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    Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    So I don't know about you but I have noticed a huge shift in ranking on Google Places since Friday. Here's a puzzle we could work on solving. Both these listings never ranked in the 7-pack before Friday for "personal trainer Scottsdale".


    https://plus.google.com/114681840920...17/about?hl=en
    https://plus.google.com/103478337455...85/about?hl=en


    What makes them rank?




    Some things I noticed....


    Akard



    • No visible organic ranking for that keyword
    • Homepage isn't optimized. Title tag isn't even optimized
    • Listing isn't optimized - no photos
    • Has "personal trainer" as a category twice





    Synergy

    • Website URL is a forwarder
    • The landing page of the URL ranks organically (not the URL listed on Places listing)
    • The category "personal trainer" is listed twice





    They both have domains that have been registered for a long time. Akard has been registered for 14 years (Akard.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools) and Synergy has been registered for 6 (since 2008).
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    BUT there is something going on - but what I'm seeing is not Panda or organic. It's a local algo shakeup with what I would kinda call bad blends. Where crap is getting into the pack that never ranked in the pack before so it's knocking good listings down and/out...

    And I lot of the ones I've seen are Dr listings taking over when the practice has a ton more citations, reviews and everything going for it.

    Sorry don't have time to look at that one right this sec. Just wanted to comment on noticing the ranking shakeup. Here is my post about it too:

    Google Local Algo Shake Up - Are You Seeing Changes in the 7 Pack?

    If anyone has time to looks at and weigh in on Joy's question, that would be great!
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    I should also list more detail...this is before and after Friday:

    BEFORE

    1 Maximum Fitness Gym https://plus.google.com/104865256567967328292/about
    2 Scottsdale Personal Trainers https://plus.google.com/107978841949535304371/about
    3 Lang Fitness https://plus.google.com/112782813032727639145/about
    4 Lucas James | Celebrity Personal Trainer https://plus.google.com/+LucasJamesCelebrityPersonalTrainerScottsdale/about
    5 Independence Gym https://plus.google.com/105698515712533995747/about
    6 Personal Power Training https://plus.google.com/+PersonalpowertrainingNet/about
    7 Fitness First Personal Training LLC https://plus.google.com/101360459367798803872/about
    8 Geo-Fit Personal Training / Jolene Goring Celebrity Fitness Trainer https://plus.google.com/101290083023112247493/about
    9 Pulse Fitness https://plus.google.com/118386487239250191980/about
    10 Basic Training https://plus.google.com/113950706301605155951/about


    AFTER
    1 Lang Fitness https://plus.google.com/112782813032727639145/about
    2 Maximum Fitness Gym https://plus.google.com/104865256567967328292/about
    3 Method Athlete https://plus.google.com/107978841949535304371/about
    4 Independence Gym https://plus.google.com/105698515712533995747/about
    5 Akard Fitness Group https://plus.google.com/103478337455686550785/about
    6 Synergy Personal Training Studio https://plus.google.com/114681840920864298717/about?
    7 Lucas James | Celebrity Personal Trainer https://plus.google.com/+LucasJamesCelebrityPersonalTrainerScottsdale/about
    8 Fitness First Personal Training LLC https://plus.google.com/101360459367798803872/about
    9 Jacked by Jodscheidt https://plus.google.com/116352232069748824361/about
    10 Geo-Fit Personal Training / Jolene Goring Celebrity Fitness Trainer https://plus.google.com/101290083023112247493/about
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    Today i just moved up to number 1 on my sister city SEO. I beat a Yelp and Google plus directory listings. We are talking about countless hours 7 days a week to do this. I do not know if this helped me. I do manuel links. I mess up and leave links on no follow blogs. I think this all looks good to SEO. They hate any thing close to a link farm
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    Your increase was in organic ranking or in Google Places ranking?
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    Joy, eyes half closed and too tired to work any more but was just taking a brief look.

    FYI both those top links are 404s for me.

    This is a weird pack especially Akard does not seem to have much going for it and like you said does not even rank in organic.

    Maybe they have tons of citations due to how old they are? Domain age may help too.

    But I see some issues with your client and think they could be ranking higher in organic which would move them up the pack. Remind me tomorrow afternoon and I'll shoot you an email.
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    As of today, Maximum Fitness completely fell out of the pack.

    ---------- Post Merged at 02:09 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 02:09 PM ----------

    Oh yeah and your comment about domain age - that's all Akard has going for them

    No. Domain Name Age
    1 maxfitgym.com 4 years 1 months old
    2 method-athlete.com 4 years 1 months old
    3 langfitness.com 1 years 11 months old
    4 lucasjamespersonaltraining.com 3 years 9 months old
    5 independencegym.com 3 years 4 months old
    6 akard.com 13 years 7 months old
    7 synergyfitnessaz.com 5 years 7 months old
    8 madsweat.com 3 years 6 months old
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    I'd also be curious to know what Method is doing right cuz they weren't in the pack at all in your before example above. And are farther from the city.

    Now they are numbero uno.

    But they are also #1 organic so that's it. Maybe they were penalize or there was NAP confusion so they were not in pack before. OR maybe the radius was too tight when you tracked those before results and they were locked out at the time. Starting to see a lot of that.
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    Re: Google Places Ranking Shifts - June 20th Weekend

    I know Joy is on maternity leave, but noticed that pack shifted again.

    I have a program that alerts me to any pack changes and just got notified.

    Lucas dropped out.

    Jacked by Jodscheidt and Geo-Fit moved up and some other shuffles too.
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