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Google Places rank caused Organic Sandbox!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by rolarome, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. rolarome

    rolarome Newbie

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    hi,

    shocking weird one today.

    i'm web manager for a tourism site and we always ranked 1 or 2 google.com for (city name) tours.

    yesterday, the google places page I set up showed for the first time at 1 when (city name) tours was entered in google.com search box.

    guess what?

    now the website is not in the top 200 results for (city name) tours or tours (city name). these are the only two keywords pushed on the places page.

    seems that google has penalized me for putting the website top of places and top for organic results. seems that google don't accept websites at top 3 organic AND top 3 google places.

    result is destruction of 4 years seo.

    please can anyone advise me further? is this a one off? an anomaly? pending re-rank? smthg more sinister...? :-(

    thanks guys :)
     
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  2. WHmaniac

    WHmaniac Newbie

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    From what I've seen, your #1 places ranking may be influenced by the SEO for your regular website, so I wouldn't consider your efforts "wasted."

    Recently, a client of mine was ranking on the third page of the places results. His regular site was on page two. I did a little bit of linkbuilding and his site moved to the bottom of the first page for some of the main local keywords. His places page was only slightly influenced. Then, I started building citations for his places page and that shot him up to #7 in the rankings, but his regular site by itself was nowhere to be found. However, the places page is already connected with his site, so clicking on it actually takes you to the site and not the places page... Basically, it's similar to having the regular site move up in the listings with the added perk of the phone number and address displayed on the side immediately.

    I wouldn't worry about it...
     
  3. cybersage

    cybersage Regular Member

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    Basically what happened to you is that your place listing merged with your organic listing (usually this is a good thing). For areas with a decent population you will not see a organic listing and place page with the same URL on page 1. You can work around this by either back linking to an interior page and get that ranked, or use an interior page as your places URL. Hope this makes sense and helps. Honestly though, get 5 reviews and you'll get your star rating to show which drives up CTR in my humble opinion.
     
  4. trydawnato

    trydawnato Newbie

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    i was shocked to know about this.. have you heard about reverse seo? maybe a competitor did this to your web site.
     
  5. gullsinn

    gullsinn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Pm me the URL of your website. I can help you in this.
     
  6. Bragah

    Bragah Regular Member

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    Muahahaha this is the best joke I heard in the past week ^^

    On topic :
    I can`t say for sure if it`s an update [ same thing happened to me yesterday : exactly same situation ] or it`s a temporary situation.
    Either way, we need to crack algo all the time so I`m kinda used to these bounces... You just need to find out how to get your site back up ^^

    In my case, I`ll wait for a few days and then I`ll start off with some naked url backlinking.
     
  7. reinie

    reinie Elite Member

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    Your two listings basically got combined.
    Your places page is connected with your website right?