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PO Boxes and SEO

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by concrete, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. concrete

    concrete Junior Member

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    I have a local IT business but I work from my home office. I have a PO box and I use that for everything related to my business. Today I was told that PO boxes were bad for SEO. What is everyone's thought on this? Is it going to really hurt me? My post office offers a "Street Addressing" services, see here:

    http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?create=kb:USPSFAQ&view()=c[c_uspsjch02132012]&varset%28source%29=sourceType:embedded

    would that be any better or do I need to get a virtual office?

    Does anyone else use a PO box and get good rankings?
     
  2. CenTex Hosting

    CenTex Hosting Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I would just use virtual office for the cost its not a bad investment.
     
  3. Lazlo1967

    Lazlo1967 Junior Member

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    PO Boxes are bad if you want to appear in Google's local search (formerly Places now part of G+). Google needs to see an actual street address. You might be able to get around this by leaving off the PO Box part and putting your address as something like:

    1 Main Street
    Suite 100 [your PO Box number]

    Test it to see if you actually get your mail, since Google will send a PIN via USPS to verify your local listing.
     
  4. concrete

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    Yeah i was referring to local seo.
    I already have got a pin using my PO box, I hope that doesn't hurt much when trying to use the post office's physical address.