Google Kills off Citation data from Google Places listings!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Google Places | 2 Comments



So I have been putting the message out into the global market about the problems around Google Places citation data for quite some time, if not for the last 18 months I have been blogging about this issues, I have had two posts featured on sites like Search Engine Land and many other search marketing websites.

Two example of posts I have made highlighting the problems about citation data:
Post 1 click here from November 2010

Post 2 click here from July 2011

The good news is that today Google has decided to stop using citation data from 3rd party websites the post is on the official Google blog here .

Now what does this mean for webmasters, it shows that you need to put an emphasis on Google reviews from Google itself, these have always been a good factor for places rankings.

Interesting times ahead for Google places, I have some huge campaigns running on it atm so this is a very interesting subject for me, please list your thoughts below:


  1. Andrew
    July 27, 2011

    Interesting post James. Now with Google+, the question must be asked, how will this influence Google places listings?

    I’m going to speculate that it will revolve around social media data in future. Likes, reviews, comments rather than just links, links & more links.

  2. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    July 27, 2011

    I think we will see a link up between Google+ and Google Places in the very near future. The problems with citations were very evident.
    Good to see some fixes are now happening =)


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