Google Places Experiencing Lost Listings

In Google local when there is big change you can always expect some extra “excitement”. Lost a legitimate listing or getting the “We do not support this location” inappropriately? As Jason has notes below in his recent email below, several users HAVE contacted me about the issue and Google’s response: We are working hard to … Continue reading Google Places Experiencing Lost Listings

Google Maps suffers Brain Fart: “The Cluster” works in mysterious ways

Sometimes Google Maps just has a brain fart. Life will go along and all will be good with your listing. Then, for no apparent reason, it just forgets things. Not insignificant things like the year you opened or the special brand you carry but important things like your listing’s URL or its correct location on … Continue reading Google Maps suffers Brain Fart: “The Cluster” works in mysterious ways

In the Trenches Of Local: SF Florist’s Maps Listing Goes Missing

Update 2/10/2009: The records returned to some state of normalcy. Since 7:00 am EST (and it is now 3:00 pm) the record is visible and working properly. Would love to hear from Maps Guide Jen where this puppy went. 🙂 Update 2/9/2009 1:30 EST: Whoaah….hold on there partner. Save the kudos for later. The record … Continue reading In the Trenches Of Local: SF Florist’s Maps Listing Goes Missing

Microsoft’s listing in Google Maps Hijacked (oops by me)

Last week I spoke with Marc from podestabaldocchi.com, one of the florists in San Francisco that was hijacked in mid September in Google Maps. Two things struck me in the conversation. The first was that he estimated that his business was off 30% for the weeks of the hijacking. That is a significant number that … Continue reading Microsoft’s listing in Google Maps Hijacked (oops by me)

Google Maps Hijacking: Listings still in Maps

Earlier today when I had read that Podesta Baldocchi Florist’s listing had returned to normal in the Local 10 Pack, I had assumed that Google had cleaned up the mess and removed the offending listings from Maps. Not so fast pardner! It seems two weeks isn’t quite long enough to purge these fellows. A number … Continue reading Google Maps Hijacking: Listings still in Maps

Google Maps Florist Hijackings Still Showing in 10 Pack

9/25/08 9:30 pm Google has removed the deceptive listing and returned Kalman Belli Florist to the 10 Pack. This was reported into Google Groups earlier today by the owner. 9/24/08 10:00 pm Google has yet to remove this hijacked listing and restore the original florist to their position in the Local 10-Pack. 9/21/08- Remnants of … Continue reading Google Maps Florist Hijackings Still Showing in 10 Pack

Google Maps: Widespread Hijacking of Business Listings Confirmed

Late last week, the widespread highjacking of business listings in the florist industry for the purpose of affiliate mapspam was reported, confirmed and documented. There had been rumors for several months in the groups of these hijackings but specifics had been difficult to come by. According to the Real Florists Blog by FlowerChat Blog the … Continue reading Google Maps: Widespread Hijacking of Business Listings Confirmed