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SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate?

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SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? R.J. Hidson 4/23/13 11:33 AM
I started paying Brandrep, a company out of Irvine California to help acquire first page ranking on Google Local. So far they've failed to deliver, and it's been four months at this point. One of the reps I spoke to suggested that part of the issues what that I was logging into my maps account to check on progress. His reason was that if Google detects that someone from a foreign. IP address is logging into the account that they are working on, that it would effect ranking, or that the listing would be flagged. Is this true?

Link to your local Google+ page (previously known as a Place page): https://plus.google.com/112866779685693584561/about?hl=en
Business name (as it is in your account): R.J. Hidson Photography
Business location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada 
Business telephone (as it is in your account): (780) 465-9232 
Business category (e.g. hospital, etc.): Photographer
Website: www.hidsonphoto.com
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? jim.jaggers 4/23/13 11:55 AM
I've never heard of that as a signal before.  And I hear about most things.

There have been a few problems with the new Dashboard and creating businesses in the US from an IP in another country or vice-versa.  But they have been problems with content and data management, not ranking.

You typically won't start seeing any benefit for the first 2-3 months; so 4 months is not unreasonable.  By this point you should rank somewhere in a Maps query for your targeted keywords.  In an uncompetitive industry-location niche of for uncompetitive keywords, you could even expect to see some first page rankings.

Photography is unfortunately a very competitive niche right now.

What kind of advice have they been offering you as far as keyword selection goes?  What have they done to improve your ranking?
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? eGumball 5/15/13 3:24 PM
Cannot imagine Google holding you down to your local ip address.  Business travelers would be extremely disappointed if true.
 
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? Flash (RER) 5/15/13 3:28 PM
Google Local has no pages... so I guess all results could be considered page 1.  Do you actually have some metrics which they agreed to meet in order to get paid?
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? JoyHawkins 5/15/13 7:03 PM
Oh my...The things people say crack me up.  If that were actually true, all my clients would have really bad ranking since I'm in Toronto (Canada) and my clients are from all over the US and Canada.  It looks like that specific company has some mixed reviews (http://www.trustlink.org/Reviews/BrandRep-LLC-206549928).  I don't know much about them.
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? 1Mic 7/30/13 4:19 PM
Wow the 1st reponse has been the best.  Of course you would want an expert that is up to par with everything that google does to check on your maps listing because that is the way google verifies your business.  
30-100 days to rank is acceptable depending on your market,
If there are 10 pages of competition and your a new business you need professional help to make your way up.  And at a price of less than what you pay to come into your office and do all this type of work, it's always worth it, plus who uses a phone book anyways
Re: SEO Company (Brandrep) says I should not use my own maps account. Is this legitimate? JoyHawkins 7/30/13 4:59 PM
1Mic I fail to see how your response answered the question the poster was asking.  It was about whether logging in from a foreign country affects ranking, not if hiring an SEO company is a good idea.