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    BUG Warning - Check Address to be Sure Still Hidden

    Let me clarify for everyone. The "do not show address" box has always been checked (hiding my address) yet now it seems to be showing the address anyway??

    Common problem?

    EDIT/ADDITION BY LINDA 3/19 12:30 PM:

    There is a new bug brewing I started helping folks with last night at the Google forum and also reported to Google.

    Suddenly service area businesses with address properly hidden in dash and who's address was also hidden on live page - the addresses just started showing. My concern is folks could get their listings deleted even if they are in full compliance with the guidelines.

    We have a help thread going that started about another bug and branched off into a convo about this new bug. So I copied that part of the discussion over here so we can carry on this bug discussion without derailing the OPs help thread.
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 03-19-2013 at 12:51 PM. Reason: Copied/split from help post to new bug thread

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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    Ross I think that's a NEW BUG. I started seeing several reports of the same thing with folks I was helping at the Google forum late last night.

    I reported it to Google but I doubt they are in yet.
    Will find some of the threads where others are reporting it and post here PLUS let you know what Google says when they reply.
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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    Ross - have you tried edit/submit?

    how long have you had this listing verified? have you made any edits to name, address or phone?

    there is no history in the corresponding Map Maker entry - Google Map Maker

    If Google re-inserted the listing, it might help explain why the address hidden is being overridden.

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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    OK here are a couple threads about it I was working on last night. There are likely more by now.

    business address displayed after set to hide.

    My listing shows address in Google local listing even I hide my address in Google Place
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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by keenan View Post
    Ross - have you tried edit/submit?

    how long have you had this listing verified? have you made any edits to name, address or phone?

    there is no history in the corresponding Map Maker entry - Google Map Maker

    If Google re-inserted the listing, it might help explain why the address hidden is being overridden.

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    We posted at same time Keenan so I didn't see your post.

    Great point and theory! That would make sense since when you 1st hide address it takes about 5 days before the address disappears.

    Curious if a poke would help. Course even if we get someone to do it would not know if it was the poke that worked or the normal 5 day delay for hiding address since pokes take about 5 days as well.

    I'm going to try a MapMaker poke on this one to generate history and see if I can see what's up.

    HEY I know you and I have asked Google several times but I don't recall getting an answer... Do we know why so many listings are getting re-created, losing ranking and having to start over in the cycle like new listings? Did we ever get any hints about why that's happening? I have a theory based on one case I worked on, but don't know if it's the only reason all these listings are starting over.
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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    OK did a MapMaker poke to generate history and this it supports my theory.

    My theory about why listings are starting over in the local database is due to merges that go backwards and I had this happen on a listing that Jade worked on for me. Instead of the unclaimed dupe merging into the MAIN CLAIMED listing I wanted to keep, the merge went the wrong direction. My claimed #1 ranking listing got merged into the empty unclaimed dupe. So now my claimed LONG STANDING listing suddenly had a brand new CID.

    I this case in this thread, when I poked Map Maker to generate history it imported it as a brand new listing in Map Maker. WITH A DOUBLE NAME:

    Map Maker Link
    This Establishment / Point of Interest is newly added
    Google Automated Places Data Copier
    Cahill Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (English-Primary)
    John F Cahill Plumbing Heating (English)


    So Keenan does that make sense? Google creates a dupe in the background after finding citations with another name. Then algo on it's own does a merge but it ends up being a backwards merge so the existing claimed listing starts over due to being a new CID???
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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    No, we never got a straight answer. In fact, I think the only answer we received was listings don't always have histories in MM.

    I think you're definitely on to something, that Google may be scraping citations which rebuilds the MM entry, thus showing no history.

    That said, this alone would not explain the issue causing the address to no longer be hidden. Several of the reports are from listings with mature MM entries. But I thought it might still play a role in this case.

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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by keenan View Post

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    Re: Google impressions.. #1 rank for keyword but 0 impressions?!?

    Here's another and this poor guy has was already deleted for 3 months.

    It would be a crying shame if he got deleted again even though he's in compliance!

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    Warning SABs - Check Address to be Sure Still Hidden

    Again the issue that started last night is that service area businesses with address properly hidden in dash and who's address was also hidden on live page - the addresses just started showing.

    My concern is folks could get their listings deleted even if they are in full compliance with the guidelines. I reported to Google last night and have added several new reports since then, including Ross's.


    ABOVE is the bug convo part of this help thread, split off and copied here for discussion, so we don't throw off Ross's help thread. (Hope that split was not too confusing.)

    Please add any additional questions/comments about this issue below.
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