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#1 1dmf

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:39 AM

Hi,

Now I know there a rules about slagging off companies and mentioning names, but if i don't no-one can answer my question, so I'll make it simple and non-derogatory, All I require is a simple , 'yes' or 'no' answer to both questions.

I was just contacted by a representative of a company called [removed] who claim they 'POWER' google's local business searches. I asked for clarification and apparently Google uses Touch Local's DB and searches it using their Algorithm to produce all local business SERPs.

Is this true?

If this is not true, am I meant to report this to Google?

Edited by qwerty, 21 October 2009 - 07:35 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:34 AM

Google uses a number of "yellow pages" type sites to add information to their local listings. I suppose it's possible that where you live, that company happens to be the only one, but I doubt it, especially since you can also add a business directly through Google.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:45 AM

Thanks qwerty, ( I wasn't trying to name & shame wink1.gif )

I found it odd being offered guaranteed ranking positions from a company claiming to power Google. I didn't think google allowed PR , Rankings or anything else to be sold by third parties.

-> N.B. I have already added us to Google LB listing, and we appear no.1 in the LB top list and no.1 in organic listing below the LB results... these companies really need to do their homework!!!

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:21 AM

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I found it odd being offered guaranteed ranking positions from a company claiming to power Google.

They shouldn't be doing that. At most, they're a source of data for Google. If they're telling you that they can guarantee a position on local search, they're lying.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:59 AM

That's what I thought, but didn't want to jump the gun without checking with you guys!

They sure better not ring me again punish.gif

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:40 AM

In future why don't you ask them a question as, can you point me to either a webpage on Google stating the claims you make or provide me with a contact within Google who can confirm what you are claiming? Would be curious to find out what they say smile.gif

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:51 AM

Yup, just what i was thinking, plus first act extremely interested and request they email me a proposal based on what they have told me over the phone.

Then i'll have written proof of their claims. naughty.gif




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