How to leave a glowing review of the quality services provided by Commercial Buildings Maintenance Inc on Google:

Google Maps Review Step 1
step one: you must have a gmail account AND a Google account. (it is possible to have one but not the other)

If you don’t already have a gmail account, please go here http://gmail.com and signup for one
it’s a good idea to list a secondary email that you use frequently to have the password sent to you should you forget it.

Google Maps Review Step 2

step two: once signed in to gmail, click on Google account in the upper right corner of the page

Google Review Box

step three, please type in the following: commercial cleaning
that will take you here: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=commercial+cleaning

(note this is worldwide search results, we’re currently ranked at #16 worldwide, on the 2ond page of worldwide Google search results)
there will be 3 “pink” listings (paid or sponsored listings)
then the top 3 “organic” or “natural” search listings
then the box with the maps, that’s the local business listings
Google just changed the name of this service from “Google Local Business Listings” to “Google Places”

Local business results for commercial cleaning near Frederick, MD

At the bottom of this 3 pack (that’s what we call it in our industry jargon) there is this link:

More results near Frederick, MD »

As of this post we’re currently #16 worldwide and on Page 2 of about 36,400,000 results

Please click on “Write a review”

Thank you very much for taking the time to jump through all these hoops!

Note to any business owner reading this post: If you cheat, Google WILL FIND OUT. You aren’t the first person to attempt to leave fake reviews. Google knows how many pieces of toilet paper you used to wipe your butt… any fake reviews will be “lost” when the algorithm discovers that the email address used for the review is owned by the business owner or if said fake review was published from the business owners IP address… every possible way to cheat the system has already been attempted and Google engineers have rewritten the code that runs the algorithm to screen out false reviews.

What happens if you do cheat?

Purgatory

Your listing will be degraded (not rank high) until the spam filter determines if those reviews are real or not.

You have no idea how many business owners call me to get their ranking back because they were overzealous in attempting to boost thier own rankings. Frederick Web Promotions can pull your fat out of the fire with the Google Powers That Be for $1500.00

David Bruce Jr

Google Places Consultant Frederick Web Promotions

240 644-7530

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I’m often asked why SEO costs so much, for one thing if I take on a client in one industry, I can not take on another client in the same industy. If I accept a home remodeler, I can not represent a home painter, a home drywall contractor, a home improvement contractor, a general contractor because of conflict of interest.

I say accept a client because demand exceeds supply, there are lot’s more customers where you came from, and some of them have deeper pockets than you do. For a small  business, one that does not command a corporation sized advertising budget, Ranking In Google Local Search Results is hands down the number one most effective advertising option available to (almost) any small business in the US (and probably the UK and Europe as well).

Bottom Line: you need me more than I need you, even if you aren’t yet aware that you need me at all, or if y0u are just now discovering that it is possible to improve your companies ranking in Google organic listings and more specfically improve your ranking in Googlemaps. Sorry if that sounds brash and arrogant but it is what it is.

Many of my Maryland clients have cancelled their costly YellowPages advertising because quite frankly, the advertising I offer is better, faster and cheaper. I *should* raise my fees to more than the Yellowpages charge ($500.00 a month for some clients).

What exactly IS SEO?

To the uninitiated it seems like a simple proposition once you learn what Google likes, what Google Does NOT like and Give Google What It Wants.

The complex computer program (algorithm) that makes the decision as to who gets to be number one and who is ranked number two and so on is a closely guarded secret within the hallowed walls of Googledom. Google is an advertising company. This fact is often overlooked by people assuming Google is governed by the same FCC laws that regulate the TV airwaves, it is not.

If I take a doctor as a client, I can make them dominate the local google search results for the county they work in I am ethically obigated to not take any other doctors (for that county anyway). I can make a Frederick Maryland optometrist rank in Google and a Frederick Maryland podiatrist or a Montgomery County Maryland optometrist but for Frederick County Maryland I’m done.

