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    Can Non-Disclosure Of Financial Relationship Violate Google Guidelines?

    In the last few months several big lead gen companies have produced 'Best Of' lists for companies in our category/market, and their lists have started to rank well organically (top 3 spots). Here's one example... 25 Best Heating and Furnace Repair Services - Denver CO | Heating and Cooling...
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    Have You Had Success Reporting GMB Spam

    In my experience the most effective way to report GMB spam is to contact Joy Hawkins. :) Most of the spam I've come across would be dealt with through Map Maker, but with the latest instances where the spammers use a parking lot address and setup their listing as a SAB, it had to be dealt with...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    Hey Joy, Sorry, I must have pasted the wrong listing in previously. Here is the listing in question: https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Furnace+Repair+Denver/@39.7598989,-104.9036865,13z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sFurnace+Repair+Denver,!3m1!1s0x876c78d38cd06ff1:0xe7fed8285b61cfb?hl=en Regarding the...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    Thanks Linda. Sorry, I was trying to post in the correct forum and include the latest information. In response to Whitespark's reply... I have no idea how they could postcard verify the listing. The address is an actual parking lot where the public can pay to park for a few hours during the...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    I guess the new tactic for spammy GMB listings is to use a parking lot for their address, and then hide the address and claim they are a Service Area Business. This prevents anyone from a) finding their business on Map Maker, and b) being able to Edit the listing in Map Maker so a Regional Lead...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    Re: How Do You Report Spammy Business That Hides Address In GMB? Sorry about your hand! I finally found their GMB listing, but it doesn't allow me to suggest an edit regarding their location, which is listed only as Denver, CO. The only piece of their info worth attempting to edit was changing...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    Re: How Do You Report Spammy Business That Hides Address In GMB? I tried editing it through the local maps listing at first, but edit apparently wasn't approved. If you search furnace repair denver it's the listing with the same title, and they have 5 reviews. Still trying to find them on Map...
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    Need Help Reporting/Deleting Scammy SAB Listing

    How Do You Report Spammy Business That Hides Address In GMB? There is a lead gen service at the top of the maps section that hides their address in their Google listing, but I tracked down the address on their website, and... it's a parking lot. A an actual daily fee parking lot, and the...
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    Huge Ranking Algorithm Change - Jan 10, 2016

    We're seeing volatility in our local rankings again today. Home page still ranking #1 organically for our top search terms, but local rankings have fallen from #1 to anywhere from #5 to #15. We haven't made any changes in response to the update because all of our rankings had returned to #1...
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    Huge Ranking Algorithm Change - Jan 10, 2016

    We're seeing turmoil in the local pack rankings again for certain search terms. Should be temporary as the companies rank 1-3 have no business being in the top 10, and Google still ignoring the inclusion of Denver in the search term when searcher is physically located in the suburbs. Organic...
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    Huge Ranking Algorithm Change - Jan 10, 2016

    I forgot to mention that we've seen geo-modifiers ignored in the local rankings on and off over the last week. Mostly on mobile devices. Local results being shown are companies located near the user's physical location despite having the word Denver included in the search term. Been seeing this...
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    Huge Ranking Algorithm Change - Jan 10, 2016

    All fluctuations were today. First noticed rankings drop early a.m. and swings got more significant throughout the day until late afternoon when rankings returned to normal. Normal being #1 in both local and organic. We hadn't seen any change in our rankings since this update started rolling out...
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    Huge Ranking Algorithm Change - Jan 10, 2016

    THE BAD: Wild ride today. After ranking #1 in local and organic for all our high value search terms for nearly two years, we saw huge drops in our organic rankings. Our index page was outranked by our internal pages for most terms, and both were at the bottom of 1st page at best. Local listings...
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