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SEO For Google Local Search Results (Google Places)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bosmolskate, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. bosmolskate

    bosmolskate Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have a few clients with multiple business locations that want to rank in Google Places. i was wondering how to name the business in Google Places and when getting citations from other sites?

    Do you keep all the business names the same or do you add the location (city name) that they operate in to differentiate your listings and to better optimize it?

    THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT!
     
  2. bosmolskate

    bosmolskate Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Anyone that can help me here?
     
  3. ramtripper

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    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/285233-newbies-jackpot-47-google-places-maps-videos-37-files-my-search-engine-optimization-library.html

    Download all and watch the setting up Local videos parts 1-3
     
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  4. samuel88

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    for SEO please visit orangesoftltd. I think you will get service at cheap rate
     
  5. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    dont use any keywords or location in your title or google will bann your listing and put it under reveiw then reject it
     
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    Are you sure? Any proof please?
     
  7. cloakndagger

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    ABSOLUTE CRAP.Do some research,better still create listings before posting crap like this.So if a real business is called new york plumbers they will be banned will they?1000's of businesses are genuinely keyworded both what they do and city.I deal with a few and have seen 100's.
    What you don't do is place the city keyword in the CATEGORIES the business name can be whatever you want it to be.BIG DIFFERENCE!
     
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  8. playerapX

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    lol obviously laptopsmasher has no idea what he is actually talking about.
     
  9. Longover

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    Yeah, you won't get banned. But if you're an idiot and think that you can go "THE BEST FREAKING NEW YORK LAWYER - CLICK HERE NOW" That will probably get your listing removed.
     
  10. Ken27

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  11. gundamwing

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    is easy to rank local (if medium difficult competitor)
    my title main page product + in location
    i have real business rank 1 " item + location" on google
    it take a month because google need to verified the address
    they send mail/letter to address that ive signup on google business
     
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  12. ramtripper

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    Any other optimization tips? Lets say its hard competition, what else do you have to do to guarantee ranking in at leaat a, b or c spots?

    Niche for example

    Home inspector new york

    Or

    Realtor ny
     
  13. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    i guess a lot a smartasses here why you dont go and read
    it here googledotcom/support/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=107528 what is allowed and what not.

    here is another link blumenthalsdotcom/blog/2010/11/17/google-places-updates-quality-guidelines

    just remove the dot to .com

    google use to not enforce that rule but since of latest update in february they are going after the kw and location in title of biz name also in the spamming of categories with location is gone ohh and i forgat also the additional details section are enforced now but hey why would i know better then all you hot shot marketers, i only have ranked over 400 companys on front page so i guess i have no clue what im talking about as like playerapx said
    good luck on reading and getting up to date

     
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  14. laptopsmasher

    laptopsmasher Registered Member

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    its obvious that you are a noob when you started your online venture last week?
    thats how you sound like
    get a grip
     
  15. laptopsmasher

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    Google Places Marketing ? 7 Deadly Mistakes That Can Get Your Local Search Listing Suspended Or Banned


    Local Search Mistakes To Avoid
    Google Places provides a great way for businesses to get found in local search when someone is looking for a specific business for a specific purpose.

    So, when you?re focusing on your local search marketing, play by their rules and keep the following in mind.

    Many businesses in their eagerness to get found online will create or modify the title of their business listing on Google Places to do one of the following:

    Include their location in the business title
    Add special characters to make the business listing stand out more
    Give a phone number in the listing title
    Provide a website in the listing title
    Unfortunately, each of these attempts to make your Google Places listing more visible to local search customers can actually end up getting your listing deleted or banned.

    7 Deadly Google Places Mistakes To Avoid
    Let?s say your business is a coffee shop named ?Blend In? and the business is a corporation. Let?s also say the name of your corporation is Blend In, Inc. Google may or may not have already created a listing for you on Places.

    If the listing already exists, you just need to ?claim? it and verify that you are the owner. If it does not yet exist, then you need to go through the steps to set it up.

    Mistake #1 ? Failing To Use Your Official Business Name In Google Places Title Listings
    Either way, when you get to the field that is the Title of the listing, you want to use the official business name, Blend In, Inc. or the name of the official business on all of its signage, letterhead, business cards, etc., ?Blend In.?

    Google feels that extensions that describe the company or type of entity don?t really help searchers to find the business, so they would actually prefer you just leave that stuff off the listing, but for legal reasons, you may want to include the ?Inc.?, ?LLC? or ?Ltd? extensions if you operate as a corporation or limited liability company.

    Mistake #2 ? Adding a Location To Your Google Places Listing
    Examples of violations of Google?s Places policies include changing your listing in any of the following ways:

    Blend In Coffee House In San Francisco ? It is not okay to add a location to your business listing?s title. Location are included in the Street Address, City/Town and Postal Code sections of your listing.

    Google is smart enough to extract this information so that it will display your business in the results for a search for ?San Francisco Coffee House.?

