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    Duplicate listings

    While looking into my Google places page i noticed there was two listings of my business, two separate Google places pages, so i deleted the page that i don't use. can it be harmful have two duplicate pages. i don't know how long it has been on there but i must have done it at some point.
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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Yes more than one claimed Place page is a violation PLUS they merge and that can cause all kinds of other problems. So it's good you deleted the other one.
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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Here is an interesting case of purposeful duplication:
    http://goo.gl/maps/jiyzR

    Real Business:
    Nemanic Chiropractic
    4902 E Warner Rd #2, Phoenix, AZ ‎ (480) 785-7246 ‎ nemanicdc.com

    Fake Duplicate:
    Ahwatukee Chiro
    4902 E Warner Rd, Phoenix, AZ ‎ (480) 785-7255 ‎ ahwatukeechiro.com

    Both listings and both domains take you to Nemanic Chiropractic.

    So the question is, what to do about it?

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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Hi Michael,

    What to do depends on what the situation is???

    Is this a client of yours you are trying to fix?

    Or is this just a listing you found and want to report it?
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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Hi Michael,

    What to do depends on what the situation is???

    Is this a client of yours you are trying to fix?

    Or is this just a listing you found and want to report it?
    This isn't a client of mine.

    It is blocking someone that I am working with. I have used the Report a Problem feature long ago but it seems to have been ignored by Google. I think it is great that this guy's real listing is ranking well, but adding a fake listing too... not cool.

    There is no doubt that both listings are for the same business. There is no doubt that the 2nd listing is in violation of Google guidelines.

    What would you do in this situation?

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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael S. Doran View Post
    This isn't a client of mine.

    It is blocking someone that I am working with. I have used the Report a Problem feature long ago but it seems to have been ignored by Google. I think it is great that this guy's real listing is ranking well, but adding a fake listing too... not cool.

    There is no doubt that both listings are for the same business. There is no doubt that the 2nd listing is in violation of Google guidelines.

    What would you do in this situation?
    It is as if the people at Google don't care if business owners put up fake listings.

    I guess this is a valid technique for dominating local results. Just purchase an additional domain and phone number for each extra listing and win with fake listings.

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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Well I think Places management does care and it is clearly a violation. I think something just falls through the crack when it comes to policing, reporting and fixing. I don't know if it's lack of staff, too much volume or just poorly trained low end workers who don't know how to identify spam.

    I reported this Chiro Sept 13 thats 10 times worse. Check it! 10 listings, with fake KW stuffed names. Tons of violations. STILL UP!
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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Well I think Places management does care and it is clearly a violation. I think something just falls through the crack when it comes to policing, reporting and fixing. I don't know if it's lack of staff, too much volume or just poorly trained low end workers who don't know how to identify spam.

    I reported this Chiro Sept 13 thats 10 times worse. Check it! 10 listings, with fake KW stuffed names. Tons of violations. STILL UP!
    Dang! That shouldn't even require anything more than a person with a pulse at Google to see that problem. It interesting that a fix on the map can be approved so quickly and yet garbage like this stays up for months and months.

    ---------- Post Merged at 09:44 AM ---------- Previous Post was at 09:35 AM ----------

    So I reported a few of them for name corrections to test that out.

    I went to:
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    Not a real business name.
    Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center has multiple fake listings.


    I did that for 4-5 of the listings. Let's see what happens.

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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Thanks Michael!

    I never followed up cuz don't have any kind of vested interest in this one. If it was for a client and was their unfair competition I would have stayed on it.

    Just stumbled across it. I report spammy ones occasionally just to test to see if they are taken care of and how long it takes.

    FYI my report was this:

    Linda Buquet Place Top Contributor here.

    Just noticed this one. (512) 219-8999. 10 Chiropractor listings with keyword stuffed fake names all at the same address.


    So even though I said I was a TC it didn't help. But I think I did a mass report of all, not each indiv listing.

    So let's watch it and see if they act on your report.

    HOWEVER we need to keep in mind Google reads this forum and usually acts on listings we report publicly like this. So we won't know if it was fixed through normal channels or based on reporting here.
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    Re: Duplicate listings

    Doing experiments is one of my favorite ways to learn. We need to remember to check this every so often.

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