Catalyst - 3:14 pm on Jul 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
Is anyone else noticing a huge delay in citations showing up? I know that when you submit via the 2 main mass submission providers it can take 2 - 3 months.
However I personally did a TON of hand submissions to a bunch of the usual suspects for several accounts back in April and not one single citation has hit any of my client's Place pages!
None of my accounts have any new citations showing up from ANYWHERE else lately either. I've had several other local optimization consultants tell me the same thing.
It's weird because I'm still getting top rankings all over the place for most KWs - however for primary keywords in UBER competitive markets, you still usually need citations to get on page one.
Someone speculated awhile back that Google would ultimately want to be THE data source and would at some point stop pulling citations from other sources. But somehow I don't think that's happening yet. (Especially in light of all the weird data merge problems that continue to happen.)
One leading local guru told me that he thinks Google may still me counting the citations you have out in the wild, just not adding them to the Place page where WE can see them.
Anyone have any other ideas or insights?