Hey Google, What About Local Farmers (AKA Google Places)?

February 25th, 2011

From Danny Sullivan’s piece on Google’s latest “Farmer Update”:

We’re evaluating multiple changes that should help drive spam levels even lower, including one change that primarily affects sites that copy others’ content and sites with low levels of original content. We’ll continue to explore ways to reduce spam, including new ways for users to give more explicit feedback about spammy and low-quality sites.

So I guess that means we will no longer find Google Places listings in the SERPs then? After all, 99% of all Place Pages have been assembled by Google with 100% other people’s content, unless a listing is claimed and updated/changed significantly by the business owner and/or spammer. Right?

Thanks to Biggi Fraley for pointing this out.

Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LR

    I talked to a tags rep last week, and he said the locksmith thing has to do with some crime organization and that he hears his bosses talking about it all the time and how the FBI is involved. They are now spamming moving companies now, which may also become a big problem like the locksmith spam. I did also get some cool info about a Places manager that flies into the tags office in AZ from CA every week to do manual edits. He did one for me, but told me it will not go live for another week or so.

  • 2 Andrew Shotland

    Love that someone has to “fly in” to do manual edits.

  • 3 Sol

    After I read this, I imagined Stephen Colbert going ‘nailed em’

  • 4 Andrew Shotland

    Nation, when it comes to dealing with Place Page optimization, we’re all heroes.

  • 5 Chris A

    Oh the duplicitous face of Google once again shines.

  • 6 Dana

    Given the content of this post, it’s ironic that as I type this comment, @business cards’ comment has not been deleted. Classic.

  • 7 Andrew Shotland

    Only so many hours in the day i can spend deleting blogspam Dana, but look above you now :)

  • 8 Dana

    Poooooof!!!! Gone. ;)

  • 9 Myka

    Lots of local businesses use Google Places forlocal internet marketing and I’m happy that spamming issue will be resolved soon.

  • 10 Andrew Shotland

    Ok Myka I am leaving your comment up for a while because you are comment spammer with a sense of irony (inadvertent as it might be)

  • 11 David Rodecker

    Too bad its only an April Fools joke.

  • 12 james pader

    interesting too, since @Mykas target is a javascript page with ZERO content, all pic no text. :) couldn’t help but laugh…

  • 13 geoklix

    that’s for sure, thousands of local farmers.

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