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    Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    Example: auto insurance metairie

    noravadenhomes.com ranks organically on the first page but her Google Plus Local listing has a terrible ranking. Usually having a high organic ranking means you will have your G+ Local listing rank high and combine with the organic ranking, but I'm finding several cases lately where this isn't true.
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    Hi Joy,

    I just cut part of a section from my Advanced Places Training that deals with this issue.

    DISCONNECTED PLACE PAGE? This is one of the problems I see often. A business has a high organic ranking but is disconnected in blended so his site and Place page are not connected. Here are the main reasons I know of that this can happen – usually it’s due to one of these problems on the Places side.

    1) The location is way far from city center (not an issue lately as much)
    2) Duplicate confusion (check for and eliminate dupes)
    3) NAP confusion (800# or other on the site, mismatched names?)
    4) Penalized for guideline violations (check for KW stuffing in description or other unwritten rule violations)
    Those are usually the reason.

    I just did a very brief check on that listing earlier and I didn't see any problems and could not find any dupes, which is normally the culprit.

    I'll try to check more in-depth later.

    Anyone else have any ideas for Joy?
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    There was a duplicate until recently. It is now 404'd - here is the link:

    https://plus.google.com/110716473570649059078
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    Hmmm, wonder if that's what did it? How long ago was it removed? Do you know?

    Will be interesting to see if the next index makes it pop back into blended.
    Do let us know!
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    It has been gone since mid June. It was a duplicate that was created and fed from a corporate feed.
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    OK thanks, if it's been gone for that long, would not think it would be affecting the other listing in blended now.
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    Linda, what do you consider to be FAR from the centroid?
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    Well BACK when the proximity lockout was in affect it was obvious and I assume this trick works now as well.

    Do a search for city keyword and look at the map on the main search results page. Back during the prox lockout that map was zoomed way into city center and only the listings in that area had a chance to rank.

    I just was researching a listing here in another post, that I think was really far away from centroid and ranked high in organic but was disconnected. Let me go find and see if it's maybe an example.
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    OK here is the example I was thinking of - from post #17 in the Local SEO Ranking Game thread.

    Google search: Santa Cruz Chiropractor

    The #1 organic local is stewartchiropractic.net but he's not in blended.

    Take a look at the map in the search above and note the map radius of listings that's included.

    Then see where Stewart is: Google Maps The search map cuts off west of Twin Lakes and he's way to the east of there. BUT he also has a dupe which could be part of problem. BUT still I think he's too far out to rank in blended.
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    Re: Connecting a G Local listing with an Organic Ranking

    I'm assuming that things like messy NAP data, lack of reviews etc (crucial local factors) may be the cause of a low ranking. I've also found problems with duplicate listings as above. It really is necessary to go through and do a good clean up job to get NAP consistency.
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