Topic: General Chatter
I have been watching the Google Map locations of locksmiths for the last couple of weeks after hearing a rumour that mobile locksmiths that work from a residential base will lose their Google Places listings.
Unless you own or work from a shopfront or have a non-residential location your time is ticking...
It seems Google have decided that this is the best way to deal with the problem of locksmiths spamming the maps listings with any old address across different locations and pretending to be local.
Having dabbled with such tactics myself in the past, I found it was always a losing battle and something Google were working hard to stamp out.
So in short, if you own a shopfront its happy days and you need not worry.
To all the work from home locksmiths like myself you can expect a phonecall sometime soon to verify your business location.
Now you can buy yourself some time by telling a few white lies but inevitably your places listing(s) will get removed eventually.
I would be interested to see if Google are enforcing the same ruling upon their sponsored locksmiths listings, particularly those from national advertisers... (I would be surprised).