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For the first time many have witnessed, Google is now serving unverified local listings in its blended local result plus boxes.
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from Gab 2460 Days ago #
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Err, why not submit Gray Wolf’s post breaking the news?

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from lorenbaker 2459 Days ago #
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Because Michael’s post was only one line and old news as Google Maps in blended results have been around for a while. Eric’s post however looks deeper into the expansion of Google Maps in blended results AND links to Michael’s as the hattip for getting Eric’s research started. That’s why. Did you read the post?

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from lorenbaker 2459 Days ago #
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@Gab Desphinning this saying it is a link post is a very inaccurate reason to desphinn (see above comment). Totally uncalled for.

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from planetc1 2459 Days ago #
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I’ve seen a few cases where a single business location has received 3 listings in the 1-box. Assuming this is a result of google needed to fill 10 spaces.

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from graywolf 2459 Days ago #
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It’s an outrage I tell you an outrage ;-)I may have found it but clearly eric knew what the heck it was way more than I did so give him the sphinn love

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from lorenbaker 2459 Days ago #
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Right on PlanetC1, and fun time chillin at SMX.

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from EricLander 2459 Days ago #
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Thanks for the reference graywolf, very appreciative of the recognition.  I always see you at these conferences, but never talk to you.  Let’s be sure to change that at SES NY assuming I get there.

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from joegriffin 2459 Days ago #
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They are probably testing click-throughs and user activity on non-verified business listings. I would assume they know these are actual businesses (they might be piggy-backing on Localeze data, or it could even be data they retrieved from that initiative they launched where they had they had the college kids going door to door?).

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from mphung 2459 Days ago #
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I just saw a really interesting local listing in the One Box for a site that doesn’t actually have any content. I.e., I click on the #1 result and I get a 404 error. I’m assuming the site gets to be #1 just because it looks like a local query and the guy registered his address with Google Local. Sounds like the one-box lameness isn’t an isolated incident.

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from mphung 2458 Days ago #
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Umm, apparently my blog is banned from Sphinn, so I can’t submit my own (albeit not nearly as good as the above) post, but it seemed apropos, if not Sphinn-worthy, so hopefully I won’t have my entire account deactivated for dropping the link here: http://www.all-about-content.com/2008/03/getting-ranked-via-google-local-with-no.html

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from Gab 1963 Days ago #
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Linkpost; better to submit the original from Mike Gray.

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