If you have been hiding under a rock for the last few months you probably haven’t noticed that Google has moved their top search results for the Google Business Listings from a 7-Pack to a 3-Pack. This is devastating news for for small business owners in competitive niches because it will be hard to get your business information to even show up now. Let’s say your in a competitive niche like restaurants in Portland Oregon. If you look at the screenshot of the Google search I just did you will see that the Google 3-pack pulls up in result 1, 2, and 3. Then after that in the #4 position and below you begin to see webpages like Yelp and restaurant pages. Most restaurant owners will have a hard time ranking in the top 3 restaurants in big cities. I have also noticed that the restaurants with the top 3 citation listings usually are on the front page with their websites. So basically what has happened is Google has created less diversity on the front page which is good for the best restaurants but bad for everyone else. Maybe in the future I will give you guys some information on how to rank better in the Google Business Listings, or you can visit Portland SEO and they can help you get to the top 3 with proven techniques that not many seo’s know about. You would be amazed and the difference in results from someone who pretends to know search engine optimization, and someone who really knows. Results speak for themselves, don’t be afraid to ask some of their results or anyones for that matter. It’s a lot like getting workout advise from someone overweight and out of shape…does that make any sense? Then why would you get seo from someone who has never ranked a page to the #1 spot or even 2 or 3? Just some food for thought! We will probably cover a little more in the future like website design and development or on page strategies.
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