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There is a report on The Next Web and The Wall Street Journal that many of the businesses on Google maps are fake. In other words, there is no business at the address on the map.
For example, they searched for plumbers in New York and of the top 20 results, 13 were bogus. To be listed on Google Maps, a business must have a physical presence at the address. Only 2 out of the 20 were found to be at the address.
Is this really surprising? To get noticed on Google you have to have a local presence and be on Maps. I guess some people, maybe even SEO people/companies (bad ones) add a local address to get noticed.
According to the report, up to 11 million businesses on Google Maps are false.
Read the article on TNW before you look for local businesses.
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