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Lost A position in Local Business results
Anything I can do?

 2:27 pm on Sep 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

For about 8 months I have been holding the first position (A) in the "Local Business Results" in a local Google search.

I have been bumped to the (C) position.

I did a small update to my meta desc tag recently and I also moved the flag marker in local business center to be more accurate about our location.

Could it be a result of one of those things?

Is there anything I can do or is it a wait and see game now?

My organic position for the search term is #2



 10:51 pm on Sep 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

In my observations of the onebox, I see regular movements of some players, while some are steady. A while ago when I had a PO Box I got dumped off the onebox when Google gave preference to physical locations.


 5:37 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have a really bad experience of loss of ranks whenever I make any changes to a listed entry.
At times, I even have to verify the listings again if description is modified.
For some of them rankings do come back (but never improved); on others they slip without bouncing back.


 8:33 pm on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well here is hoping.. thanks


 4:43 pm on Oct 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Could be just a temporary thing. There's alot of chaos right now that seems related to the change to Place Pages.

I'd sit tight for a few days before trying anything else related to this.


 5:16 pm on Oct 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

rmjvol, dead bang on.

Back to my A position this morning!

What is curious is it seemingly didn't affect my traffic. I was a little fearful that it would, we landed in the "A" spot originally 8 months ago but we had no previous position at all, but since gaining the "A" position revenue is up over $100,000 YTD.

Thanks all.


 5:42 pm on Oct 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sweet, good to hear :)

A natural trickle of reviews might continue to lock up position A for you.


 5:51 pm on Oct 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

rmjvol, thanks for that additional insight.

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