Businesses that operate in more than one county are more problematic. You have to pay me to get you to rank in each county, some counties are harder to rank than others.
More coming…

David Bruce Jr
Apex Predator SEO Mercenary For Hire
Local Google Advertising Consultant
Frederick, Maryland

240 644-7530

Google offers a free business listing to small businesses at the top of most local search results pages. Local Google Advertising is what we’re after when we talk about Google’s local business listing center.
Anatomy of a Google search result page:

•Listings on the right side bar are paid advertisements, often called “sponsored links”
•The main body of a search result page are called the “organic” or “natural” search listings
•At the very top in a colored text box are also paid advertisements, sponsored links
•Above the organic listings are “Google Local Business Listings
This wiki deals with only with the Local Business Listings

You will notice a map associated with each listing, this is because Google used the existing infrastructure of Google Maps to implement the free business listings. It’s generally thought that Google offered this free service, and gave its location on a search result page prominence above the organic listings because of the popularity of Google’s Adwords program.

Adwords is a PPC (pay per click) advertising system where keywords and keyword phrases are bid on in an auction like system. The immense popularity of Adwords priced smaller Mom n Pop stores out of the market due to the ever escalating costs of certain keywords. Google became fearful that it’s search platform would be return search results of the “rich and famous” thus reflecting only what the rich and powerful wanted seen on Google search results.

How does Google determine which website should rank higher than another?
Google uses a computer program algorithm based on hundreds of factors as the vast size of the internet precludes any human capability of keeping the listings accurate or current. That algorithm is a closely guarded trade secret within Google. Search Engine Optimization Consultants learn what Google apparently likes and doesn’t like from the observable behavior of search results.

Local Business Listings IS Googlemaps
Google Maps algorithm is different from the algorithm that anoints one site over another. It’s also slower to update.
If your customers leave glowing reviews of your product or service on the link provided your site will climb in rank.
You are permitted up to 10 photos of your product or service, use as many of those slots as possible. Fill out as much information about your business as space allotted provides, being verbose is better than being succinct when it comes to Google Local Business Listings

Many small businesses get leads and interested inquiries from a local business listing even if they don’t have a website url. Still other small businesses find it unnecessary to have their company listed anywhere other than the top local business listings. If your listing falls in ranking or is bumped out of it’s spot by a newcomer and you find your company losing sales because of it, you may want to outsource your rankings management to a local search engine optimization firm.

The fees involved for a local business listing may be less than the fees for improving your company website’s organic listing.

What Determines Rank?
Ever wonder why your companies listing in Google does OK in the main body of Google’s search results page but is not in the top 10 of those pesky Google Local Business Listings?

Ultimately what you want is to be found in BOTH sets of listings, the net effect of which would be to drive home in your prospective customers Mind’s Eye that Google apparently thinks pretty highly of your company if Google is displaying YOUR company listing in the Local Business Listings and in the Organic Search Rankings.

Well, people’s perception and Google’s reality are far, far apart.

Google didn’t *pick* you to be #1 and your competitor to be #11

A computer program picked you over the hapless fella you compete with. A person did not visit your site, take notes, compare notes, make a decision, hear the belly aching and whining of the poor fool who got bumped off of his front page listed by a website that ranked better than his…

nope, an algorithm picked you over them.

Think about it… there are what? a Gazillion webpages already indexed in Google? And how many tens of thousands of new webpages being created as we speak? Some of those tens of thousands are being “generated” by a “bot”.

There is no way on God’s Green Earth a staff of humans could possibly keep up with that kind of volume. An algorithm did it. The robot that scours the Internet (in the SEO industry we call that “spidering”) is titled GoogleBot

GoogleBot Can’t Really *Read*

GoogleBot can NOT read… but it CAN count

Googlebot counts the words on your webpage, it counts the keywords and keyword phrases you use in your copy. Is y0ur company website a little light on copy? Too bad for you.

It matters little to Googlebot if the fancy flash graphic and dramatic digital photos depicting your most important product are… well the damn thing can’t decipher a photo! but it CAN read text.

What ever makes your photos good, better or best and likewise your competitors photos crappy is subjective. Art is subjective, math is not.

Either the keywords are on your webpage (Prominently placed at the top of the page I hope) or the keyw0rds are not.

He who has the most keywords (elegantly, tactfully and deftly constructed with proper enough grammar for the spell checking programmed Googlebot to index).. Wins that coveted top spot!

