A Quick Question on Google Places

by jdeer
7 replies
So I've started some SEO work for a friend who has a local business. He was listing 2nd on Google Places and 4th overall for a non competitive keyword. I optimized his site, created about 5 backlinks on article websites and optimized his listing on Google Places.

His site has gone from 4th to 10th and he isn't listing at all in Google Places anymore. I just added a normal description, some pictures, a video and just the basic information.

Any ideas on why this happened?

To give as much information as possible:

The site was optimized and cached around the same time as the Google Places update (5 days ago) and the backlinks all came from safe, normal places (like local directories, a couple of articles).
#google #places #question #quick
  • Profile picture of the author jdeer
    Just to add - Thanks for advance for your replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Davmac40
    Hi,
    it isn't unusual for Google position to drop while a site is being reviewed - I can't speak for Google Places because I've never used it - but it is normal with Google. Just be patient and it will probably come back in a few days to a few weeks.
    It doesn't appear you've done anything detrimental -
    Regards,
    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author TWalker
    I would assume it is GP dance for a while. I would cover every other detail of course, while waiting.

    Are you sure you didn't keyword SPAM or do anything wrong? If not you can only wait.
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    • Profile picture of the author jdeer
      Originally Posted by TWalker View Post

      I would assume it is GP dance for a while. I would cover every other detail of course, while waiting.

      Are you sure you didn't keyword SPAM or do anything wrong? If not you can only wait.
      The only thing I can think of was I posted a link in my blogroll (PR1) on a site that isn't related to the the local business. The other links all come from four different article directories with original content and also a local listing directory.

      Thanks for your response and thanks to Dave also.
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  • Profile picture of the author bboretsky
    I have a question about the free Google Adwords certificates that are floating around for Google places. I don't have a local business but have sites with stuff for sale. Any ideas on how to use the free Adwords credits in that scenario?
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    • Profile picture of the author jdeer
      Just to update you on this, instead of just waiting it out I decided to take another look at the Google Places information.

      I had missed out some of the information on the business name, meaning that it didn't match to the website. I changed it, and within minutes, it went back to where it was and has since moved up the rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author spoiledkid01
    Do not stuff keywords and repeat city name not even two times in the whole listing. Put what google asked and where he asked about it.
    Second thing correct your ON PAGE SEO according to your place page.
    DO NOT CREATE BACKLINKS TO YOUR PLACE PAGE !!!
    You need to create CITATIONS for that.
    Skype me i can give you pretty good marketing advice on it.
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