Google's Harsh But True Reply In Google Places Forum

Dec 1, 2011 • 8:47 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google SlamsYou guys know what I do, I follow the forum threads and love it when I see a Googler respond to threads.

Googlers in forums are generally very patient and overly nice. So when I see a harsh response from a Googler, I do laugh and think to myself, "good going." Especially when the Google response is not just logically right but ethically also.

A Google Places Help thread has one business owner upset that his Places listing on Google does not "comply with their terms."

Joel H., a Google representative said:

If you have a 2,500 mile "service area", you probably don't belong in local search.

Classic line!

This line was followed up by Vanessa, who is a "Community Manager" at Google, with a softer reply:

Only businesses that make in-person contact with customers qualify for a Google Places listing.

Anyway, had to share this thread because one, it might be useful and second it was fun.

Forum discussion at Google Places Help.

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Matthew Marley

12/01/2011 02:00 pm

Brilliant :)

Rob Duckers

12/01/2011 02:40 pm


Ben Royce

12/01/2011 02:50 pm

It's great to see Google defending simple truths so bluntly.

Nyagoslav Zhekov

12/01/2011 03:11 pm

Wow, I was wondering today why this thread got more than the usual attention (many people voted for the answers, there were answers from unknown for me users) and now I understand! Yes, the answer of Joel was very harsh and I believe it was slightly unprofessional. It is very rare to see a Googler replying like this. I was trying to help the OP to resolve the issue he had. I did not want them being "scolded" by a Googler...


12/02/2011 11:24 am

Superb replied and it is a bull eye!

Vivian Chen

12/02/2011 11:46 am

and that's the *** damn truth... truth hurts but sometimes we have to suck it up.


12/02/2011 04:22 pm

Funny... I never tried a 2,500 mile service area. Wouldn't think it was even possible! The response from Google is the cold, hard truth. lol

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