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Dubious of our promise: Let our results speak for themselves

If you’ve been looking at our website and like the sound of what we say we can do, but have seen these kind of promises before with little results. Then don’t just take our word for it, the results below show just some of our results.

Keyword + Location Position
Plasterer Northampton A
Plasterers Northampton A
Plastering Northampton A
Carpet Fitter Northampton A
Carpet Fitters Northampton A
Carpets Northampton B
Flooring Northampton D
Hypnotherapy London A
Stop Smoking London B
Aerials London A
Physio W1 A
Physio Harley Street A
Back Pain London E
Hypnotherapy Liverpool B
Hypnotherapist Liverpool A
Hypnotherapists Liverpool A
Electrician Guildford A
Electricians Guildford B
Osteopaths Edinburgh A
Osteopath Edinburgh B
Physio Kingston A
Physiotherapy Kingston A
Chiropractor Kingston B
Chiropractors Kingston B
Osteopath Kingston B
Osteopaths Kingston B
Personal Trainers London B
Personal Trainer London B
Wedding Photographer London A
Wedding Photographers London A
Wedding Photography London B
Storage Kent B
Self Storage Kent C
Storage Maidenhead A
Self Storage Maidenhead A
Plumber Leicester B
Plumbers Leicester A
Lettings Basingstoke A
Letting Agent Basingstoke C
Letting Agents Basingstoke C
Lettings Lakenheath A
Letting Agent Lakenheath A
Letting Agents Lakenheath A
Chiropractor Leeds A
Chiropractors Leeds A
Chiropractic Leeds A
Back Pain Leeds A
Chiropractor Fulham A
Chiropractors Fulham B
Chiropractic Fulham A
Chiropractor Basingstoke A
Chiropractors Basingstoke B
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We do not currently support this location – It’s back!

Google Places listings owners may be seeing the following error this morning ‘We do not currently support this location’.

It comes after another glitch was reported by thousands of business owners when their listings dropped over night.

We’ve seen this glitch before and it won’t be the last time.

Why do I see We do not currently support this location

Google is always working behind the scenes and when they make a change it usually means the data set is moved at least temporarily. It usually sorts itself out or you can try and press edit on your Google Places listing and Submit to ping the listing.

This rarely works immediately these days but in the meantime until we or Google find a fix hang tight, stay tuned and we’ll get more information across as soon as we have it.

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Did your Google Places listing drop from Position A?

Hot news guys no one seems to be really aware of this problem yet but you should be as it could affect every single one of you.

My Google Places listing disappeared from Position A?

We got a call from our client who is currently position A for ‘chiropractors Leeds’ his listing has dropped overnight off the first page.

My first thoughts were ‘oh Google you silly bot’ and then normally followed by destroying my keyboard. But instead I kept calm because I have seen this problem before. This time it only seems to affect position A results for some reason, why I don’t know. Maybe the search feature is going to change and position Google Places results might have more of a feature that’s my guess. Or someone at Google spilt their coffee on a server.

What to do if your Google Places listing has dropped overnight off the first page!

  1. See if you can still find your listing active on Google. If you can that’s a good start. If not could be the other glitch we posted previously but no matter our fix will cure both.
  2. Go in to your Google Places account and click EDIT
  3. Click ‘fix incorrect marker location’ then zoom right in and move 1mm so it’s still on the same building.
  4. The copy and paste the business name back in so delete and paste back in, do the same for website and description.
  5. Press Submit
  6. Now if you can see the places listing stats go in to there and write a post in the right hand column.
  7. This process might have to be done twice to fix.

That’s the Google Places fix for the position A results glitch

This is a very easily resolved issue for Google Places glitches and bugs and cures most things. It wont get rankings from nothing but any bugs it seems to clear out 99% of the time.

We have had to do this for 4 clients this morning who were all back before we even got time to call them. 30 seconds approximately.

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ULTRA-SEO ‘Double Whammy AA’

double a seo google places results

2 position A results in 48 hours!

Sometimes it’s cool to be a smug! And today my friends is one of them.

We just posted about our new friends at Headingley Chiropractic Clinic going to position A for ‘Chiropractors Leeds’ in under 24 hours. That’s gotta be getting some emotions stirring for everyone who is struggling with their Google Places optimization.

One of our oldest standing clients ‘Physio Leeds’ has just made a comeback after a short drop off to position A.

The drop happened when someone (probably another competitor) reported his business as permanently closed. We reported on this nasty glitch a few posts back.

Simon Glover the director called us to renew his service and we fixed this problem in just over a week and got him to position A in 2 days for ‘Physio Leeds’.

physio leeds

Physio Leeds above STA Travel, Buckley House, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 7JH – 07815 755097

So that mean’s we have the two top spots for ‘physio Leeds’ and ‘Chiropractors Leeds’ for 2 individual clients. Sorry folks are doors are closed to those keywords and towns but we can help any other type of business in Leeds and many more Chiropractors and Physiotherapists across the UK and US.

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Straight to Position A

We recently signed up some old friends we used to work with many years ago for some Google Places optimization. Their listing was being held by some rogue at a digital marketing agency, and they told our client they had optimized their Google Places listing which wasn’t true.

Our Google Places Secret to Success

We managed to get their listing back in our clients account and in just 24 hours it’s soared up to the very top of the search results – position for ‘Chiropractors Leeds’.

As we are originally from Yorkshire and one of our very first clients was a physiotherapist we knew the local competition and another clinic had been reigning high for at least 5 years. Unfortunately for them their days as top dog are over and Headingley Chiropractic Clinic are position A (number 1) for ‘Chiropractors Leeds’. And all in under 24 hours.

