Is Your Google Maps Listing Up to Date?

I don’t know if I should be calling it Google Maps, Google Places, or Google Local; because when you submit your site to Google Places you’ll show up in Google Maps. Anyway, I prefer to just call it Google Maps to help avoid any confusion. But that’s not really the point of this post….

What is really important is for you to get your Google Maps listing up-to-date if it’s not already, because Google is making major SERP changes that could affect you.

Have you seen some of the latest local search results?

google maps results october 28 2010

I wasn’t able to show you the entire page, but organic / map integrated listings took up the first 8 organic search results. Between that and the sponsored listings that only left two 100% organic listings for most of the local searches I tested.

From looking at my past and current clients it appears the organic listing is more heavily weighted than the maps listing when it comes to your rankings. However, the updated map listings with some reviews, stars and Google tags definitely stood out.

As Google continues to try and further monetize their search results you can see the direction Google is going and how important it is for you to stay on top of your local listing.

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  • October 28th, 2010 at 5:33 pm Gil Pauley said:

    Hi Wesley,

    As always you are right on top of things. I also read the “Google tags” link from above. Totally by accident I just signed up for the Google Tags yesterday while talking to a Google Sales Lady. The Tag appears almost instantly. Yesterday, when I googled Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist, there was still the Local listings and the organic where we ranked very well in both. Today, I didn’t understand what had happened until I read your SEO Ranking article and then realized what the integrated or combined listings were. Before reading your article, I just about had heart failure, because I thought we had dropped totally off the organic listings–we have been in the 1 spot for over three years in the organic listings and in the 3 spot for local. We had held the 1 spot in local for a long time until about 4 months ago (when Google split our listing which is another story). I checked my computor after reading your article and we had the integrated 2 spot, or so I thought. then I checked my wife’s computor on the same server and 6 ft from mine and her’s had us in the integrated 1 spot. It seems as though Google has got a moving target that requires constant adjustment, WOW!!! I guess I shouldn’t complain as long as we stay in the top 5. Thanks again for a great and timely article. I think you saved my life, because my blood pressure went back to normal.

    Gil

  • October 28th, 2010 at 5:36 pm Wesley LeFebvre said:

    No Problem, Gil. I actually checked your Google listing before I published this article. You we’re #1 for me too when I searched for Bellevue Dentist. Keep up the good work!

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