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    Can someone shed some light on this.
    Ive been trying to help a friend out with google places.
    In the section for categories their business type does not actually exist.
    But a google search with that word displays results in google places.
    Looking at the statistics shows that some searches using that word has displayed their listing but very few. 5
    Then 165 for a search which they dont want to list for.
    any clarity or good to read articles would be appreciated.

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    My understanding is, if you use the pre-set categories then that will allow you to come up for a broad match against that term. If you use custom category, then you will appear for only the terms used in that custom category.

    In terms of coming up for terms that you don’t want to rank for, there are a lot of factors in play here. It might be that those terms are in the description or the review. It is also, most likely, that Google is just interpreting the places page as being relevant for the searcher’s terms. Google has some pretty broad ideas about what you might be searching for.

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    Google Places is a totally screwed up service. The first 2 I tried were “plumber Sydney” and “painter Sydney”.

    “Plumber” gets you a hotel in position A and “painter” gets you a smash repair shop in G.

    Here is how good the plumbers list is:

    1 x probably out of date or wrong business listing
    2 x what look like a quoting services or a business directory links page
    2 x wrong addresses
    1 x smash repairs shop

    Probably 60% inaccurate or Places scams. This is a joke, Google?

    Stop trying to be a Directory Google and stick to being a search engine.
    Regs,
    JohnW

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