Understanding Google My Business & Local Search
Google Maps – New abuses via Wikipedia landing pages?
I have received several reports from the locksmith industry (who else?) and elsewhere of a new “black hat” ranking tactic that seems to push listings to the top of the 7 Pack by using a Wikipedia webpage as the Map’s landing page.
For example, the links on the search for Locksmith Toronto ON head off to Wikipedia location pages (Ontario, Toronto & Scarborough, Ontario) that one presumes have a very strong default Location Prominence ranking.