Question: I took your SEO course a few months ago and now have a question. My wife is a yoga teacher doing business out of our home and we’re putting up a website for her. We want the business to come up under local geographic searches for our home town, New Rochelle, NY, and preferably neighboring communities too, but we don’t want to list our street address on the website as she doesn’t want people showing up at our house without contacting her first. Any suggestions how to accomplish this?
Answer: Within Google Places, you can select an option to ‘not display’ your physical address, so that is one solution. Within other platforms (like Yelp, Citysearch), I am not sure that this option exists.
So, if you want to not have your physical address public, I recommend spending the $25 per month, and finding a local mail box rental place – preferably NOT a chain, NOT the USPS as Google might not like that, and using them as your ‘physical mailing address.’
Then, use that address on Yelp, Google Places, etc. The whole system was conceived and set up for restaurants, basically, so you need to work within its parameters. I agree with you that in terms of home based businesses, you don’t necessarily want your local address everywhere. So the rent-a-mailbox is probably your best option.
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