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5 Ways To Rank Outside Of Your Physical Location In Google Places

5 Ways To Rank Outside Of Your Physical Location In Google Places

One of the more desperate requests I get from clients interested in Local Search is wanting to rank well in Google for local queries when they don’t have a physical location in the searched city. The challenge is that Google appears to not want to show businesses that are not physically located in the searched city if they can avoid it. And, in their guidelines , they are fairly explicit about trying to game the listings, particularly with easily faked addresses like P.O. Boxes: “Do not create a listing or place your pin marker at a location where the business does not physically exist. P.O. Boxes are not considered accurate physical locations .” For businesses that have service areas, Google throws them a bone by allowing them to designate a service area in the Google+ Local/Places Dashboard: “Businesses that operate in a service area, as opposed to a single location, sho...

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