If you’re Google Places listing is not Ranked in the 5 Spot in the Local SERP’s, the number of clicks your listing will get falls off dramatically. Anything is easy when you know how. We know how to create and optimize a Google Places Listing and we’d like to help you do it too! It’s really not that hard, so long as you follow a best practices guidelines, pay attention to details, deploy a sound acquisition strategy for obtaining 3rd party Citations and Reviews and make dam sure you don’t violate Google’s TOS!
How to Get Ranked in the 5 Pack
Knowing what NOT to do comes in handy. We know what NOT to do too. Getting Suspended on Google Places can be a Death Wish for getting Local Traffic.
It took me from February 27th to April 15th to get back in good graces with Google. Ignorance is Bliss but it can cost you a boat load of free traffic to your website if you don’t pay attention to the rules.
Google Places requires that you Pay Attention to:
- Listing Details
- Listing Categories
- Relevant Images & videos
- Citations and 3rd Party Reviews
- A Few Dozen other Metrics & Attributes
Google Places on Mobile Devices
Here’s a screen shot of the search results (taken 3 days after authoring this blog post) for the long tail keyword phrase “How to Rank Google Places” searched for 33.8 million times a month.
How to Rank Google Places
The key take away is this. If you produce Quality Content and Optimize the Content properly you can achieve an impressive SERP in a relatively short period of time. In this case, the timeline is a whopping 3 days and that ain’t too bad!