Question: Can you get Google to show you up in Google Places other than your literal location? For example we show up in Google Places for Isanti, MN, but we would also like to show up in Google Places for other places like Morris, MN.
Question: We do show up for local places which is Isanti not Minnapolis or St Paul?
Answer: This is such a HUGELY important concept to Google Places. Assuming you have done a good job with Google Places (meaning: Keyword heavy business title, description, LOTS of good keyword heavy reviews by established reviewers, AND interlinkage between your website and your Google Places listing)…. THEN
IF you are in the SAME CITY as the SEARCHER, you should be able to show up (assuming you are competitive).
If you are in a DIFFERENT CITY than the the SEARCHER / SEARCH TERM, it is VERY difficult to get to the top of that search. Usually these are short tail searches, and in that case this is one of the most common reasons you have to ADVERTISE. You do a ‘donut’ / not advertising in your own local city and advertising in cities around you. It’s unfortunate, but Google rewards businesses in the ‘big’ cities like Minneapolis or St. Paul vs. the suburbs, but that is how it is.
If you go a little to the dark side, you can also open up a mailbox etc. type of business address in the big city and advertise in that fashion.
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