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i need advice on google places and yahoo locals.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Marcink99, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    Ok so I was playing with my local listing on google and yahoo once I realized that one of the competitors was using keyword in the title. I removed my old listings after waiting for a week to get new changes approved by g and created new ones(it was quicker this way). New title this time including keyword and new address as company moved. Before I was geting some results from the listings now barely any. Even If I put city name plus keyword. If I search for company name it pops up.

    Do I need to give it more time or what the deal its already past week. My website seo is good most of the time on first page for targeted keywords.

    Please advise on how to proceed:(

    For my title I used companyname|keyword perhaps I should use , instead of | but I dont know if this would make a difference
     
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  2. bo2kmm

    bo2kmm Registered Member

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    Putting keywords in Google Places company names is against the rules, unless it's actually part of your company name.

    As with most things in Google, some people who break the rules prosper, some get penalised, that's just the way it is.

    The other thing to remember is that one of the ways that Google ranks Places pages is by how many other references to the company name on the net it finds - which it then lists at the bottom of the places page.

    If you effectively change your company name AND address, the old info on your business isn't linked up, and you are starting from scratch - not a good spot as there will normally be a number of local directories with your basic info even without you creating it, if your business has been around for a while.

    Worth noting on the above is i'm no talking about linkbuilding here - Google counts REFERENCES to your company name, not links to your site. Quite a new concept for most SEO's.

    Hope this helps,

    Matt
     
  3. SecretMoney

    SecretMoney Regular Member

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    sorry i dont have any experience
     
  4. localdominator

    localdominator Newbie

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    Google recently changed how it pulls information into the name/title of your listing. It is not just based on what you put in as the name of the company. Like mentioned above, putting in a keyword in the name of the company if that is truly not part of the actual name will hurt your company since it is against Googles ToS.
    I have seen it hurt companies even when it is their actual name. What Google is doing now is actually pulling the data from the website, meaning, I have a client who is a dentist. In his Google Places listing I simply have his "First Last Name, DDS". However, when you see his local display results it puts in the "City - First Last Name, DDS". since that is how his website is setup. I just recently noticed this transition and I am seeing it happen with other clients.
     
  5. bo2kmm

    bo2kmm Registered Member

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    Then why even bother to reply? lol
     
  6. Lawrencess

    Lawrencess Junior Member

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    We have two unique google places listings for the one bricks and mortar business.

    One is keyword heavy, with an alternate phone number, and an address that is a subset of the main address (unit 6 / 123 road road suburb)

    The other is all 100% accurate, no keyword stuffing business listing.

    They leapfrog each other regularly, however the natural one is starting to take the lead with the recent places update.