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Katherine
Katherine

These are great tips. We should do all we can with out local business listings, not just at Google but in any other online business directory. Maximizing these listings would translate to better sales, and your business' success.

sedalia homes
sedalia homes

These are some great tips. If these things are done along with the regular SEO strategies consistently, the campaign will surely produce favorable results in no time.

Noel Addison
Noel Addison

Great post Alesia! Thanks foe sharing these great information on how to rank well in Google places. My recent post Selling Ice Cubes to Eskimos

FB covers
FB covers

i have to go now for submitting in Google maps as well in directories provided by you. really appreciated. My recent post Logout Funny Facebook cover

Tim
Tim

good post. I just want the blog owners to be aware that the RSS FEED DOES NOT WORK. I went to the rss feedburner but it is blank. maybe this is temp. but i would double check.

Jill C
Jill C

The last tip made me chuckle a bit but it's so true! "Know thy enemy" (or something like that) as an old philosophical saying says. Google Places is a good venue to list your business but SEO and link building techniques still have to be done to get ahead.

JohnC
JohnC

Thanks for the valuable ideas on getting ahead with Google. Well, I prefer on giving my best to generate relevant content and do research on how to improve my keywords. To be able to adapt with the competition, you need to learn new things and be aggressive enough for the better. My recent post Two-vehicle deer collision causes heavy damage

Sam
Sam

I've Google listing for my site but it's not showing in searh engines, I haven'te given much importance to it but I think I am wroing and will do my best to rank my website Google listing. My recent post Goa Carnival 2012

boss snowplow
boss snowplow

Nice Post. I am basically searching such a post. I read these all. These tips are not simple , i would say great & huge info it has. I wish behalf of these tips . i would rank my own site. Really i am so happy to see it. thanks for spreading the great info among us. boss snowplow

Nyagoslav
Nyagoslav

Nice article Alesia! I have just a little something to add. Businesses should focus not only on getting reviewed on Google Places, but also on third-party websites, because reviews and diversity of review sources ARE very important both in the organic rankings AND in the overall online reputation improvement.

Caleb
Caleb

These are great suggestions. Another thing I recommend is that you make sure you have your address on your contact us and the footer on your website. Make sure this matches exactly with the format in Google Places which will also help you rank quicker. A great resource for local seo is the Local Ranking Factors study put together. Do a Google search for it if you want to look at it and it will surely be number 1. My recent post Internal Linking – Part 5 of the Link Building Guide 101

Neil Ferree
Neil Ferree

One of the BEST GP Tip Sheet articles I've read in recent weeks, especially #5 and #6. Both of these have made a huge difference in how well and how fast I get my client's GP listing ranked at the top of the SERP's

Don Lovato
Don Lovato

Thanks for the really good tips, I understand Google Places a little better now, thank you. Keep up the good work.

alesiakrush
alesiakrush

Hey, Jill, It is important to “Know thy enemy” while in the SERPs ))) However, your Local Search competitors are quite different from the folks you compete against in the regular SERPs. So, to research them, you’d probably need slightly different methods.

alesiakrush
alesiakrush

Hey, Nyagoslav, Reviews from third-party sites are definitely important for Local Search rankings. However, I’m not sure if they are as valuable as they used to be when Google was still displaying those snippets.

alesiakrush
alesiakrush

Thanks, Caleb, Great point! Should have been on this post. ;)

alesiakrush
alesiakrush

Hey, Neil, Thanks for the hot picks!

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