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    How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    I was a bit appalled when researching to write this one. Based on what I've seen in Toronto, SEO is a more spam-filled category than locksmiths.

    I wanted to find out if it's just as bad in the other areas so I thought I'd ask those of you who work in SEO to check your city (search city + SEO) and see if you recognize the businesses listed or if they're all keyword-stuffed like what I found.

    Dear SEOs: Please stop spamming Google Maps!

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    I couldn't agree with you more about the local search results being spammed. One top company for my area Cleveland Ohio, is from Indiana!
    One doctor is even listed LOL because their last name is seo in the top 20 results.
    Sometimes it's also hard to ascertain if it's really spam, considering many SEO companies may be using their residential address as their local spot with an unlisted Google Local service area.

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Justin,

    It takes some practice but after doing it for awhile you start to get really good at detecting fake locations. I am thinking of making one of my future articles a list of all the steps I take to verify if a business is real or not.

    Maybe I'll tackle Cleveland after I'm done in Toronto

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Another good one Joy! I'm going to have to give you another nickname on top of "The Machine!"
    Joy the spam fighter!

    But seriously, glad you are calling it on the shady players and practices that give everyone in the industry a bad reputation.
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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Thank you for the share and insights!

    One thing I don't understand is why Google has not stopped using business name as a ranking signal for Local Pack.

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Yeah, good point. I think it's because they have yet to really completely distinguish between what's a brand search and what's a informational search.

    Example, let's say someone searches "Seattle Dental" - is the person looking for a dentist in Seattle or are they looking for a business named "Seattle Dental"?

    Unfortunately, they do use it a lot and businesses that do keyword stuff have quite the ranking advantage. The other thing is that there is no real penalty to keyword stuffing. It's not at all like Penguin where you suffer in ranking if you do it. On the contrary, you rank really awesome and then once someone catches on, you just go back to ranking where you would have before without the stuffing. You aren't actually penalized.

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Hm... so far the comments on Facebook are very interesting (https://www.facebook.com/searchengin...53415041596669)

    I think I'm starting to conclude the general SEO community just is really unaware of the guidelines surrounding Google My Business. Some of the listings that I got removed were intentional (it was obvious due to the volume of fake listings from 1 company), but some of it seems to just be SEOs thinking "Well if I want to rank, I need to list keywords" without realizing that there are rules around what you're supposed to do.

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    I hate bashing just for the sake of bashing from people that have no idea what they are talking about! I just said my piece.
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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Thanks for the comment Linda - much appreciated

    Don't worry - I don't let them bother me. I think as Taylor Swift says, the haters are gonna "hate hate hate".

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    Re: How Bad is Spam in Your Town?

    Great...now I got that song in my head. Keep up the good work Joy.
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