- May 24, 2014
Hi @BenFisher, I was just reading your comment here and wanted to ask a question about #8. If a service area business is targeting a specific city (such as Tampa), but also services several entire states, would adding entire states to the service area harm the ranking for that one specific city (such as Tampa)? Your comment leads me to believe that it would not harm the rankings for that city but it's been a while since the SAB update happened so I wanted to check in to see if this is still the case. I feel like I read an article on this somewhere recently but am unable to track it down. Thanks again.A few things to note about this update which is rolling out to all SAB's.
1. SAB's will now be able to create a listing without designating an address (Verification may still be required in most instances)
2. Increased focus on place-based service areas to provide human-readable descriptions
3. Existing SAB's will be able to remove their address.
4. Removing your address and not designating a Service area will default to the country.
5. Existing radius areas will eventually translate to places (cities, zips etc)
6. If post card verification is needed, the address will not show on maps.
7. The core reason for this is to better match the consumer to SAB's
8. If you designate multiple service areas Google will rank them equally
9. Drastic changes to your service area could require re-verification (i.e. Changing from AZ to NY)