There’s no mistaking the proof!

chiropractors leeds top of google places

Marking your Territory with a big juicy ‘A’

Nothing quite makes our day any better than when we get to ring and tell our clients personally over the phone ‘you just took position A’.

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Google Places update today!

You should have noticed that Google finally updated the majority of its listings today.

This means anyone who has been optimizing their Google Places listing over the past 3 months should have seen the results update and their business found on the first page. Of course there are instances when listings may not have updated yet but on the main your results should be now ranking.

Google Places missing categories have returned

Another important update we have been waiting for is some of the missing categories and data which was lost on the last update has returned too.

You may have seen examples of inaccurate businesses showing up in the wrong category for example ‘dentists’ showing in ‘sports clubs’ & ‘health club’ listings.

Why do Google Places change?

The reason this sometimes happens is that when Google ever makes significant changes to its maps data it usually reverts to a previous state. Which might mean when categories or keywords we’re being moved around. So you get a kind of merged pack a data.

Just as if you did a back-up of your home/office computer and used a program such as Norton Ghost to take an image of your hard drive data of its current state. If you have not done a recent back-up and your computer crashed, the first thing you would do is try to fix it by reloading the image of its previous state. The same goes for Google Places data.

It makes a change, uses data from a previous state, updates it and eventually the latest data will catch up and show in the results.

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Google Places Citations Aren’t The Key to Ranking

Google Places Citations Aren't the Key

This is going to be quite a controversial post I think but bear with me.

For well over 12 months now so many bloggers, Google Places experts have been telling you it’s all about ‘citations’. For those who aren’t yet familiar with citations these are simply links for other websites and directories that mention your business details such as address and telephone number. The thought being the more of these you have the better the authority your places page will be given by the Google gods.

We’ve never used this technique to achieve our guaranteed first page results on Google Places, but for the past 6 months we’ve been doing a lot of testing just to bring this report to you.

There are several decent and reliable citation tools out there you can get your hands on (we’ll post a link to one below)

We’ve got dozens of examples where the top position results in Google Places have less or no citations whatsoever than listings further down the list. Again details of these will be posted soon.

But wait…. Google citations are the key! Aren’t they?

If we apply that idea surely all position A results should have more citations? But by using this great citation tool you can see that if you search for ‘Printers Southend’ that the top result has only 12 citations and if you check the SEOmoz ‘DA’ or ‘Domain Authority’ which Whitespark have kindly included in their software. You see that #1 has less powerful DA citations than position #3.

printers southend citations

Check out the highest DA citations for position 1 below

Now check out the DA citations for position 3

Note: Remember these guys have 83 high quality citations

Compare these citations too, they have no more authority than the others, so why is that listing deemed to be worthy of the top spot?

We can do this all day too. But let’s not put you in a coma just yet.

So what does this tell us about Citations & Google Places?

  1. Are citations useless to successful Google Places optimization and ranking?
  2. Should we be looking elsewhere for our Maps SEO?

With the research done and the evidence in place to back it up I can only speak my own thoughts on this. I don’t believe citations no matter how great the Domain Authority is that this is the key to getting consistently solid Google Places rankings. I’m sure as I suspect most of you do they can play a small part in the overall success.

But it’s like baking a really good chocolate cake, miss out an ingredient or two, ‘an egg’ ‘less sugar’ ‘forget to whisk’ and before you know it you’ve baked a muffin. Sure it’s still technically a cake but just less grand.

Google Places Citations Summarised

In summary I think a lot of the citations hype is there because not everyone in this industry really understands Google Places. Yes there are some great examples of businesses and individuals who are doing a really great job for their clients. But we also know there are a lot of rogues out there, just in it for the quick buck. (Leaving the good guys to pick up the pieces of their tattered, annoyed, dissatisfied customers.)

I’m sure there will be others who will disagree but all I can say to that is we’ve done the research to back our claims up and most importantly we’ve never used this on any of our position A clients.

True or False

We would love to hear your thoughts on this article, do citations work for you?  Or do you not bother at all adding citations as your main SEO source for Google Places optimization.

Thanks to Whitespark for their citation tool on this exercise.

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Changing Address on Google Places doesn’t require postcard

Good or potentially lethal?

Google Places Change of Address without PostcardVerification

Whilst amending a customers Google Places listing address and expecting the usual ‘you will be sent a postcard within the next 2-3 weeks’ response instead the listing completed and the new address went live within 3 minutes. No further Google Places optimization required either!

So what does this mean for Google Places security?

I for one thing although yes it makes things a lot simpler to make legitimate changes to your Google Places listings it does also open the doors for those who dabble in the black-hat to abuse this update and make changes to addresses that they do not own or have access to.

We will probably test a listing this week and see what happens if we can change our address to a public landmark without the need of additional verification.

What can we expect to see with this loophole?

Probably a whole lot of spamming from those dirty rodents who are hell bent on turning Google Places in to one big nasty dump of illegal listings and spam.

Why would Google miss this and leave it open to abuse?

Hmmm! I guess they are human after all, if only just a bit geeky. Maybe they missed this one?

After the recent issues with many businesses being reported as ‘permanently closed’ this could be another huge flaw. I am sure this will be fixed quite quickly as it will get abused unfortunately. Watch out guys this could leave your competitors to proactively target your location without the need of postcard verification.

Be great to hear your thoughts on this one guys and any experiences you’ve had with this recent Google Places glitch.

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