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I've noticed lately and I'm sure you guys have too, that Google Maps has recently made some changes. I see a lot of competitors have details from other sources, i.e. angieslist, judysbook, dexknows, etc.

Is this something you have to do manually or does google pick up on these automatically? Also, does anyone know if having more details from other websites effects your ranking? I see other competitors with details from 3 or more websites and I've yet to see any on my google map, which makes me wonder if it's something that I need to do manually.

Also, Google usually limits you to 5 categories and I see a lot of competitors with as many as 20!! How is this possible?
 

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I've noticed lately and I'm sure you guys have too, that Google Maps has recently made some changes. I see a lot of competitors have details from other sources, i.e. angieslist, judysbook, dexknows, etc.

Is this something you have to do manually or does google pick up on these automatically? Also, does anyone know if having more details from other websites effects your ranking? I see other competitors with details from 3 or more websites and I've yet to see any on my google map, which makes me wonder if it's something that I need to do manually.

Also, Google usually limits you to 5 categories and I see a lot of competitors with as many as 20!! How is this possible?
Mine has link information to angieslist and yahoo and I know I didn't put it there. Google must do that by itself. I did create the angielist and yahoo profiles on those sites, but didn't link them together on google.
 

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Hi Rob,

Yes, Google finds those listings (angies list, etc.) on their own. You do need to create them tho. Google looks at your listing and sees how many other independent "citations" there are on the internet that matches what you put in your Google Places listing! The more "relevant" (same) everything is, the more they like you!

A good way to get some of these "citations" is to list your business through Universal Business Listing. It is a inexpensive way to get a lot of "citations" that Google can connect with... its like $30 bucks a year. A pretty good deal.

Their are a lot of new tricks to getting listed on what they now call "Google Places"...

Would be happy to give a SEO insiders look on how to get in the 7 box, or create your own 1 box, if anyone is interested... one of my specialties! :thumbup:
 

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Their are a lot of new tricks to getting listed on what they now call "Google Places"...

Would be happy to give a SEO insiders look on how to get in the 7 box, or create your own 1 box, if anyone is interested... one of my specialties!
As you where saying. Do tell. ;)
 

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As you where saying. Do tell. ;)
Thanks for the replies! Got a number of PM's right away!

I'm running out to a meeting this evening but will put up a post here sometime tomorrow of a step by step approach as to DOMINATING the Google Places Listings...

This stuff is so good I shouldn't post it in public... usually charge a pretty penny for this (and monthly fees), but I'll post it here...

Thanks guys!
 

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This stuff is so good I shouldn't post it in public... usually charge a pretty penny for this (and monthly fees), but I'll post it here...

Thanks guys!
Oh boy, MagicMike sounds almost as excited as Alan Moore of RL when he started out on the boards :)

With the wealth of free information out there on how to do local seo, anyone should be able to get a solid grounding on the subject for free!

Here are the main places I keep up with in this respect (all are blogs run by well-respected SEOs specializing in local search):

1. David Mihm - http://www.davidmihm.com/blog/
2. Greg Sterling - http://www.screenwerk.com/
3. Matt McGee - http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/
4. Mike Blumenthal - http://blumenthals.com/blog/
5. Andrew Shortland - http://www.localseoguide.com
6. Tim Coleman - http://www.convertoffline.com/
7. Martinjn Beijk - http://www.martijnbeijk.com/

Reading up on their popular posts should arm anyone with enough information to either do their online campaigns by themselves OR if they hire someone, to know how to keep track what the hired person is doing and if they're doing it right.
 

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Oh boy, MagicMike sounds almost as excited as Alan Moore of RL when he started out on the boards :)

With the wealth of free information out there on how to do local seo, anyone should be able to get a solid grounding on the subject for free!

Here are the main places I keep up with in this respect (all are blogs run by well-respected SEOs specializing in local search):

1. David Mihm - http://www.davidmihm.com/blog/
2. Greg Sterling - http://www.screenwerk.com/
3. Matt McGee - http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/
4. Mike Blumenthal - http://blumenthals.com/blog/
5. Andrew Shortland - http://www.localseoguide.com
6. Tim Coleman - http://www.convertoffline.com/
7. Martinjn Beijk - http://www.martijnbeijk.com/

Reading up on their popular posts should arm anyone with enough information to either do their online campaigns by themselves OR if they hire someone, to know how to keep track what the hired person is doing and if they're doing it right.

Oh, I've been around here for a little while... you can check out some of my other posts.

There is a lot of free information... but, like most things, you get what you pay for ;). I put up a quick little tutorial on another post that gives a bit more of an inside look at how we get businesses listed in the 7 box on a daily basis, usually within 2 hours!

Big difference compared to what you would do searching google for mostly run of the mill information...
 
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