Threatening Drop in Google Rankings?

May 1, 2009 - 7:50 am 5 by
Filed Under Local Search

Let me start off by saying I find this hard to believe. A Google Maps Help thread has one individual claiming that a representative claimed that if you don't pay for your listing, your Google listing will drop down. is a popular UK local search engine.

The Yell representative reportedly said, "of next week, unless you pay for, your listing on Google maps will drop down below anyone listed with in your area."

Of course, this is not possible, Google would not let influence how Google Maps works and ranks listings. In early 2008, there were rumors that Google would buy Yell and in 2005 Yell even powered Google Local UK, but that is long over with.

A Google Maps representative made it crystal clear. Joel H from the Google Maps team said: doesn't control ranking in our search results.

Maybe the poster was confused or maybe the representative was confused or a bit crazed. I don't know for sure, but one thing I do know is that cannot do what this poster said.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.


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