Pudders - 9:34 am on Oct 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
We rely on geographical searches for our business. Obviously this was worrying when it happened as I thought people would only see the local places to them with our organic link shoved right out the way!
Currently not the case...I have performed more tests with people that are over 100 miles from our area. We both performed the same searches and were seeing the same results. The same top businesses that were organic still rank high in place listings. We also searched on niche business phrases for areas that are miles from our loacation and still the same business names appeared (with the inclusion of s few new ones)!
It's as though the well SEO'd sites that placed high on an organic listings before, still place high in the new look place listings...provided they have registered for a place listing!
So... how does Google determine which place listing is A,B,C,D etc..? Is that all based on SEO or luck of the draw?