But… the Google Local Business Listings are a different story. The algorithm that runs it is different.

What Google is looking for and rewards when it sees it for the organic search results page (the body of the page) is one thing. What Googlebot is looking to see in the Free Local Google Advertising Listings is quite another.

I’m not about to reveal the entire loophole in a “Google Secrets Revealed” post, not even for a hefty $1000 fee for an ebook (I’d do it for that price if it were ticket sales to a seminar and I got a couple dozen of you to buy $1000 tickets to eagerly learn how I do what it is I do) (that’s in the works by the way)

No, I’m not telling, not the whole thing but I will give you a hint, and I’m giving said hint in the form of my own Maryland search engine optimization results. This is not theory, This is not alleged, What follows is battle tested.

I’m competing against the best of the best, the top guys and gals in Maryland: other SEO professionals. Link building technicians like me:)

If your customers leave glowing reviews… and they leave them USING a gmail account, and that Gmail account is associated with a Google Profile, and the person leaving the review has a picture or avatar uploaded to that Google Profile… Your Google local business listing will climb in ranking.

There are other ways to improve your ranking in Googlemaps, the purpose of this blog post is not to tell you EVERYTHING Frederick Web Promotions can do to improve your ranking, the purpose of this particular blog post is to:

  • Educate you about Google Local Business Listings
  • Let you know there are things you can do to improve y0ur ranking
  • Help you improve your ranking for free
  • Once you see that this works, you’ll begin to see that I know what I’m talking about and you’ll subscribe to this blog
  • Tease you enough want to learn more and subscribe to my main website’s mailing list at Maryland Search Engine Marketing

Many of you know you have to do something, you’re reading this to research if there’s anything you can do to “make the phone ring” in this challenging economy. More than a few of you will learn that you know you want to do something about SEO (search engine optimization) but simply don’t have the time… and you’ll hire me to get YOUR company website dominating the local Google search results!

David Bruce Jr Search Engine Optimization Apex Predator

240 315-1515 davidbrucejr@frederickwebpromotions.com

Ever wonder why your companies listing in Google does OK in the main body of Google’s search results page but is not in the top 10 of those pesky Google Local Business Listings?

We’re talking about Local Google Advertising, not National ranking, local ranking in Google Maps.

Ultimately what you want is to be found in BOTH sets of listings, the net effect of which would be to drive home in your prospective customers Mind’s Eye that Google apparently thinks pretty highly of your company if Google is displaying YOUR company listing in A) the Local Google Advertising Business Listings and in the Organic Search Rankings.

Maryland Search Engine Optimziation 9-1-09

Well people’s perception and Google’s reality are far, far apart.

Google didn’t *pick* you to be #1 and your competitor to be #11

A computer program picked you over the hapless fella you compete with. A person did not visit your site, take notes, compare notes, make a decision, hear the belly aching and whining of the poor fool who got bumped off of his front page listed by a website that ranked better than his…

Nope, an algorithm picked you over them.

Think about it… there are what? a Gazillion webpages already indexed in Google? And how many tens of thousands of new webpages being created as we speak? Some of those tens of thousands are being “generated” by a “bot”.

There is no way on God’s Green Earth a staff of humans could possibly keep up with that kind of volume. An algorithm did it. The robot that scours the Internet (in the SEO industry we call that “spidering”) is titled GoogleBot.

GoogleBot can NOT read… but it CAN count

Googlebot counts the words on your webpage, it counts the keywords and keyword phrases you use in your copy. Is y0ur company website a little light on copy? Too bad for you.

It matters little to Googlebot if the fancy flash graphic and dramatic digital photos depicting your most important product are… well the damn thing can’t decipher a photo! but it CAN read text.

What ever makes your photos good, better or best and likewise your competitors photos crappy is subjective. Art is subjective, math is not.

Either the keywords are on your webpage (Prominently placed at the top of the page I hope) or the keyw0rds are not.

He who has the most keywords (elegantly, tactfully and deftly constructed with proper enough grammar for the spell checking programmed Googlebot to index).. Wins that coveted top spot!

