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 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.

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