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Google Place Pages - No More Citations

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by englandrm, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    Saw this article: http://searchengineland.com/google-overhauls-place-pages-emphasizes-reviews-kills-citations-86914


    They've removed the citations and are now focusing on Reviews.

    Is it still worth doing the citations?



    And: To get reviews for my clients, I've been using a redirect. Basically I get my client to give their clients an easy domain. TheirWebSite.com/review/ , and then hook that link to auto-redirect to the long Google Place Page Address. So every time they get a client, they give them a card, and hopefully get a review.
     
  2. cybersage

    cybersage Regular Member

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    I think that places will still use citations for ranking. perhaps they removed it because their algorithm flagged and de-indexed places a lil while back

    Another idea for clients to get reviews is to use QR codes and print those on the back of business cards.
     
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  3. asiriusthoth

    asiriusthoth Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I also heard about that this morning. I'm still going to create citations, but I might not focus as much attention on it. I know that reviews are very very important for ranking. You have to at least get the gold starts (5 reviews) and go from there.
     
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    I agree, I still think they will use citations for their places page for rankings. Maybe the recent change is just temporary since the Panda update.