Best Answer bobmeetin , 26 January 2013 - 10:59 AM
I found this seemingly relevant article, http://www.davidmihm.com/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml. It names structured and unstructured citations as well as other factors including reviews. So we add another acronym to the/my list, NAP. Name, address, phone. The article seems to suggest that citations are focused around NAP accuracy. So, synchronizing NAP across all local listings under your control is probably a good thing.
It also talks about inbound links, as with organic results. I still have some trouble with this because there are, even in 2013, small businesses that exist without websites and IMHO they ought to have equal opportunity to thrive in the Places environment.Go to the full post