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is g00gle business verification (almost) useless?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Paulie W, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Paulie W

    Paulie W Regular Member

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    I tried to verify a few different websites on g00gle business through instant verification, and every time it wasnt possible and I have to go through postcard verification.

    Of course I did some research on that and it seems like an instant verification is only possible if there is already an unverified business listing or if the business has many citations. So from what I found instant verification is useless for new websites / businesses. What do you think? Is it possible to verify a new business website without postcard?

    My process for verification was:

    - tracked with analytics
    - verified with webmaster tool
    - local onpage optimization
    - few citations for website. waited until they are indexed
    - after these steps are done, I tried to verify it on g00gle business. First I need to verify my account per phone although I used an aged gmail account which has been already phone verified. The problem is that the account has been verified through a US phone number, but since I dont live there I have to use a phone number from an European country (the business website is in the same country and city as the phone number). For verification of the account this seems to be not a problem, but after this step I can only chose the postcard verification. I´m not sure whether this is a general issue or whether it comes from the mismatch of the initial account verification (US) and the verification now (Europe).
     
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  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    No in fact business verification is a very strong signal for local ranking.

    But yeah, I only had success via the postcard method. They want to know where you live, your real phone nr. etc, which is just Google being Google.
     
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    its just secured way of verifying your business.. i don think so that it can be tackled. In india i din faced such things 2 years back when i started my company and had listings there instantly.
     
  4. Paulie W

    Paulie W Regular Member

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    Yea i forget the "instant" in the title. i just edited it for clarification.

    2 years is a very long time for g00gle. Right now it looks like there is no alternative for postcard verification
     
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    netcelal Senior Member

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    Google Business verification is really very useful for local Rankings
     
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    Google Business verification is really very useful for local Rankings..
     
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    i have made google business verification easily before a year when i first open my business. dont know how it works now.