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    Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Has this happened to anyone else. . . I'm wondering this this just a local scammer or a wider google error.

    I have a plumber who plummeted (plumbeted?) in the rankings when his category was changed to "mechanical contractor" - per Google mapmaker it was changed by "google".

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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    I have also noticed G adding cats in other verticals as well. None of these added cats are in the dash, but they are on the GMB page. Examples:

    Dentist - G added Dental Care
    Plastic Surgeon - G added Aesthetic Surgery Centres and Specialized Clinic Surgeon
    Plumber - G added Craft Facility Contractor, Home Services, Household Repair Service, Hydraulics, Office Repair Service and Tradesperson

    And these are only a few I've seen. However, there is no MM history like yours with the ones I've found. I hope this is a bug. It seems to be across the board for all verticals, but not sure. No time to check.
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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    I highly doubt this is actually Google. Any edit made to a listing via Google Maps by a user will show up as "Google" in MapMaker. If the edit removed the main category, I would think it's someone trying to kill the ranking. Plumbing is a very spammy industry which is why it's one of the 2 industries Google started Advanced Verification with.

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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    I agree in his case. But in mine, these cats have been added by G I assume. It's so odd and random.

    Joy - you noticing these extra cats with any of your clients?
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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Hey Scott,

    I'm still off on maternity leave so I can't check clients to see but do you want to post a link to a few of the ones you saw it on? If you don't want to post publicly feel free to PM me and I can look later

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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Oh yeah, I forgot. I hope all is going well with the new baby. I'll shoot you an email as soon as I can.
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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Message me through the forum - I also don't have access to my work email
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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Hi all,

    Just a quick follow up. I changed the category back, and they went from being 40th on maps to #4.

    I have to admit to being a bit surprised that this impacted it as much as it did (to think of all the on-site information on the page that says "this is a plumber" and yet, google wouldn't rank it for plumbing because of the new category).

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    Re: Plumber category changed to "mechanical contractor"

    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierBuff View Post
    Hi all,

    Just a quick follow up. I changed the category back, and they went from being 40th on maps to #4.

    I have to admit to being a bit surprised that this impacted it as much as it did (to think of all the on-site information on the page that says "this is a plumber" and yet, google wouldn't rank it for plumbing because of the new category).
    Probably why this is an effective spamming tactic

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