Google Places Ranking aka Google Local Business Listings

When a prospective customer Google’s for a product or service and they’re looking for it in a specific local area, a Google Maps box is most often displayed above the “regular” search results.

When searching from a smartphone, usually the local Google (Google Places) is the only search results returned.

Ranking high on Google Places these days is critical; more and more people are using smart phones and smart phones only show Google Places listings. But there are only 7 spots available! So how can you do it? Here are a few tips:

  • Create a Google Places Profile if you haven’t already done so.
  • Citations, citations, citations. Google Places has its own ranking algorithm, and this algorithm likes it when people are talking about you.
  • If you can’t afford a full-service SEO, consider hiring one who offers a service just for increasing citations ( like Frederick Web Promotions for example)
  • Increase citations by making sure you’re listed in every possible business directory.
  • Increase citations by making sure your listing includes full contact information and full website information.
  • Don’t forget to include some of all the types of citations out there: blog posts, social media profiles, reviews, links from other websites, etc.
  • If you hire a full-service SEO, make sure they do all of the following:

1) Use the right keywords in titles, descriptions, and websites.

2) Make sure all names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses match and exist in full on all citations.

3) Make sure your website is listed with the appropriate categories.

4) Link your Google Places profile directly with your website, social media profiles, blogs, directories, and any review sites.

5) Be sure to include photos and an introduction video on your Google Places profile.

6) Businesses from select cities can pay to help optimize their ranking.

7) Keep up with the trends. It’s not just about Google anymore; Yahoo Local, Yelp, and Bing Local are all becoming critically important for SEO success.

8) We urge you to mention coupons, discounts, or special offers. When the economy is rough and competition is fierce, offering consumers lower prices or perks to shop with you is essential.

9) Don’t forget to include location keywords, MyMaps and GeoTagged Photos when appropriate.

10) Make sure your URL has a product or service keyword.

Working to put these tips onto practice can give your site the boost it needs. Just remember to keep working at it because the developments and rules are constantly changing!

by Joyce Kelly SEO Copywriter @ Marketing Agencies in Frederick Md

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Fee $100.00 per hour or $700 come into our shop at 1446 W Patrick St, Frederick Md or we can do remote log in where we can both move the mouse and I can answer questions over the phone live

Google Places or Google Local Business Listing ranking
Our SEO battle testing is showing us that Google Places (aka Google local business listings) often are the ONLY search results that display on a smartphone! Not only that – some of our local SEO clients report earning more ROI per advertising $ invested from a Google Places ranking rather than an Organic Google ranking. We provide guaranteed ranking in Google places for our small business clients

Many small businesses come to us with excellent ranking in the organic listings (sometimes called the natural search results or the main body of search results) but they are NOT ranking in the 3 pack of Google Maps.

Increasingly people will start using their smart phone instead of a laptop, you need your company to rank in the top 3 or you will be virtually invisible.

Fee for top 3 ranking in Google Places and one listing in the top ten Google organic listings $2500 annually

Internet Advertising Agency in Frederick Md

by Frederick Web Promotions

785 Wembly Dr, Suite H Frederick Maryland 21701

240 644-7530


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 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:

(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?


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