Google Local Business Listings

Cheating with fake reviews or keyword stuffing the company name WILL Get you BANNED from Google Places… it IS possible to be forgiven IF you take certain steps!

The most valuable part of a local Google Advertising campaign, Google Local Business Listings are powered by Google Maps, which is now called Google Places.

Google Places business listings often appear above the organic Google listings

Google Search Results Broken Down

Did your Google Places Account Get Suspended?

  • Fake reviews you left singing your companies praises
  • keyword stuffing
  • entering too many custom categories
  • mud slinging by fake complaints against your competitors
  • opening a gmail account, leaving a fake review (and never logging back into that gmail account again… did you really think Google was that stupid?)

… every possible method of gaming the Google local business listing rankings has already been thought of, attempted in the last 6o minutes.

So… you bent the rules and were caught dirty??

Welcome to the club, you most certainly are not alone!

So now you’re kicked off, is there a Google path to redemption?

Yes there is!

If you want back in to the good graces of Google Places we can help!

Google announced that there are Quality Scores it uses as criteria to determine which websites should rank higher in Google’s Local Business Listing Rankings

Among them is to complete not only your Google Profile but if you have any, your employees Google profiles.  See my post on Real Estate Marketing blog platform ActiveRain:

So You Want Something From Google And Didn’t Hang Your Shingle Out

A more completely filled out contact us page is another common error of omission


If you’d like for us to pull your fat out of the fire, we can do that:

Guaranteed Google Places or Google Local Business Listing ranking

Top 3 listing for your main keyword in Google Maps Guaranteed

Many small businesses come to us with excellent ranking in the organic listings (sometimes called the natural search results or the main body of search results) but they are NOT ranking in the 3 pack of Google Maps. Google Maps is often the ONLY search results displayed on a smart phone. Increasingly people will start using their smart phone instead of a laptop, you need your company to rank in the top 3 or you will be virtually invisible. Fee for top 3 ranking in Google Places and one listing in the top ten Google organic listings $2400 annually

It’s widely known that to boost your ranking in Google Places you should add up to 10 photos or images to your Google Places Accout

Add Photos to Google Places

785 Wembly Dr Frederick Md 21701 240 397-9804

Local Google Advertising Strategist David Bruce Jr of Frederick Web Promotions

240 397-9804 cell, OK to call afterhours, I’m almost always available

Check your rankings often?

If you’re not paying attention you’ll get a very false sense of security.

News Bulletin: Google Doesn’t Show Everybody The Same Results!

It shows you what it thinks you want to see… Google’s Personalized Search is a game changer.

Google’s (and Broadcast Television’s) Advertiser Supported Business Model

For some time now (several years) Google records what your search habits are in an effort to be a more effective advertiser. It needs to learn something about you in order to know which advertisements you’re more likely to purchase from. Until recently Google only tracked you while you were logged in to your Google account (logged into Gmail and you’re logged into everything else Google, Gmail is to Google what your social security # is to Big Brother)

What are the implications for SEO?

If you have a commercial website and you’re concerned at where your company website ranks… and you search for your website often Google will NOT show you what your prospective customers see, Google will show you what it thinks you want to see.

You’ve inadvertently trained Google to display your website, artificially higher than it “really” is, and you did it to yourself.

Implications for Do It YouSelf SEOers are… well, plentiful.

You are more likely to (mistakenly) tell a SEO company, no thanks, don’t need you, am doing just fine by myself.

… and you’re not, but you don’t know that.

If you are an SEO and you check the rankings often so in a desperate attempt to have something in the way of vastly improved ranking results to show your new (nervous) SEO client…

all new SEO clients are nervous, they either don’t really understand what they’re paying you for OR they’ve done a lot themselves and just came to the conclusion it is productive to outsource this  to a professional… those clients are REALLY skeptical to see what it is they’re paying you for.

… Google is going to display what IT thinks you want to see, NOT what everyone else sees.

Moral of this story?

Since this is a “feeder blog” (aka supporting blog) and not my main blog I’m not going to tell you as much here as I do on but this much I am willing to share (for free, I am NOT in business to give away all my secrets for free):

Do NOT check your rankings from the same computer you promote from.

