Google Maps Photo Hack


CraigJMount

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Hey all,

Recently I've heard of a trick where you can "geo-tag" photos in a Google My Business profile. This process will allow you to rank in the geography they are "geo-tagged" for.

I have it on mediocre authority this is something that you can actually rank something well if done properly. I'm more curious about this process than anything, not actually looking to implement.

That said—what is this process? Like step-by-step how do you do that?

Follow-up: what are the results? Is it successful? Can someone show me an example?
 

Bryan Bloom

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I was thinking of this and it's easy to do, someone smarter than me said that google strips the geo location info from the photo as it's uploading, but I don't know for sure... if not then it should slightly help I imagine.
 

CraigJMount

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See, and recently I've heard that Google not only doesn't look at the geo information, but can't? I'm not 100%, but still really interested in figuring it out.
 
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I'm putting togther a trello board on how to optimise GMB, which I will release on this forum eventually.

Victor Smushkevich of Smart Street Media describes the process here:

For bonus points, you want to have descriptive keywords in the filename i.e. Los Angeles plumber work on a bathroom sink.jpg
Geo-tag each photo by editing the EXIF metadata before uploading to Google:
Geotag Photos Online
Geo tag Online|geo-tag images online — Geo Tag Online
Professional Photography software also does this
 

CraigJMount

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Thanks Adam!

Does the EXIF information work in conjunction with the address of the businesses GMB?

What if the EXIF information is different from the GMB address?
 

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I am pretty sure Victor's tactic was debunked years ago. I think it was Alan Bleiweiss that asked this very question and John Mueller. I saw this tactic 6 years ago, tested it and it didn't work. It was also offered with the following advice, reverse the image and apply a gloss over the image so Google can't tell that you are using the same image repeatedly. Victor conveniently omitted the fact that he adds the geo modifier in the GMB listing name or the part that the reviews play in contributing to his rankings. Before I went white or gray hat, I created fake lead gen listings, bought fake reviews, keywords stuffed the listing title, did the all of the photo tricks. It was all a wasted effort as the listings got suspended.
 

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