Multiple Businesses at Same Physical Address


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I wanted to get some additional thoughts on this topic. If there is more than one business operating from the same physical address, might this have a negative impact on their local visibility? I realize that the Name part of the NAP will be different and possibly the Phone part, but if the address is identical to another listing, has this caused problems (particularly on maps) for anyone?

I feel like this *shouldn't* be an issue, but could see how it might end up in some weird gray area.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
 

Linda Buquet

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Hi NeptuneMoon,

I can see like 8 different scenarios all with different answers. Can you be a little more specific?

Did you mean, same owner, 2 diff businesses? If so what industries.

Or do you mean like a Dentist office with multiple dentists

Or do you mean a big medical building with different practices in all different suites.

Or a bunch of realtors all in same office?

Or something else? Need to really explain in more detail including industry and what the real world scenario is. Then we can give you a more specific answer.
 
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How about 2 different scenarios.

First:
Two separate attorneys (sole practitioners) who work out of the same office.

Second:
A nutritionist who may share office space with other healthcare practitioners, possibly from same field, possibly other disciplines.

Thanks!
 

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1st to answer your general Q, multiple listings at the same location often cause ranking impacts. Especially lets say for a Dental office with a practice listing and 3 Dr listings. But when it's different businesses, it poses different issue as well.


Two separate attorneys (sole practitioners) who work out of the same office.
Totally separate businesses just sharing office? Different phones and everything? Plus it could also depend somewhat on if they are using practice or practitioner name on listing.

This one is tricky and depends. Many attys try to game the algo by 'pretending' to share an office with a buddy in another city, just to get a page there. So atty listings are under high scrutiny.

If they both only have that one office and are there full time, then they are allowed a listing. But they may not both rank and there is potential for a merge, but should be OK as long as phone and name are different.

If different suite #s it's best. But don't make one up if there is not one.

A nutritionist who may share office space with other healthcare practitioners, possibly from same field, possibly other disciplines.
Practitioners are allowed their own listing so that's not a problem. But they could all compete with each other and likely only one from a category would have a chance of ranking. Whichever one in that location is most well optimized or most trusted by Google.

Generic Qs like this even with the added detail are super hard because there are still so many variables. So if/when you have a specific case you are dealing with best to post in help section with links so we can take a look. Often when we see the listing we see other issues that could affect our answer.
 

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