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    I am working on my website and trying to optimize on google places. I wanted to get some feedback on what you guys do for business address. I have narrowed it down to using a business address service which is pretty cheap and can give me a physical sounding address in the center of town instead of a po box. My concern is that if I used my personal residence as my address in these listings is that I could potentially be placing a target on my back if competition was to become angry with me and vandalize something. Am I going overboard or do you think better safe than sorry? I plan on doing business honestly
    But after reading about vets experience I am concerned. You never know what people will do these days.

  • #2
    Using your address but not having it show in google places is an option. Google will senda letter there to verify the address. I don't think you can sign up with a PO.Box, but that may have changed.
    Evansville Lawn Mowing
    Newburgh Lawn Care

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    • #3
      For my Google Places listing, I indicated my service area rather than listing my address.

      I have no interest in advertising my personal residence info. (Even though it could be figured out easily enough)

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      • #4
        The last thing you want is for clients to start ringing your doorbell.

        It is the most ANNOYING thing ever.


        I have clients ring my doorbell to ask when I'm coming to cut their lawn, etc... You eliminate all of your freedom.


        somewhat related;

        To this date, I have people who call my number who already know my name... and I haven't posted it anywhere!!! It's creepy man!

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        • #5
          Haha that is creepy! I just looked at it again and figured out how to hide address. Thanks guys.

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          • #6
            u can rent a store unit and put the that address

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            • #7
              I also wonder if the local town bureaucrats have gotten to the point where they will look up on google maps to help them enforce township zoning lawns.
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              • #8
                I use my home address and haven't had any problems. A few customers have even brought me money that was owed. No problems for me.

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                • #9
                  If you had the option of not using the google places or using it with your home address, which one would you choose?
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                  • #10
                    I wouldn't use it. I'd work harder on web optimization.

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                    • #11
                      So ultimately, its the web optimization that is the most important part of it and that can be done without giving away a home address.

                      Very good point.
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                      • #12
                        So ultimately, its the web optimization that is the most important part of it and that can be done without giving away a home address.

                        Very good point.
                        Well, in my case, my website isn't complete, and I don't show up in searches unless using my name.

                        My Google Places listing DOES show up when doing general "lawn care" searches and I've gotten calls as a result.

                        I need to fix that.

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                        • #13
                          Go to a UPS store, you can get a street address with a site # not a PO box #

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                          • #14
                            Need another reason to NOT publicize your home address?

                            http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=16862

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