ErnestHemingway - 4:51 pm on May 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
You have some good points back in November last year I was talking to a friend of mine from San Diego and he discussed how he was able to help a lot of his clients achieve great rankings for local results.
His idea was similar to yours but with certain additions, he was posting press releases on various sites and was including physical address of the business on each press release. The same for blog posts he was doing, he had the client name and the local business address and other credentials.
So far so good, let me tell you about 2 of my sites that got hit.
When my friend shared that topic with me I dug into some research papers on topic of Quality. (Earlier last week Bill shared a great post on his blog about quality as well).
I did my research and I made sure that I let Google know that my sites were maintained by real identity with phone number/address to reach and credentials plus other stuff.
But none of these had any impact my sites still got hit by the Panda update.
My take on all this is that somewhere G made a mess in some class or something. There hasn't been so much trash talk about Google Search or Google Adsense for so long. But if you check now everyone is complaining about how their business was impacted by recent panda update.
Even May Day didn't have so much of an impact that this last update did. As Aaron puts it on his blog Google is going towards paid inclusion system where you have to pay to get included in their "paid advertising" which will take pretty much everything from the search bar till 6th position.
From Bar till 6th position there will be Sponsor Ads and local ads and then places.
@tedster, I do have whois protection on all of my domains but that is to hide myself from SPAM EMAILS. Clients can reach me easily through my sites contact form either through phone, physical mail or an email.