Stealing Google Maps & Local Citations

Mar 11, 2010 • 9:07 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google Maps has been a extremely important area for SEOs and SEMs to focus on for their clients. Ranking in the Google results that have a maps result is often critical to these businesses and those map results come up more often in the web results at Google on a daily basis. So when you see bugs reported, especially ones that can end up in a competitor claiming your spot, you get worried.

A Google Maps Help thread has an excellent video demo of a possible bug or issue with how Google Maps citations can be poached from competitors. I am not sure what the issue here is, but let me share the video here.

The video is on ScreenCast.com is about 4 minutes long. It was created by the Small Business Online Coach and documents the issue very well.

I am not sure how serious this issue is, what do you think?

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

Previous story: Three New Bugs With YouTube
 

Comments:

Halvorsen

03/11/2010 02:24 pm

Haven't seen anything like this before, but I definitely see that being a huge problem.

Tony Barlow

10/02/2010 11:11 pm

Hey James, You've got me thinking now.... Got a question - when you say you're tempted to claim the Pisces listing, how can you do that when there's the verification process? Cheers

blog comments powered by Disqus