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    How to find categories

    Is there a resource for finding categories for a specific niche?
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    Re: How to find categories

    Yes Blumenthal's Google Places Category Tool
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    Re: How to find categories

    I used it already, but couldn't figure out what to choose for the categories of that niche

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    Re: How to find categories

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    Re: How to find categories

    If it's too niche for categories to show in Mike's category tool then it might be too niche for local.

    Have you searched for City + Main Keyword - (with location set to that city) to see if Google even shows local for that type of business category?

    In the past if it was too niche, you'd have to pick the primary general industry category that was closest and then create a custom category. But custom cats are going away with the new dashboard.
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    Re: How to find categories

    When the category tool doesn't find what I need, I usually will look for high ranking competitiors to see how they are categorized.

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    Re: How to find categories

    Great point! Also do a yellow page search and see if you find some categories or do a Google search and see if any related searches show at bottom of the page.
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    Re: How to find categories

    You can also dig up typical categories using: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html

    By the way, has anyone else noticed how cool it is that in the new dashboard you can add more than 5 categories?

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    Re: How to find categories

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post

    By the way, has anyone else noticed how cool it is that in the new dashboard you can add more than 5 categories?
    Very cool. Like, Bruce Willis in Die Hard cool.

    Question: Would you rather?.....

    10 categories with no custom cat options

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    5 categories with custom cat options
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    Re: How to find categories

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    Very cool. Like, Bruce Willis in Die Hard cool.
    Yippee-ki-yay...Mr. Falcon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post

    Question: Would you rather?.....

    10 categories with no custom cat options

    OR

    5 categories with custom cat options
    I think it totally depends on how many categories Google offers, and how granular they are. I don't foresee Google doing a real good job of making its categories list more robust over time. So for now, I'd rather have my trusty custom categories back.

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