I have been working on promoting businesses through Google Places, which has had so many changes as of late, it is a lot to keep up with. What are some of the changes you see happening and what are you doing/suggest doing to compensate accordingly?
Sorry to respond so late. There are so many changes to Google places this year, and we have been tracking and watching every day.
Focus on citations, mentions and such from highly respected local organizations. A Better Business Bureau membership is one of the best things you can have to help rank in Places, add any well established associations. Then focus on LOCAL sites that have been around a while and may offer a citation opportunity for writing a review (if you know them and like them) or Charities where you can sponsor a page. The future of Rankings is in establishing credibility and uniqueness.
Some changes that are coming would be more focus on user reviews and social ranking of local businesses..
As Locl results are dominating city level searches, I have moved away from stanadard SEO for such keywords. My experience is that regional keywords are still fine but local are dominating the first page of results now so standard SEO, even if you are no. 1, means you actually appear 9th or 10th if on page 1 at all.
Instant search and Google Places has killed standard SEO practices and forced a focus on local SEO
I suggest you do a search on google and read up on it, there are a lot of blogs that have been keeping up with the trends of local search and can give you some good advise on it.
I would never advise to move away from your standard SEO. This needs to be done in conjunction with Places listings.
Local listings are just an added bonus as they only display for certain keyword.
by Gary Anderson17 months ago
But I am wondering why there seems to be competition in the real google world and no competition showing for it in the external keyword tool world?
by Butch Tool16 months ago
Hello, dear fellows, I am hoping that someone with more experience may be able to direct me to any free resources that will help me learn how to become an SEO master. Primarily, I want to learn how to do in-depth...
by Dan Harmon6 years ago
I now have 11 hubs that are not indexed by google - nothing published since July 12 (the last one was published on the 9th and indexed yesterday). Normally I've seen then set up with 24 hours, occasionally in 48,...
by Earl Noah Bernsby3 years ago
I can here the snippers approaching.Snip, snip.Snip.
by Ethan Green4 weeks ago
Since I joined HP there has been a constant battle against the rise and fall of traffic. We are often encouraged to tune our titles, edit our content and generally try to improve our Hubs. Now with the threat of having...
by M. Toni2 years ago
I've been on here for a few years, and I guess I never really understood the point of these scores. They don't seem to provide any real value to the user and I can't convince myself that they add value because they...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.