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

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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

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.

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

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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

    davidbrucejr@frederickwebpromotions.com