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Negative Local SEO - This is real and happening!

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Guys and Gals, be on the lookout for this.

https://www.localsearchforum.com/threads/guard-against-opening-date-negative-seo.53699/

Someone did it to my business, The SEO Pub. Changed the opening date to January 2020, and now I am not showing up in local rankings. Must have just happened too because I logged in about 3 days ago.

Also happened to two clients, but their rankings were not impacted. Guess I caught it faster.

It's insane that Google allows users to submit edits like this for a GMB listing that is actively managed, and apparently word is spreading. Be diligent with your own sites and those of clients. Log in daily.

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Wait. So let me get this shit straight.

If you are a local business, a competitor can hit the suggest an edit button and get your open date changed to a date in the future. Then when that happens your business vanishes off the local rankings?

It does not make any sense why Google would allow such a thing. What in the world are they thinking?

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On 1/15/2019 at 1:10 PM, Mike Friedman said:

Guys and Gals, be on the lookout for this.

https://www.localsearchforum.com/threads/guard-against-opening-date-negative-seo.53699/

Someone did it to my business, The SEO Pub. Changed the opening date to January 2020, and now I am not showing up in local rankings. Must have just happened too because I logged in about 3 days ago.

Also happened to two clients, but their rankings were not impacted. Guess I caught it faster.

It's insane that Google allows users to submit edits like this for a GMB listing that is actively managed, and apparently word is spreading. Be diligent with your own sites and those of clients. Log in daily.

I just checked mine, and added the open date. Thanks for the heads up on this. 

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