Msg#: 4326223 posted 1:56 am on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
In the past a listing on Google spaces generally only attracted spam and employment requests, rather than new business for me.
However, with front page SERPs being increasingly devoted to this feature, I have been trying unsuccessfully to get my new business listed on Google places. It has a bricks and mortar address, services local clients and appears to fit the bill point by point under their terms and conditions. However, my application and reconsideration requests are continually rejected with a standard template.
Why do they play this game? Why not simply tell you why your request has been rejected? Is there some big secret about all of this?
I would be interested in other people's experiences.
Msg#: 4326223 posted 3:42 pm on Jun 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
The Google Places guidelines are written in a very vague way on purpose, I believe. If they spelled out exactly what to do and what to avoid, then the spammers would just take advantage of it.
Here are some of the most common mistakes to be sure to avoid.
Use your REAL business name. Don't add any keywords or City.
Be sure your categories do not contain city or other geo terms.
Be sure your categories say what your business IS NOT what it DOES. This is a fairly recent rule change that people often overlook.
Don't repeat your name, city, phone or category keywords in your description or more details section. This WAS in the guidelines, then was removed. But many of us think G still has a problem with this.
Now some that read this may say "but my competitors violate those guidelines and they still rank high".
Well they likely won't for long. What many of us believe is that once you edit your listing, it triggers the algo to spider your listing to be sure it's in compliance with all the latest guideline changes. So while many listings that break the rules still rank high due to old spam tactics that used to work, once those listings are edited they'll be rejected or suspended.