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    Google local business listing optimization


    Friends, Can you explain please how we can promote to Google local business listing( Google place). Does reviews help in Google places ranking.?
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    Hi John,

    Yes, reviews do improve the ranking. Other things that help are:

    - citations
    - website local SEO
    - attaching the website to the Google Places listing
    - filling in properly the business information on the Places page

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    yes it can help.. but your text input on your listings have a big factor for ranking.
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    Local business submission


    Yes, You can get benefit of review submission for Google ranking.
    You can also submit your site in business directory sites of your country or region. Local business submission helps to target your local area for advertising your site or business. You have to submit all right information about your business like email id, name, phno, address etc.
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    Of course you can.
    Local business submission helps to target your local area for advertising your site or business.
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    I would also recommend building more local links. Not simply the general SEO link building back to your site, but more local links that mention your business name, address, phone number and URL. As with normal SEO you can include them in forms of social media and posts, but it would be beneficial to get these links from other sites such as bloggers, business sites and directories because they act as a sort of review. ;)
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    A few factors that influence you local listing's rankings
    - Geographic distance of the user from your business place
    - Geographic distance of your business place from city center
    - Citations

    Citations / reviews contribute a lot in improving your rankings. since, Google loves to display reliable results to its user.
    Every review counted as vote for your business listing, it may be good or bad.
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    Optimize the Description and Title...


    Optimize the Description and Title...
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    Originally Posted by Nyagoslav
    Hi John,

    Yes, reviews do improve the ranking. Other things that help are:

    - citations
    - website local SEO
    - attaching the website to the Google Places listing
    - filling in properly the business information on the Places page

    Greetings,
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    I think that list pretty much covers it.

    FYI -Citations = Name, Address & Phone Number.
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    As I know local listing help you to get target users on your site you just need to define the location of your business in google map.
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    Originally Posted by johnanthony
    Friends, Can you explain please how we can promote to Google local business listing( Google place). Does reviews help in Google places ranking.?
    reviews,citations,photo optimization,video optimization and phone optimization are some workloads you could to to your site.
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    Originally Posted by vipubhalodia
    Yes, You can get benefit of review submission for Google ranking.
    You can also submit your site in business directory sites of your country or region. Local business submission helps to target your local area for advertising your site or business. You have to submit all right information about your business like email id, name, phno, address etc.
    Thanks guys..
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    Originally Posted by johnanthony
    Thanks guys..
    Thanks for what? A bunch of shouts!? Does anyone here have a #1 ranking for a local search term with the various sounds bites that you have been provided? Were you able to create a tangible to do list that isn't just busy work but will actually provide you with results?

    Here what I think is the best authoritative piece on local search. Don't scan it read it: http://www.davidmihm.com/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml

    Despite all of the factors people say are important, I have found links from decent quality related websites using the anchor text you desire to rank for out trumps, reviews, etc., etc. I have at least 10 companies I've worked with, all have #1 local rankings because of 3rd party links not even from local businesses either. Most have no reviews etc. too.

    To give this forum some more value, consider giving well thought out responses instead of jumbles of sound bites (just my opinion).
    Last edited by europa; Aug 18th, 2011 at 11:26 PM.
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