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    Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    I notice that Doctors/Dentists names in Google Places are sometimes last name first.

    Forgive me but is this standard practice?

    Do you build citations with last name first?

    Or do you change it in Google, first name then last name and then start citation building?

    Curious how to handle this.

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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    The way I would handle it is to do Dr. First Last and link to a bio page or an About Us type page. This would be for a single practitioner within a practice. This way, the practitioner listing does not compete with the main practice listing.

    I would also probably do your NAP cleanup first, then go back and correct the G+ listing.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    I agree with Scott. First Name Last Name.

    Make sure to check out this post that Linda did around the subject - Google Places DUPLICATES – Have Doctor, Dentist or Lawyer DUPES? You NEED to Read This - Google Places Optimization Blog
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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    Thanks Colan. I was looking for that when I got side tracked.
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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    I knew you were
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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobinOctane View Post
    I notice that Doctors/Dentists names in Google Places are sometimes last name first.

    Forgive me but is this standard practice?
    No those are listing that were scraped from the Yellow Pages.
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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawly View Post
    This way, the practitioner listing does not compete with the main practice listing.
    Also Agree with Rawly and Colon. Clean up your citations first though. Express Update is known for flipping names and then doubling them up, Especially if the name of the business is also the doctors name. ( James, Todd DDS MS: James, Todd DDS MS) As for the competing Dr. listings, I have had great success having Google delete a Dr. G+ Listing ONLY if it is the only doctor at that practice. With multiple doctors you want to do what Rawly suggested.

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    Re: Doctor Names, Last Name First?

    Oh I love those scraped listings. Its one of the things I ask Google Places support now. They are usually open about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    No those are listing that were scraped from the Yellow Pages.

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