There are probably still many rumors about Local SEO that people around the world may hear. Some of them believe the rumors to be right when in fact those are not true. To help those who get the same problems about local SEO rumors, in this article, I will discuss the 9 most common local SEO myths.
The 9 most common Local SEO myths
#1 Deleting your listing in Google My Business means deleting your listing from Google.
Duplication of listings on Google may be a burden for business owners. Most people will solve this problem by claiming and deleting it from the dashboard of Google My Business. They do not know that actually that way is a serious matter. You can see it by receiving an alert or message asking if you are sure to do the thing. When you delete a listing from Google My Business, the listing will be unverified. It will still be found on Google Maps. if you really want to delete it through Google My Business, it is probably because you do not want to manage the listing anymore.
#2 Failure to claim your page means your business won’t rank anywhere.
You can make sure about this myth by considering the authority of the people who say this to you. The truth is only amateurs do this kind of thing. It is because the verification status would not have serious effects for the ranking; if the listing is left in the condition like before the verification process.
#3 “Professional/Practitioner” listings on Google are considered duplicates and can be removed.
The truth about this myth is that :
The professional is not public-facing. Support staff is not qualified for a listing and thus, Google will delete them if they exist.
The business will only have one public facing individual.
#4 You can improve your ranking by Posting on Google Plus.
People cannot actually see your google plus posts except they really search for your business by name. Google does not include any link to your google plus page. Thus, this myth is certainly not true.
#5 “Maps SEO” can work effectively separately from “Organic SEO”.
Maps Optimization is not something that can be worked separately from organic SEO. Those two are connected. They work together , so it is impossible to use only one of them.
#6 Google employees are the highest authority.
Google employees are indeed amazing, but they have no intentions to tell you about the top secrets on how to make your pages rank well. So you do not need to believe the rumor.
#7 A large radius of service area business will make your rank goes higher.
Most people will set the radius of their service area businesses really large to reach the higher rank. In fact, this method will not bring your rank anywhere.
#8 When a business relocates, most people will want to mark the listing for the old location as closed.
According to Google My Business & Google Map Maker, this rumor is really not true. If your listing is already verified via Google My Business, then you just need to edit the address on your dashboard when you move.
#9 Google will display everything listed in your Google My Business dashboard.
Everything that the owner put in GMB will only be one of the sources for Google to find and display information. Google will update verified listings all the time from Google Map or Map make. Thus, this is not really true.