Google Changes Statement On Clicks Impact Google My Business Rankings

Dec 3, 2015 • 7:35 am | comments (21) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Yesterday I reported that Google said clicks impact Google My Business rankings. Well, Google later edited what they wrote and removed that clicks matter.

Originally Google's Rahul J wrote as the fourth ranking factor for Google My Business listings as:

Search history: In the past how many times has the listing been clicked on by users searching with the keyword.

Now it reads:

Search history: The number of times it has been useful historically on the basis of relevance, prominence and distance.

To be 100% honest, I did email Google about this, I did not hear back, but I know it is on their radar. I am not sure why they changed the language here, which is very concerning for me. If they left it, okay, no big deal but for them to change the language is very concerning.

I did not snap a screens shot of the statement but Mark Traphagen did and posted it on Google+, so here it is, the original:

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Forum discussion continued at Google My Business Help and Local Search Forums.

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