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Google Places Optimization/Ranking

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by localdominator, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. localdominator

    localdominator Newbie

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    GP has made a bunch of changes lately. How has it affected you or your clients in terms of traffic/rank? Are you increasing/decreasing? Thoughts on how to adapt and or combat the new tweaks anyone...?:D
     
  2. graddis

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    client reviews, citations and good ol' seo. thats the combo that works. most of my clients took a major leap because now seo play a more important role
     
  3. corvettespeeder

    corvettespeeder Regular Member

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    I am happy that seo plays a role in the places now.
     
  4. Lawrencess

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    I have found it to be an interesting experiment.

    I run dual listings for my offline business, one keyword stuffed and the other just company information.

    They are 1 and 3 in the 9 place long list at the moment.

    Keyword leavy listing is number 3 FYI.
     
  5. localdominator

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    One thing someone pointed out to me just recently is that the decrease I have seen in traffic in some listings could be due to more clicks on their website. I have checked the analytics and confirmed this nearly across the board.

    Interestingly, for those who don't have a website they have been still have been displaying front page with very little difference. It seems as though only the ones that did have a website changed a bit until I checked the site traffic and cleared up the discrepancy.

    On a different note, I have also noticed that where citations are placed is greatly impacting results. Meaning, Google is weighting them differently from one site to another. I did a test in creating the same reviews on multiple sites for a test biz to see how it would rank and I got some interesting results. It seems that G first wants big name sites or national/state level citations, then looks for niche sites, then looks for social sites, then review sites, then everything else. Can anyone else confirm this?
     
  6. enygma

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    Just wanted to add, Goog's official position on Places is it's still in a beta-ish stage, so things can change day to day by their own reckoning. Have to agree with Graddis tho'
    seem to be playing reasonably equal roles AND completeness of the profile as well.

    I also think they're giving brownie points for "participation" i.e. using their other tools, COUPON offers! I got a brand new client, brand new site with little offsite seo as yet a huge bump using the coupon offer, status/update post and a cpl other bigG free business tools. As best as I can tell tho' coupons did the most damage to the competition.
     
  7. localdominator

    localdominator Newbie

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    Have any of you been getting calls from google asking you to put out for tags? I have had a number of customers route their calls to me from Google trying to hit them up.
     
  8. enygma

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    Not calls, but every time I log into places, it prompts me to try the 1st month free...
     
  9. JamesHenry

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    I had really nice listings when they first changed. Over the last two weeks i have had changes in the positions.
     
  10. localdominator

    localdominator Newbie

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    Overall, I like the shift,(although it entails more work than in the past) it has improved my client's visibility and they have been satisfied with the results. I am interested to see if anyone uses the Hotpot. I think it may be too early yet to tell if that is going to succeed/flop.
     
  11. jannie

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    Personally I love the new google places ranking method.

    Put simply it moves ranking more towards the classic google ranking factors...high quality targeted content and high quality backlinks....
     
  12. durjoy

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    Hotpot gonna be flop product . for sure.
     
  13. KBC-12

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    I wouldnt be so sure. If they use android to push hotpot they may have success with hotpot. Android has really been increasing its market share.
     
  14. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    does anyone found a way around the postcard verification yet? do you think this is temporary and G will bring back phone verification?
    thoughts?
     
  15. adminx

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    I'm experimenting with my own GP account...
    theme is: SEO using Maps/Places
    after about a week I dominate
    on a 100km radius... for a bunch of targeted keywords..
    with keyword: cities or zips or even the region/county...

    funny if I search: g00gle city|zip|region or county
    I come up no1... (not sure what use that is... lol)

    I find stuffing the places "title" for new listing hosted on new domains
    ranks equal to places accounts hosted on aged domains

    I setup a free w0rdpress.c0m account and I'm dominating above
    web agencies that have been in place for years...

    the name of my GP is keyword+the 1st two numbers of the zip code...
     
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  16. MagicMike

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    Is everyone experiencing G going to complete postcard verification recently? That's whats happening here... only the postcard option.

    I completely expected this. It had to be done from G's point of view. I can't imagine they will continue this for very long. The sheer expense of sending out so many postcards, verifying them, extra staff, man hours, etc. tells me this is something temporary.

    However, they only have to do this a total of a couple of months a year to mess with a nice GP business.
     
  17. adminx

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    just did a sms verification 10 min ago...
    I'm in france the land of milk and honey
    the seo's promised land
     
  18. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    what did you verify a gmail account?
    since when sms where a option for gp listings? never heard of that



     
  19. cirfer

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    Has anyone experienced a GP listing be completely delisted? I mean url and all. Page now Now states" This address isn't supported by Google"

    Any ideas what this means, or if is similar in nature to being sandboxed and might reappiar?
     
  20. adminx

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    yes here in france either telephone, sms, or post card...
    to verify a new GP listing

    maybe there are less spam scam crap here ...

    as I said the land of SEO milk and honey at least for the time being...

    I up a screen-shot if I could ... not sure if I can though