Msg#: 3494231 posted 7:25 pm on Nov 5, 2007 (gmt 0)
1. If you have a website or business with problems in the Google maps sections and you have been contacting the customer service people there, (google jen and whomever) you need to be specific.
Give them the business name, url, address, phone number, and any specific information. Then give them the necessary changes. Once they know the specifics they are pretty good at making changes fairly quickly.
2. If there is something outrageous that is not getting a response bring it up to some of the people in SEO that get reviewed by google, such as Barry Schwartz at seoroundtable, Danny Sullivan at searchengineland etc.
Its been amazing to see some outlandish things fixed quickly once they got publicity.
Msg#: 3494231 posted 12:13 am on Nov 6, 2007 (gmt 0)
I really like the blog post 'Understanding Google Maps and Yahoo Local" by mike blumenthal at blumenthals.com/blog.
I suspect Chris Silver has good insights into G maps, tho I haven't frankly read his stuff recently. I'm working w/mike to test some of the characteristics of G maps rankings and we are using bill slawski's writings on the G maps patents (sorry I don't have the reference but it can be found at seobythesea.
I'm very eager to hear from anyone else who seems to have great insights.
I think that g maps only has significant inpact if and when it appears as a onebox insert in local searches in organic search...but when it does show up it has in those onebox inserts it has a dramatic effect, dominating the Google search page.