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    Shall i hide my address on the map?

    If i am offering service to my clients and i travel to them. shall i hide my addres on the map? shall i do the same for other local directories as well, some of them they do not allow me to hide and need a complete address.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Yes, it's a violation to have address showing. Pretty sure I mentioned that to you before.

    For citations best if you still have address and should be same one that's in your GMB dashboard. The citations are worth more if they have full address. Only time I advise hiding on citations is if someone is really worried about privacy and security, but then like you said there aren't that many that will allow you to list without address.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Maybe this article from BL will help.

    How to build Citations and hide your address – 103 citation sites to use

    It's from July of last year, but I'm pretty sure it still applies.

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    This is interesting, as many who rank higher are mentioning their complete address.

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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Many businesses don't even know about the rule. And some violate knowingly because they are afraid it will affect ranking. It does not. Tons of listings rank in the A spot with hidden address.

    A couple years ago Google deleted thousands and thousands of listings that didn't hide their address, so I would comply.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    @Gsmithmike

    Linda's right about the rules, but I haven't seen a business get penalized for not hiding its address for probably 2 years. Also, these days, if Google thinks your address needs to be hidden they'll simply hide it for you rather than take you into the toolshed.

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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    But mappers are still deleting listings Phil.

    Hide your Address on Google Local - New Warning for Service Area Businesses

    I'm helping a business right now on the G forum that got deleted for not hiding.
    It still happens.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    But mappers are still deleting listings Phil.

    Hide your Address on Google Local - New Warning for Service Area Businesses

    I'm helping a business right now on the G forum that got deleted for not hiding.
    It still happens.
    True, true, but it seems very rare.
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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Agree with Phil, but just like to add "If you are offering a service and travel to your destination and you do not have any front store you might loose ranking" But again when i check my keyword with the area i can see alot of businesses ranking higher with mentioning their business address in full. I also noticed something else, those who do not mention their complete address get an visible radius around their point on the map! but i am not sure of that!


    Again i am open to others idea!

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    Re: Shall i hide my address on the map?

    Setting a service area does not hurt ranking at all!

    Here is an example - there are tons more.

    Plumber San Marcos Ca
    A, B, C, D are all hidden. E, F, G have addresses showing.

    So the hidden addresses are on top. The visible rank at bottom of the pack.
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