Is it safe to assume this about google places listings???

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Hey All,
I have a simple question regarding the listings in google places when you do a local search for local businesses. When I do a search lets say for dentists in city, state you get the listings of businesses at the top in google places. I notice that in the google places listings that the business either has a website url for their business or it says maps.google.com

Is it safe to assume that anyone that doesn't have a url in google places but has maps.google.com instead simply doesn't have a regular website at all?

I'm getting started selling mobile websites and I find potential customers by searching locally for businesses who have a regular website and are on page one of google already. They should already know the value of having a website and being on the first page of google so I figure they'd have to be stupid to not go mobile as they could be losing up to 25% of potential customers who find them on smartphones in google but they don't have a mobile friendly site.

Maybe I should be selling regular websites first as it appears that lots and lots of local businesses by me don't even have a regular website.

Anyway sorry for the semi long post so I'll ask my question again - Is it safe to assume that anyone that doesn't have a url in google places but has maps.google.com instead simply doesn't have a regular website at all?

Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Hi Mike,

    No, its not safe to assume that if a places page has a maps.google url that the company does not have a web site.

    The reason why is...

    Google found the company's citation somewhere online and created the places page for the company. These places pages are usually unverified due to the fact that the business owner has no idea that Google created a places page for them.


    Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

    Hey All,
    I have a simple question regarding the listings in google places when you do a local search for local businesses. When I do a search lets say for dentists in city, state you get the listings of businesses at the top in google places. I notice that in the google places listings that the business either has a website url for their business or it says maps.google.com

    Is it safe to assume that anyone that doesn't have a url in google places but has maps.google.com instead simply doesn't have a regular website at all?

    I'm getting started selling mobile websites and I find potential customers by searching locally for businesses who have a regular website and are on page one of google already. They should already know the value of having a website and being on the first page of google so I figure they'd have to be stupid to not go mobile as they could be losing up to 25% of potential customers who find them on smartphones in google but they don't have a mobile friendly site.

    Maybe I should be selling regular websites first as it appears that lots and lots of local businesses by me don't even have a regular website.

    Anyway sorry for the semi long post so I'll ask my question again - Is it safe to assume that anyone that doesn't have a url in google places but has maps.google.com instead simply doesn't have a regular website at all?

    Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      The maps.google.com usually means they haven't claimed their listing yet.
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Google found the company's citation somewhere online and created the places page for the company. These places pages are usually unverified due to the fact that the business owner has no idea that Google created a places page for them.
      Thanks for the replies. I now want to ask if the maps.google.com means they haven't claimed their listing and they don't know they have it, then should I be targeting these people for google places set up. If google has already listed them it sounds to me like half the work is done already. It seems like it would be easier to get someone set up who is already listed in google places on page one then to get someone not listed onto page one. Would these people be the easiest to target.

      Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author rbrShorty
        Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

        The maps.google.com usually means they haven't claimed their listing yet.
        Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

        Hi Mike,

        No, its not safe to assume that if a places page has a maps.google url that the company does not have a web site.

        The reason why is...

        Google found the company's citation somewhere online and created the places page for the company. These places pages are usually unverified due to the fact that the business owner has no idea that Google created a places page for them.
        Actually, none of both is completely correct. Having maps.google.com instead of a website means:

        1) When Google created a listing for some particular business as it found enough information on the web to do so, it did not find the website of this company, so it left the field blank

        2) When the business owner created the listing, they did not input the website for one reason or another.

        Basically, this means that the "website" field on the Place page is empty.

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        Nyagoslav
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        • Profile picture of the author jbtalk2me
          So does the maps.google url mean anything for sure?
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteSmarty
    Hey Mike: No to selling regular websites first. If you just want to sell and run, then you can try anything you want, but what works for me is getting my foot in the door, then "up offering". I never sell. I never use that dirty word "sell".

    Example: Cold contact: Do you want to buy a mobile website? Would you like me design a site for you? They can answer yes, no or maybe.

    When they trust you: You know, it would be pretty easy to make your website work on a cell phone. 9 times out of 10, they reply "I was thinking about that".

    That's how it works, when you're trusted.

    Once you have their trust and it doesn't take much to earn that trust, you can offer them anything. If you're good at what you do, you'll be their "go to guy" for all things internet related at which time you can outsource stuff if you have to.
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