Google Places - NO ADDRESS?

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Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience ranking a business on the first page of places while hiding the address of the business...

Wasn't sure how that would pan out with citations...

Thanks in advance,

Russell =P
#address #google #places
  • Profile picture of the author Headfirst
    I've seen it once. I've tried it myself a few times with no success.
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  • Profile picture of the author redcell1
    I have seen one that used a phony address.

    Their location was the freeway right next to the beach. It worked fine for them but hey you could try that.
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    Just here to see the shenanigans.

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  • Profile picture of the author Amir Luis
    Another option would be to go to the UPS store downtown. Get a mailbox there then submit that address. It would give you a REAL street and you can call the box number a "suite" number.

    Giving you the presence of a physical office on the internet and located downtown for centralizing the location.
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    • Profile picture of the author redcell1
      Originally Posted by Amir Luis View Post

      Another option would be to go to the UPS store downtown. Get a mailbox there then submit that address. It would give you a REAL street and you can call the box number a "suite" number.

      Giving you the presence of a physical office on the internet and located downtown for centralizing the location.
      That works wonders, I have a friend who has a UPS box that actually uses the "ste XXX" instead of P.O Box XXXXXX so if you did not show up to his address you would think he has an office.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArgusTargus
    Would anyone care to describe/explain what is Google Places?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lazy
      Originally Posted by ArgusTargus View Post

      Would anyone care to describe/explain what is Google Places?

      Google places is the local business directory for google maps. When you type in a geo keyword phrase like "san diego dentist" google will display a map with all the dentists.

      As offline marketers, it's our goal to get our clients into the coveted "A" slot on google places.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArgusTargus
    I see it now. Thanks!

    So, what are the rules for anyone to make it to the "A" list? Is it a fee? or is it similar to SEO optimisation? How do you even enter the list?

    Note: sorry if it's being unrelated to the purpose of this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amir Luis
    To get to the "A" Position.... you need a bunch of correctly formatted citations. Amongst other things.... A KML file and Google XML for geotargeting uploaded to you websites server doesn't hurt either....

    The list goes on....
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      Originally Posted by Amir Luis View Post

      To get to the "A" Position.... you need a bunch of correctly formatted citations. Amongst other things.... A KML file and Google XML for geotargeting uploaded to you websites server doesn't hurt either....

      The list goes on....
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      • Profile picture of the author SoundsGood
        Originally Posted by Anthony seoserviceagents View Post

        don't forget the kmz linked on your website
        What's this? :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author ArgusTargus
    Okay, great! Thanks for helping introducing me to google places.

    Internet is such a big and wide place. You think you know it, until someone-else says something.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Amir Luis
    Google Places is the Wild Wild West of the internet right now.....


    I love it. It is always good to be abreast of the new changes as they are happening.
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    • Profile picture of the author russellprisco
      Yeah, I just wonder how long UPS will work for since they've cracked down on PO boxes...

      Thanks for the responses though,

      Russell =P
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      • Profile picture of the author MercadeoEspañol
        Originally Posted by russellprisco View Post

        Yeah, I just wonder how long UPS will work for since they've cracked down on PO boxes...

        Thanks for the responses though,

        Russell =P
        Actually UPS works wonders because you don't have a PO BOX. You get a full normal business address...

        And it get even better, you can have a PREMIUM address, meaning that Google LOVES addresses close to downtown. Find out what Google considers THE BEST relevant Geo location in any town (the central point, the core, the nucleus) and chances are you can fins a UPS Store near there.
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  • Profile picture of the author ayolov
    Google frown upon PO boxes and UPS addresses. Try the "service area" if you don't want to give your address, not the best option, but at least you have a better shot that way.
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