backdraft7 - 8:07 pm on Apr 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
Ok, so after a few seconds of research it's apparent that this is indeed part of the 40 Venice updates. This is going to absolutely KILL any businesses that rely on nationwide customers when the business operates from a single location.
Correct me if I'm wrong (I usually am) but are they trying to make me a local business ONLY now? It sounds to me that after the dust settles, the only people who will find me are local customers. I have customers around the entire globe!
The way the new strategy sounds is that you need to create a separate page for each location your business covers....ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That would require hundreds if not THOUSANDS of landing pages! Oh wait! Google frowns on landing (doorway) pages!
How about just a site tag that tells Google that your site is regional, nationwide or global?
It's as if they want you to open an office in every city that you intend to do business in, then provide a geographical physical address and site for each business. Who came up with this half baked concept?
Again, it seems Google wants to paint us into a tiny corner. That's not just evil, it's inept!