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    No big deal Lb. Maybe some day I'll have five physical offices and I can actually use five listings!

    It does make you wonder how many people are putting multiple listings there on purpose.
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    I would figure there are a number of people who create multiple local listings and probably get away with it. For how long, who knows but I imagine they will catch on and all that time spent will go down the tubes. Who knows if there will be a penalty applied or not but I would want to be on the good side vs the bad side.
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    I figured this would be the place for this.
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    Yep that's a good one PhillipSEO.

    OK HERE ARE THE NEW DUPLICATE LISTING INSTRUCTIONS

    Google did follow through on my request which is awesome!

    http://www.google.com/support/places...&answer=183009

    However I'm still not sure the instuctions are correct or clear. Keep an eye on this post for possible additional information.

    http://www.google.com/support/forum/...28c0fbd3&hl=en

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    • PhilipSEO agrees : good stuff, thanks for sharing
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    It also helps to mention the keywords in the title and description of your local listing. That's if you can put them in the title without it appearing stuffy. (sorry philip read that link after I posted!)
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    Originally Posted by seogoat
    It also helps to mention the keywords in the title and description of your local listing. That's if you can put them in the title without it appearing stuffy. (sorry philip read that link after I posted!)
    Absolutely bad advice. That can get you penalized.

    Can't add keywords or location to your title. Can't repeat any words in your description, that are in your title, address, city or categories.
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    Originally Posted by CatalysteMarketing
    Can't repeat any words in your description, that are in your title, address, city or categories.
    Reading this just made me think of the local "Cracker Barrel" - which happens to be on "Cracker Barrel Drive" - yet they still have a listing....... so that can't be entirely true...... you just can't add them in falsely

    If keywords are a part of your business name, then that's absolutely wonderful, and you can't deny that it will help you rank better......... but........

    If you use a slightly "adjusted" title that falsely includes your keywords in it, you're going to find that getting citations for your listing will be much harder (as the citations would need to be just as spammy)..... and that's why I always suggest keeping the title as the actual name of the business (usually as it appears in the yellow pages).

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    KW in Title


    If you google "Los Angeles Tutoring" the 7 box appears for maps and the top two names both contain KW in the their title. It doesn't seem to be stopping them.

    In fact, I found when I tastefully added KW to the end of my title it helped me rank for more KW.
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    Originally Posted by mtreidl
    If you google "Los Angeles Tutoring" the 7 box appears for maps and the top two names both contain KW in the their title. It doesn't seem to be stopping them.

    In fact, I found when I tastefully added KW to the end of my title it helped me rank for more KW.
    I'm sure as with most things that are "against the rules" (used loosely) G will catch on and people will get a slap. I would guess that there are many people who try to beat the system and are successful for some time.

    Look at the history of SEO... people loaded their pages with keywords, even unrelated terms, and it worked great then bam, G penalized those sites. Look at all the different link schemes that once were; they worked great for some time then G caught up and penalized them. I cannot see it being any different in this case.

    You control your own fate. Play by the rules and you'll be fine. Start playing with fire and you'll get burned eventually. I think it comes down to your goals and whether you are seeking short or long term success. Black hat (maybe not so much black hat in this case) techniques are typically geared towards short term goals IMO.

    Good luck and enjoy the rankings in the meantime :-)
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    Totally agree with Lb!

    Yes there are still Places ranking even with LOTs of spammy words in the title. However I think that those only last until the owners do an edit and then the new algo is somehow triggered to double check the account. At that point some get flagged for review or banned. (That's just assumption, not proven.)

    All I know for SURE is that when I take over an account, totally clean it up SQUEAKY clean per the guidelines my clients rankings ALWAYS go up. Never down.

    I cleaned up an account today that was just breaking a couple of small guideline violations and immediately pulled a 1 pack for one of the Drs. main key phrases.

    Not trying to play goodie two-shoes, but playing by the rules just always gets me further than breaking them.
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    Originally Posted by Ohioquotes
    I meant Google Places. And yes...I noticed I have 3 or 4 different ones. Same address, same phone number etc...Different titles. One is Affordable Health Insurance. Another is Low Cost Health Insurance.

    But each one is used for a different search term. I thought you are allowed to do that.
    Google should really have some guidelines out there specifically mentioning this. Are there none that anyone knows of?
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    How to report violations


    Hello All,

    There are two situations of Google Maps abuse that I would like to report to Google, and I was wondering if you could advise the best way to go about this?

    #1 is a business with like 20-30 fake locations across the US. This is nuts. Will Google go through the effort to make sure these addresses are real? I would assume the only way is to actually mail a letter there and receive it back.

    #2 is a single business that has created multiple listings at the same address, to target more keywords. They are obviously the same business, not multiple businesses at the same address. How do I give them the boot?

    Thanks Guys,
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    Not really sure how to report bad websites. I have learned over the years the cream always rises to the top.
    SEO is a huge experiment and seeing the extreme black hat sites does help us see the whole spectrum when optimizing. The good guys always win.
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    Local result optimization


    Hi SBR,

    I must say that u have very good observation.
    I would like to add one more point about local citations, After creating profile on these sites, claim that account/company for better results.
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    Cool


    I found those links which you listed worthwhile and I have bookmarked it for my website, I will try to follow the steps mentioned and let me see if i could get some potential traffics for my business.

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