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Google Places-Keyword in biz name

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by graddis, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. graddis

    graddis Junior Member

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    Hi All-

    I have conflicting information on putting your main local keyword in your google places listing.

    i have gone through 6 or 7 courses and each one seems to vary differently.

    Should i put the keyword in the title like the example below?

    Beautiful Smiles-Atlanta Dentist

    Will this get you banned for spamming?

    thanks in advance
     
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  2. pagman13

    pagman13 Newbie

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    i don't think it will
     
  3. ragster

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    To be on the safe side (especially if it's for a client), I would leave it out for now.

    See how you rank without it - it may not be necessary if you do all that other good stuff in those courses.

    If you don't rank, you could always put it in later.
     
  4. theimfactory

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    I dont think for you biz to come up in the local pages makes a difference having the keyword in the name.. concentrate on putting all the info you can in your local page, all the pics, videos, everything, also in description and other places put down your keyword, but dont over do it... reviews and citations are the 2 biggest things in order to get in the 7 box... make profiles of your business in yelp.com, ypclick.com, merchancircle etc... as many local directories as you can... have your friends and family write reviews for you and your customers... you should be able to rank in no time
     
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  5. wookie85

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    The kwd in the title DOES make a difference and a big one for a matter of fact but it is against the TOS of Google to include it unless it is included in the actual business name...bottom line, I wouldn't do it, Just follow RayRod's advice and stay out of trouble...
     
  6. graddis

    graddis Junior Member

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    all good advice thanks.

    yeah i was reading that nitro course(lbmm) and while it found it to be a great course overall, it seemed a bit spammy for the g map listing.

    they place the main kw in the biz title, category, and additional info at the bottom.

    now if i can just solve how to get reviews from different ip's! :cool:
     
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    There are plenty of examples out there where the keyword is not in the name. If the name with a kw in it does not sound natural, I'd say don't do it. Ray Rod is right about the citations and reviews...
     
  8. florinosci

    florinosci Registered Member

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    I have several Google Places listings in the 7-box that have a business name that is exactly the same as the keyword I'm targeting. (eg Seattle CLEAR Internet). I put these listings up over 6 months ago and they made it to the 7-box about 2 months later. They disappeared for awhile and I thought Google was on to me, but now they are back up and have been so for 3 months.

    I keep hearing people say that having a business named exactly the same as your keyword doesn't work anymore but I have not put any new listings up on Google Places recently so I can't attest to that.

    I'd say go for it.
     
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  9. theimfactory

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    I am sure people here can help you with the reviews... if you send me your page i will be happy to help you out, i can write a review for you if you need one.. also if you have different gmail accounts, there is ways to used them with different ips... search for the course GOOGLE MAPS CASH in here, even tho its a bit old but they cover the basic stuff and they give you some directories of where to get citations... and also a site that you go to and you can surf any page with a different IP
     
  10. duff

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    I loaded a client's G maps/places listing (it was called Local Business Center back then) with keyword better describing his business and it was ok for about a year. It's been recently yanked. I've read that a lot of others are being yanked now too. Definitely against G's TOS. Business name MUST be the legal name or legally registered DBA. Sure you can get away with it for a while, but why put all that work into just to have to start all over again later?
     
  11. teeniegenie

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    One thing getting people pulled from G maps/places is the use of dirt lots (like Kimball recommends in Google Maps Cash) for addresses. That is pretty easy to get nailed on, as the map listings now have "street view" right there to see that your address is bogus!
     
  12. Rhazha

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    Another thing to consider is the niche we are dealing with. Many doctors (and/or in the medical industry),
    have their name and profession listed together because seems to be natural to have their name followed by the title: John Steven- Psychotherapist.
    In some cases you can go around...but it does sound spammy if every company out there is called "Uga Uga Spray Foam Insulation."

    In this case, it's very likely they'll receive a notification (as I did) to "EDIT" my listing (s), and I did. All clients that had professions similar
    to the example above, kept the listings the way they were.

    That's why I believe that you MAY be able to go around having "keywords" in the title based on the profession/niche you are dealing with.
     
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  13. wookie85

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    Yeah, I agree, it depends on the niche and on what the other results are in the box...
     
  14. rockstar73

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    I just started playing with this myself. I created a auto repair listing in my city. I named the business title: example "auto repair san diego". I then loaded it with my keywords, added pics named with my primary kw, choose a fake address which is located next to real mechanic shops. The address is real, but i chose "BLD J" which doesnt exist. I used a local google voice number to activate the listing. added a keyword rich youtube video. So now im just waiting to see what happens.

    I plan on renting it out and leaving the google voice number the same. I was going to use vumber but they dont have a local number for the city.
     
  15. jamesbelaugh

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    It definetely makes a difference. You can still get it on the map without it but you will rank higher on the list with it.
     
  16. Izesta

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    I had my business at the top of Google Local for about a year with the biz name, keywords, title tag all the same. About 3 months ago, Google must have caught on and my listing was removed because it was against TOS.

    I have not been able to get it back. I'm thankful I am at the top of organic. Taught me a valuable lesson since the hows of getting to top of organic does not change as often as they mess with Local. Relying too much on Google Local is trouble.