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    New G+L Listing

    I hardly ever have to set up new business G+L pages so admittedly, I'm a bit in the dark on this one.

    We published a listing on G+L (through the Google Places process of submitting a new listing) about a month ago. The description has been pushed through to the G+L page but the pictures aren't there. Why is that taking so long? Also, the listing isn't ranking in the top 200 for any of our categories. Any opinions on that? I can understand maybe not ranking in the top 50, heck, maybe even the top 100, but the top 200? I find that hard to believe of a properly set up G+L page.

    Also, I set this up by just adding it on Google Places. I had to mail verify and it took forever. Is there a more preferred method for better results?
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 05-01-2013 at 11:32 AM. Reason: Moved to help and support as this is specific client issue not general discussion

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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Hi Joshua,
    Photos can take a long time to show up. That's an ongoing issue. Your ranking concerns are another matter. A month may simply reflect the time it takes for your listing to fully get into the system, but there are negative issues that can cause ranking issues as well. Can you share the URL of the Place Page here so that forum members can diagnose whether you've got an actual problem going on, or are simply going to have to wait longer to see your work go into effect? Also, please share what other types of citation building you have done, how well optimized the website is, how competitive the vertical is, etc. The more detail you provide, the better answer you will receive here.
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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Hi Josh,

    Miriam is right. Images are currently delayed 4 - 6 weeks before they show.

    But also new listings on average take 6 - 8 weeks AFTER PIN, before they will rank AT ALL on keyword searches. In the meantime they'll only come up for direct name/city or phone searches in maps. That's just how long it takes to work into the local database with the current back end data cycle.

    But as Miriam said there could be other issues so if you want to post a link we can double check for you.
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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Thanks Linda.

    This must be the issue. Pretty nuts for it to take that long to break into the cycle. Oh well, guess I'll just wait it out.

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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Hint: Not totally reliable but usually is.

    When you see the "similar places" section show up on the bottom of the G+ L page is usually about when it starts ranking. So to me it's a little sign that the listing has worked into the local DB.
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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Thanks for the hint Linda. Very helpful.

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    Re: New G+L Listing

    So, I'm still having an issue.

    Now, one of my G+L pages I had to set up about a month ago broke into the rankings today. However, the G+L I started this thread about was set up a month before the new, ranking G+L page and is still not ranking. What's going on here?

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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaMackens View Post
    So, I'm still having an issue.

    Now, one of my G+L pages I had to set up about a month ago broke into the rankings today. However, the G+L I started this thread about was set up a month before the new, ranking G+L page and is still not ranking. What's going on here?
    When you say its not ranking you mean it not showing up on the first set of listings when you do the searches you think people will do? Also, it is tough to know what the issue is without a URL. I suspect it is a combo of the address not matching up with the map data and the nature of business itself. Make sure your street name and state are spelled out in full and there is a companion Address POI for the business's address in MapMaker assuming its not a SAB. Also, if the website is overoptimized and you're going heavy on the Local SEO that could be hurting it. Or you could have duplicates, or the competition is just that much better...

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    Re: New G+L Listing

    I'm guessing you are at about two months now since you sent your PIN in so you could still be working through the system. It is slow. But agreed there could also be a problem. That is what makes this so fun...or is it frustrating.

    I agree with Andrew it could be a problem with address in the map data or as others have said some other Local SEO inconsistency or problem. The URL of the Google + Local page may help some of the forum guru's gain some insight.

    I wish you good luck as I said it is a frustrating game.
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    Re: New G+L Listing

    Thanks Andrew and Freddie,

    Yes Joshua, should not take this long and there are SO many things that could be at play it's impossible to guess without doing a deep dive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Sawyer View Post
    I suspect it is a combo of the address not matching up with the map data and the nature of business itself. Make sure your street name and state are spelled out in full and there is a companion Address POI for the business's address in MapMaker assuming its not a SAB. Also, if the website is overoptimized and you're going heavy on the Local SEO that could be hurting it. Or you could have duplicates, or the competition is just that much better...
    Could be any of the things Andrew mentioned or penalty or something else.

    If you care to share the link + primary KW - I'll move this down to the help forum and we can investigate, instead of guessing.
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