Google: Be Careful Hiring An SEO To Manage Your Google Maps Listing

Apr 9, 2013 • 8:36 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Places LogoJade Wang from the Google Maps Quality Team posted a thread in the Google Business Help forums with safety tips on how to protect your Google Maps listing for accuracy and ranking purposes.

The tips include:

  • Verify your listing with Google so you can own it and keep it updated
  • Be careful when hiring a third-party company to manage your maps listings
  • Don't fall for SEO companies that claim they are Google and can improve your Google Maps ranking for a fee
  • Never share your Google Maps pin number with someone else
  • Do not "loan" out your maps listing to someone else
  • Follow the guidelines
  • Report any issues quickly over here

Some violations they've seen by third-party companies include creating multiple listings at fake locations or mail receiving agencies and hiring unrelated individuals to receive postcards at incorrect locations. Loaning out maps listings, asking for your PIN numbers, and so forth.

Be careful!

Forum discussion at Google Business Help.

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Sunayna Gupta

04/11/2013 11:47 am

Hmmm... at last someone discussed precautions to be taken with ref to Google maps. I completely agree with all points mentioned in the post.

or zilberman

04/14/2013 05:44 am

From this post it seems like map listings are turning into domains, is this the day people start enlisting business they see in the street to later sell it to them?

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