But… the Google Local Business Listings are a different story. The algo is different. What Google is looking for and rewards when it sees it for the organic search results page (the body of the page) is one thing. What Googlebot is looking to see in the Free Local Google Advertising Listings is quite another.

I’m not about to reveal the entire loophole in a “Google Secrets Revealed” post, not even for a hefty $1000 fee for an ebook (I’d do it for that price if it were ticket sales to a seminar and I got a couple dozen of you to buy $1000 tickets to eagerly learn how I do what it is I do) (that’s in the works by the way)

No, I’m not telling, not the whole thing but I will give you a hint, and I’m giving said hint in the form of my own Maryland search engine optimization results. This is not theory, This is not alleged, What follows is battle tested.

I’m competing against the best of the best, the top guys and gals in Maryland: other SEO professionals. Link building technicians like me:)

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I have been in the marketing business for nearly 35 years and have seen just about everything but I am very impressed with David’s knowledge of the internet and search engines;knowledge he uses it to get customer top “organic” page rank across a wide variety of business and organizations…and he techniques show actual page rank in a matter of weeks! He has worked with me for 3 weeks and my company is already establishing itself on a page rank basis. I « Hide
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Frederick web promotions has helped my videography skills become noticed by companies such as the Discovery Channel. With out the help of Frederick Web Promotions more than likely this wouldn’t have been possible this soon because the Discovery Channel found me using a google search on Outdoor Videographers a keyword David Bruce and I picked out. He is also a great person to work with because he is so friendly and knowledgeable about web promotions/ promoting. I would definitely recommend him to friends, family, and other businesses. «

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Search Engine Domination!!!‎ – Josh‎ – Jun 8, 2009
David has been amazing. He has taken our small business site and kept us at the top in search engines in the areas that most help our business. He’s been so effective that we’ve decided to remove our phone book advertising, saving us a ton of money and increasing our advertising exposure. Great communication and stays on the ball. We couldn’t be happier! « Hide
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David grabbed us the #1 spot in Google for Maryland Commercial Cleaning. David has been more than a search engine optimization expert for us teaching our organization social media marketing skills « Hide
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Eugene Oregon Vanguardia Marketing ‎ – Christina‎ – Jan 10, 2009
I have been consulting with David Bruce for several weeks about my website. He has worked with me to developed a SEO and marketing strategy that is working very well. At the time of this review one of my businesses is dominating the first page of Google with 4 top spots for the targeted keywords. I am very impressed with the knowledge and understanding that David possesses about SEO and marketing in general. He is an analytical thinker and it shows in his knowledge of how Google and the other search engines work to rank a website. I am always amazed at how many different approaches he can come up with to obtain the desired results for my business. If you want to hit home runs with your internet advertising give David a call to get start. David knows what it takes to dominate the search engines and he will take the time to find out exactly what your goals are so that he can work to achieve them for you. « Hide
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Effective website promotion!‎ – Christopher‎ – Jan 13, 2009
I had a website that did not rank in google at all. I never received any phone calls from new customers. Since Dave took over my site, I have steadily ranked on the first page when searched under Frederick Maryland printers. This has increased my new customer calls from zero to at least one a day. At this rate, I will quadruple my sales this year. « Hide
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Gets the job done right!‎ – Josh‎ – Jan 13, 2009
We never had any website whatsoever. David contacted us and offered to publish us a site through a local website. We have been working closely with him since, and I can say that even a small page with David really carries a bang for the buck. Just our small advertising page has netted us curious customer both via phone and e-mail, and we look forward to improving and increasing the possibilities the that David and the internet offer our business! « Hide
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Great Service… Highly Recommend! ‎ – Pete‎ – Jan 16, 2009
David provided friendly and quality info that helped me dominate local search engine results in no time. If you are looking for LOCAL search marketing knowledge, David is your man! Very good return on investment… Thanks Again David! « Hide
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Awesome SEO service‎ – car‎ – Jan 21, 2009
With just a few tweaks and ideas, I was able to get to the top 10 of googles results pages. I am really glad I let David give my site a whirl.‎
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David Bruce Jr is a Maryland search engine optimization consultant who specializes in local Google advertising for small to medium sized Maryland businesses.