Google removes citations from its Places pages: so what now?
By LiamC on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
Last week Google removed all of the third party citations and reviews that were previously a key part of its Google Places pages. It’s widely believed that this was due to complaints from the likes of Yelp and TripAdvisor that Google was unfairly using their content to make their own service better without any form of compensation.
It was these reviews and citations that business owners and SEO companies alike relied heavily upon to help aid them with their Google Places optimisation campaigns by researching the citation sources of their competitors. Therefore, now they are gone many are questioning their ability to be able to effectively optimise their listings from now on.
Fear not! There are other ways of effectively conducting citation research that we here at SEONext are doing already. One of these is to quite simply identify these citation sources in the normal search results. For example, simply conduct a query using Google and then you will be able to identify all of the directories etc that Google identifies as relevant to your query in the top few results. Alternatively you could actually write in a business name and telephone number of a high ranking competitor and then simply identify where they are earning their listings from.
These are just a couple of ways local research can still be conducted and there many more that we can conduct. If you’d like to make sure you can be found on Google Places, andwant your page optimising by one of the UK’s leading SEO companies, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.
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