Do NOT cheat, game the system, practice Black Hat SEO, or even Grey Hat SEO From the same computer you check your ranking on.

Go to the Library to check what the rest of the world sees.

… this way you may not embarrass yourself the way I did right here on this blog

Improve ranking in Google Local Business Listings

Frederick Web Promotions

240 397-9804

Update 12/26/2009 (with Egg on my Face) Google’s Personalized Search has consequences if you check your own rankings too often. Rather than remove this (mistaken) post I’ll leave it up here as a lesson to those who insist on checking and rechecking their ranking in Google.

Google doesn’t show everyone the same thing. Google’s personalized search will display to you in response to your search query, what it thinks you want… and  part of that is based on the aggregate of your last 180 days of searching. Meaning if you check a given keyword/ keyword phrase too often, and you click on your website (or your competitors link) Google will assume you obviously like that site and it will show that site higher in the serps.


Below is my mistaken conclusion, a post that 3 weeks later I discovered I was wrong


Google Local Business Listings which is Googlemaps underneath is apparently removing SEO companies from the search results.

I don’t yet know if this is a nationwide change in the Googlemaps algorithim, Google is said to roll out changes incrementally in some markets (some data centers) to test in order to determine if they want to keep a change or drop it.

SEO companies have been learning how to improve the ranking of Googlemaps listings, and Google has been penalizing SEO firms for keyword stuffing and other methods of improving the ranking in the local business listings.

If you search in Maryland for the keyword phrases:

  • search engine optimization
  • internet advertising
  • internet marketing
  • search engine marketing
  • No More Googlemaps Listings For SEO Firms
    Now I’m searching from a Frederick Maryland IP address so as of this post I’m not sure if the Google results returned from a searcher searching from another state outside of Maryland. Google is known to display slightly different results to searchers searching in a given geographical area as opposed to searchers searching from elsewhere.

    Improve ranking in Google Local Business Listings

    Frederick Web Promotions

    240 644-7530

    Backlinks 101

    Backlinks are incoming links to a website or web page. In the search engine optimization (SEO) world, the number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (though other measures, such as PageRank, are likely to be more important). Outside of SEO, the backlinks of a webpage may be of significant personal, cultural or semantic interest: they indicate who is paying attention to that page.

    Where they come from and how the anchor text is written is critical to achieving success in the search engine results pages.
    Backlinks have become so important to the scope of Search Engine Optimization, that they have become some of the main building blocks to good SEO. Backlinks are links that are directed towards your website. Also knows as Inbound links (IBL’s). The number of backlinks is an indication of the popularity or importance of that website. Backlinks are important for SEO because some search engines, especially Google, will give more credit to websites that have a good number of quality backlinks, and consider those websites more relevant than others in their results pages for a search query.

    Building quality backlinks is extremely important to Search Engine Optimization, and because of their importance, it should be very high on your priority list in your SEO efforts

    Back links are really important. What I am noticing with my WordPress blog is that if I keep saturating it with good content, lots of ping backs are coming in from related blogs. The links are building because of the quality of the information that I am posting.

    When we say that more number of incoming links pointing toward your website defines Link Popularity, we are talking about your “website’s worthiness”. Link Popularity isn’t a chemical formula that can be attained by mixing two or more components. Gaining maximum number of links pointing to your website requires skills, backed up by your website’s worthiness. If your site is worthy of a link, you can earn a great profit with Link Popularity. And if it isn’t, all your Link Building efforts might go in vain!

    How does one get listed in Google locally?

    For example this blog is about geting your Maryland small business ranked in the first ten Google search resutls.

    Sidebar for SEO nomenclature: SERP. when you search for anything in Google what comes up is a SERP serp=search engine results page and that page consists of: 10 Organic or ‘natural’ search results in the body or middle of the serp page. One the right hand side are sponsored links or advertisements. the first three search results above the organic are often sponsored links. Sometimes when searching for local products or services Google shows what it calls Google Business Listings. Those are garnered from Google Maps.

    So how does one get ranked in Google locally? like for Maryland for example?

    People generally type a full sentence as a question:

    Where can I find X

    What Google returns is a listing of X thingys that are ONLY located in Maryland.