Bing Local Maps – Congrats!

Posted: January 13, 2010 by Thos003 in SEO
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I am starting the New Year off right by actually saying something nice! (yes, I know I am always nice…😉

Bing has actually impressed me today with their new feature… “Ask your friends to recommendpest control.” See image below…

Bing Local Maps SEO

Props to the Bing!

So the new feature is pure genius! It adds a personalized flavor to your search and helps the users get recommendations from friends. Overall it encourages further online conversation… which is what the internet is all about!

Sneaky?… just a little. The function actually post the Bing url on twitter, facebook, or in your email.  Smart though it titles your email for you and gives the results.  I love it because if you lived in Vegas and emailed this list to your friends asking for recommendations… Bulwark pest control would definitely win!  And of course the consumer would winwhich is what the SERP should want.

So hats off to Bing on this one!

… of course they may want to remove that spam guy in position #5, A Executive Pest Control Insurance??? P.O. BOX???

Still, Bing is moving in the right direction.

Comments
  1. Gerry says:

    Hi Thomas,

    Regarding P.O. Boxes, can Google detect when you are using an actual address that is provided by a Postal Annex or similar company? Are they able to detect this as a cluster of addresses that is unnatural? Probably not. We do business in the heart of San Diego, but our company is physically located in an unincorporated section of San Diego away from its’ center, making it hard to appear on the Google map. So I have been considering getting one of these address/suite combinations from a postal annex.

    Regards,

    Gerry

  2. thos003 says:

    Gerry,

    P.O. Boxes are written as a big “No. NO.” in google’s local listings docs. They allowed them at one point, but due to spammers, i.e. the infamous L.A. Locksmith, google has banned P.O. Box listings. You will suffer a hit if you use an address with P.O. Box. … however, there are many that are “Renting” mailboxes from other businesses. What it comes down to is whether you can get google to trust you and your business listing.

    I completely understand your dilemma, as google reverted back to only listing companies that fall within the actual city listed. We are suffering in Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Las Vegas because our address does not fall within the city limits….

    The bright side is that because of personalization, you don’t have to rank for “San Diego Pest Control”. If someone near your branch searches for pest control and google personalizes it then you will come up on the maps. Bitter sweet victory… I know.

  3. I like how they tied it into facebook.

  4. D says:

    facebook profile and tweets will rank in organic search very soon, so get ready

  5. Thos003 says:

    Tweets do rank in Google…. sort of. They fall under live search results. But as of today twitter.com has a PR=0.

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