Like many people, I signed up with Google Local when I started my business .. and it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Now I find that for most dog walking terms in my state or the suburbs that I service near by where I live it has KILLED MY BUSINESS.
That is, Google ads are at the top of the page, then 1 or 2 businesses are placed next with their title and desctiption, then starts the anonymity of GOOGLE LOCAL (A TO G).
around six businesses are listed purely by business name and location (street address). It rips any differentiation out of the business and my leads from google organic search have pretty much died for the last five months.
Even for my immediate suburb, because I am in google local, it lists me with one or two other businesses (almost anonymously) and all the other businesses on the page have full title and description.
the big risk with not being in google local is that if i dont rank in the top two businesses on a page, then I will appear below the google local listings and below the fold and it will be just as bad.
HAS ANYONE FOUND A SOLUTION TO THIS BUSINESS KILLING GOOGLE INNOVATION???