using a post office box. Somehow, I did get one page verified with just a post office box, but I did not get the main address that I wan to use for SEO.

    I have a post office box at this address, and it is paid in full for a year. They are requesting photos of the storefront.

    Now my business is a service business, I go to people's businesses and residences, and I don't have much need for an actual storefront, but I think it would add prestige to be on Google Maps.

    So what can I do? Should I try sending them some photoshopped store front?

    I am pretty sure the other option is that I will be hidden from maps, and marked as a service business with a service area on google maps, but exact location will be hidden.

    Example: Google OCAL pest control and click "search only for OCAL pest control" <--- that's my friend's business.
     
  2. Disloyal

    Disloyal Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You can show up on local listing by just displaying the town. All you have to do, is under the address section in Google Business check the part that says " I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location" and put within how many miles of your business you serve. This will only display the town you entered and not the full address.

    I wouldn't risk trying to trick Google, especially with your personal business and would go with the option I said above. Many business rank in the 7 pack doing this, I've done it couple times myself.

    Read more here:
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  3. Andrew Scherer

    Andrew Scherer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Interesting, never heard of them requesting a photo of the storefront before.
     
  4. PatCook

    PatCook Newbie

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    Go to a shop without a sign take a picture of you holding a hand written sign saying hello google.
     
  5. Avid Learner

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    With street level view in google maps, it better be similar looking facade to the address OP has, or will fail manual review (which this seems to be, if they are asking for a photo).
     
  6. Mikaelo

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    If they mark it as spam it is because they believe your profile is dodgy or maybe you have setup a profile on there before. I would suggest setting your business as service based and entering in your residential address for the postcard. You can also suppress an address too, if anything happens get the Google My Business team to give you a call. Depending on the rep, they can be quite helpful. Good luck!