Do you need a street address for Local Citations?

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Hey guys, if I were to remove my friend's street address from all of his local citations listings, will that cause any problems? Especially for Apple Maps, Google Maps and Mapquest?

Since he is an onsite heating technician so no need to have a storefront he would not like to have his house street address being displayed online anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author seocorporation
    I am answering this for Google Map only as I am only aware about it. You can hide the address in Google My business ( Google map) you can indicate that you provide services at client's location. This will not be a problem at all.

    Step by step instruction is as follows:
    1. Sign in to Google My Business and choose the listing you'd like to manage.
    2. Click Info at the top of the page.
    3. Click the Address section.
    4. YOU HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE "I deliver goods and services to my customers at their locations."
    5. Enter your service area information. You can set your service area based on the zip codes or cities that you serve, or on a given area around your location.
    6. Click Save.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikehende
      Originally Posted by seocorporation View Post

      I am answering this for Google Map only as I am only aware about it. You can hide the address in Google My business ( Google map) you can indicate that you provide services at client's location. This will not be a problem at all.

      Step by step instruction is as follows:
      1. Sign in to Google My Business and choose the listing you'd like to manage.
      2. Click Info at the top of the page.
      3. Click the Address section.
      4. YOU HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE "I deliver goods and services to my customers at their locations."
      5. Enter your service area information. You can set your service area based on the zip codes or cities that you serve, or on a given area around your location.
      6. Click Save.

      I am looking in the GMB but there isn't an Address section, please see attached pic:

      https://i.postimg.cc/tgHTZ1P6/Screen...9-59-56-AM.png

      Might be because I had chosen the option not to add a business location? If so, his full address is still showing on google though.
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      • Profile picture of the author seocorporation
        I saw the screenshot. Your location is not visible on GMB which you wanted. here is the screenshot: https://ibb.co/rxbcP2k
        I read in some comments above that hiding address with impact ranking in search engines. I don't feel it is true so you need not worry about that. make sure you keep it updated and keep on adding posts, images, seek genuine reviews from your happy customers and you will rank in your defined area which you can see in screenshot.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Problems? No. It's just that, without an address, Google will not know where he's at, so it will not know to whom to show him as an option. So, it will just not show it on the map; it will not show him when people in his area are looking for his service near me searches.


    Same with Apple and Mapquest.


    If he doesn't want his house address displayed, why not just rent a small office (10x10, so it's not expensive) and have that be the public address of his business?



    The whole thing with wanting to be found? You've got to tell people where you are.




    Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

    Hey guys, if I were to remove my friend's street address from all of his local citations listings, will that cause any problems? Especially for Apple Maps, Google Maps and Mapquest?

    Since he is an onsite heating technician so no need to have a storefront he would not like to have his house street address being displayed online anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Thanks, that's what I figured but as Seocorporation pointed out, if GMB will not "display" the house number then that will work, Regarding the other many local citations though does it mean removing only the street and house number alone will render it useless?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dale83
    never heard abt it, i dont think its so necessary!
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  • Profile picture of the author markdeessel
    Yes, NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) is very important for Local Citations. If you remove it will affect your local ranking and Google business listing.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehende
    Our intent is not to remove the entire address, only the house number so we can leave the 121 st and the rest of the address.
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  • Hi,
    Yes, the street address is required for local citation because having proper address Google map won't be able to find your location and it can result in loss of audience and traffic too.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

    Since he is an onsite heating technician so no need to have a storefront
    Exactly.
    Here is your own answer: no need to have a storefront

    Originally Posted by mikehende View Post

    he would not like to have his house street address being displayed online anywhere.
    I don't believe anyone has been forcing him to have one?
    Since people would call to get more info before going to store, then it would be
    important if and where his address is listed, otherwise your friend will be fine.



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  • Profile picture of the author seoexpertinindia
    Local Citation can be permutation and combination of following things
    1. Business Name
    2. Business Name + Address
    3. Business Name + Address + Phone No.
    4. Business Name + Address + Phone NO + EMail Id
    5. Business Name + Address + Phone No + EMail Id + Website URL

    So if you remove any of them, it will definitely work but you will have a negative affect on the local rankings.
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  • Local or global citation means that we need to submit all the business details in the listing websites. And it is mandatory in websites to sill all the information so that the user can easily reach you or contact you.

    Thanks
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