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    Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    I am starting a limo & Town car business in Charlotte, NC.

    I built a good website and i am familiar with how to promote it.

    My issue is G+ Local, before i create a profile and start I need some help.

    I don't have a business address, as I will pick customers from their address, I will be working from home.

    My options:

    Virtual Office:
    there are many businesses with same address.

    My Home Address: Google requires to hide the address. If I do, I don't think i will get higher ranking... as most my competitor show their address.Should I use my home address and select hide my address? would i rank higher same as if i have a physical address showing? or having home address and hide it will affect my ranking negatively.

    Now, how about citations in other business directories? Do i need to put my home address in those in order to rank? how about putting the address in my site.

    Please help
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 10-16-2012 at 06:49 PM. Reason: (Moved from General Discussions to Help Section)

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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Hi khidma and welcome,

    Google is very strict about location and for good reason. I would not use a virtual office as you could get suspended or deleted for that.

    If your office is really in your home, then that's your REAL address. Hiding address is not supposed to affect ranking and does not from what I've seen. I've seen SERPs where the top 3 listings are all hidden and the lower listings are showing address.

    As far as address on citations or your site, Google is still going to try to find matching citations to verify you are real and legit and she'll match to the address in dashboard I believe, enough though it's not visible on your G+L page.
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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Thank you Linda,

    To make sure I understand.

    I need to use my home address, submit it in all business directories and my site. Create a Google + local with my home address and choose hide the address option.

    If I am using all other factors correctly the ranking should be hurt by making my home address private.

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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Quote Originally Posted by khidma View Post
    If I am using all other factors correctly the ranking should be hurt by making my home address private.
    Correction above, should not be hurt. Yes it should be OK.
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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    And, if you're keen on hiding your address in other directories, here's a great list of top directories that allow this:

    Can You Rank Well in Local Google without Revealing Your Street Address Anywhere? | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

    Thought that might be helpful, as many home-based businesses have privacy concerns.
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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Oh great resource to add Miriam!
    Thanks!
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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Thanks ladies for your help!

    Would it affect the ranking in Google+ Local even If I hide my address in other directories? How google would know about my citations if the address is hidden in my site and other places?


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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    I use my home address and I hide my address in the Google+ dashboard. Hiding my address did not change my rankings at all. I had rankings before hiding my address and after hiding my address my rankings didn't change at all. Good luck with your new business!

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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    I'll chime in and add a little to the virtual office comments. Where I live, there is a large office building that rents office space. They also offer virtual offices where you get some call and mail forwarding and your own suite address. A few local businesses use these and they rank well.

    IMO, if you have a legitimate virtual office arrangement like this, there is no problem to use it. You can also operate with a clean conscience knowing you are not trying to trick or hide anything. It is a legitimate, modern office arrangement. That's my .02

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    Re: Virtual Offices/Home Address & Google Plus Local

    Quote Originally Posted by Chase Billow View Post
    I'll chime in and add a little to the virtual office comments. Where I live, there is a large office building that rents office space. They also offer virtual offices where you get some call and mail forwarding and your own suite address. A few local businesses use these and they rank well.

    IMO, if you have a legitimate virtual office arrangement like this, there is no problem to use it. You can also operate with a clean conscience knowing you are not trying to trick or hide anything. It is a legitimate, modern office arrangement. That's my .02
    Yes lots of listings still get away with virtual offices and rank but I think it's only a matter of time. (Kinda like Geo stuffed titles.) Technically it's a violation and I would caution against it. I've seen too many listings suspended or deleted and Google is getting better at detecting.

    It's an acceptable business practice, no reason you can't do it for your own purposes, but a virtual office is not a viable business locations in Google's eyes for your local listing.
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