    If you want additional emphasis on location, include it in the Description field for your listing. If you?re located in a hard to find spot within an office building, complex or shopping center, then include the specifics about how to find your business in the Description field.

    Mistake #3 ? Adding Keywords To Your Google Places Listing
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    Similarly, don?t include keyword information about your business in the listing title if it does not appear in the official name of your business.

    If you run New England Boat Charters and that is the name of your business, then it?s fine for your business name listing title to mirror that.

    But, if you run New England boat charters and the name of your business is Captain Nemo?s, then you?re stuck with that title for your listing.

    You could face listing suspension or being banned from search results if you changed your title to ?Captain Nemo?s New England Boat Charters.?

    The ?New England Boat Charters? in that case should be placed in the Description field for your listing.

    Mistake #4 ? Adding a Phone Number To Your Google Places Listing Title
    Even though it?s cool for your phone number to show up in the title of your listing, the only way you can do that and be in compliance with Google Places terms of service is to have your phone number be part of your official name.

    This works fine for 1 800 Flowers, but for our boat charter business, you could get your listing axed if you changed it to ?Captain Nemo?s (212) 444-4949.

    Phone numbers belong in the Phone number field of your places listing.

    Mistake #5 ? Adding a Website Address To Your Google Places Listing
    The same applies to websites. While it may be desirable for your listing title to show as ?Captain Nemos CaptainNemosChartersdotcom unless that is your official business name it can get you in trouble with Google?s local search quality team and result in your listing disappearing from search results altogether.

    Mistake #6 ? Adding Punctuation To Your Google Places Listing Title
    Don?t add cute little punctuations to make your listing stand out more than it already does. Leave your business as is.

    In our example, the listing ?Captain Nemo?s? should not be changed to ?!!Captain Nemo?s!!? or ???>Captain Nemo?s<??? or any other variation where you add additional characters that are not already in the business?s name.

    Mistake #7 ? Adding Excessive Capitalization To Your Google Places Title
    Last but not least, Google is pretty persnickety about adding too many capitals to your listing. So, just as you shouldn?t ?scream? at people when sending e-mails or instant messages by using all capital letters when typing, you also should not ?scream? your business name in Google Places listings by doing the same thing.

    So, if you?re Captain Nemo?s, be sure not to change your listing title to all caps so that it reads ?CAPTAIN NEMO?S? as this is just as much a violation of Google?s Places policies as any of the other mistakes described above.

    How To Change Your Title To Be More Attractive Without Violating Google?s Places Policies?
    So, let?s say that you have a listing on Google Places or are about to create one and you DO want to include some information that is not in the official business name. Is there anything that you can do?

    Yes, of course there is. Just change the name of the business to include the information you want in your Places listing. For example, it may not be a bad thing to change your business name from ?Captain Nemo?s? to ?Captain Nemo?s New England Boat Charters.?

    This can help you online, with your website URL and in printed Yellow Pages listings to stand out more and help people who see the name of your business know what you do and where you do it.

    Be sure to keep all of these considerations in mind when reviewing or creating a Google Places listing. We do this at Done For You Internet Marketing and Done For You Marketing, and you should too. Just follow Google?s guidelines and keep your business showing up in those critical search engine results pages!

    here is another post for all pros

    googledotcom/support/forum/p/Places/thread?tid=2129603fd5e43ad6&hl=en
     
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    Although u made ur point on what not to do... The information people really want is WHAT TO DO.
     
  17. laptopsmasher

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    you posted above a link to a google places video course have you watched it?
    there should be all your answers

     
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    i have and ive implemented everything the guy said with 4 different listings. some were new, some already existed.

    the results are:

    crap.

    new listings are pretty much god knows where at the bottom of the barrel,
    existings listings didnt move for shit.

    I optimized the description, categories, added 10 pictures, all named with keywords, a few videos with keywords for names (youtube page), the additional info i did the
    company + keyword : url
    keyword : keyword
    keyword : keyword
    keyword : keyword
    keyword : keyword
    Cities serviced near (current city): Other city
    other city : other city

    etc.. i did everything everywhere, gave it one week after confirmation, and sure i can find the listing at the bottom of the shitter, but what good is that.

    So, like i said... anybody got any good tips on what to do, cuz im all out of ideas.


    of course, dont get me wrong, i am asking for help with a very competitive field.... called Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. It doesn't matter what business ur in here, it's pretty much going to be saturated. So im looking for help with competitive keywords.
     
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  19. affarmy

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    so much disinformation.
    1) Point the local listing to either a) solid ranking site that is well optimized for the same keywords/categories,
    or 2) use another website that is ranking well for the same terms.

    The website chosen in the places listing is HUGE for ranking purposes.
    Think about it- if you have a solid website, G is going to reward your local listing.
    If your site is crap or you dont have a site, then good luck going against those that DO.
     
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    Then explain this: why are unclaimed, unconnected-to-a-website listings made by Google, ranking higher than a ton of partially or fully optimized listings. These unclaimed listings are also 8 times farther than the optimized listings by distance from the location entered in google, or the location the computer is used from.