August 22, 2017 – The Day Google Rolled Back the Possum Proximity Filter
I stumbled across something this morning while checking up on a business that has been filtered due to the Possum algorithm update. It was one of those exciting moments in the life of an SEO when I saw the business was no longer filtered. I’ve had my local rank tracker with Bright Local scanning their local ranking daily so I instantly looked back to see when it happened and saw it was August 22nd.
I then proceeded to check another example and they were unfiltered too, also on August 22. I repeated this for 5 completely unrelated businesses and every single one had the same pattern – they all became unfiltered on August 22.
Here is a screenshot example of how the local results looked like August 21 vs August 22. You’ll see Brooks Chiropractic was nowhere on August 21 but then appeared and took the 2nd position on August 22.
This doesn’t completely help everyone that was filtered as it appears that Google is still filtering listings that share an address/building like the attorney example I used in my write-up on the Possum update. So if you’re an attorney using a virtual office, don’t get too excited about this update. The great news is that it looks like the competitor down the street no longer has the ability to filter you – GREAT NEWS!
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It’s great news, Joy, but not for people who’ve just spent a lot of money trying to recover. I guess nothing is wasted though. Those websites will all benefit from an organic lift now they are giving off better signals for their main services.
Yeah I wouldn’t consider it a waste at all! To get unfiltered you had to have the best ranking signals so anything you did to improve their ranking signals will just help them rank even higher now that they’re unfiltered.
As always, Joy you are always on top of everything!
Hi Joy, good catch! So if you share an office, are you out of luck? Or is it only these virtual offices that are getting filtered out?
All the examples I checked where they share an office are still filtered.
Thank You for the info.
A few days earlier I have observed that Google has given an update but im not sure that what that updates it’s all about because all of my rankings have been decreased to 5th ranking or more but I know that pretty soon google will announce about the update.
I wouldn’t anticipate any announcement from Google on this one. I have yet to see them announce any algorithm update that impacted the local results.
Here is the link https://www.seroundtable.com/google-search-ranking-algorithm-update-24419.html I was predicting this gonna happen soon usually all of my rankings have been affected. But it’s a mystery that what algorithm is going to update.
hey! nice! i have a bussiness on the same building another Marketing Agency (I have a SEO Agency) and my rankings are growing up progressively on several local keywords (Google Spain). Sorry for my English 🙂
We had this very thing happen to 14 of our clients. One client went from 9 million views on maps to 59 million. We talked to support Friday and even got their tech team involved. They are INSISTING its not a bug. We are VERY frustrated because we know these numbers cant be right. FOr example, on the day of Hurricane Harvey we had a TX location go up 150% in views on Maps. We explained this to Google as this is a business that is an entertainment vertical. Google refuses to say there is anything wrong. Also their actions remained the same. So if your views increased by 50 million, shouldnt you seem some sort of uptick in Actions????
Another case is I have a bank who is most in rural locations. Cities with populations of 2,000 people. Average views on maps are about 200. Well in August it went up to over 2,000. Again, these results are NOT right.
We were told unless we have Google Analytics they wont do anything
I can safely say that issue with views is not related to the algorithm update. The views increase happened around August 1 and this unfiltering was on August 22.
Any idea why the sudden increase? We saw it across the board and the numbers are ludicrous. Google support was no help to us. They basically told us to go kick rocks. I couldnt believe they were justifying these massive increases. C
I have also noticed an update where my few niche websites went down from 2nd page of google to 5th page of google for my base keywords i was targeting US without using any address or location in my website 🙂
I have a question, what if two similar businesses are located in the same office complex? How to explain to Google that they are not duplicate listings?
The algorithm is trained to filter them out so we definitely see this impacting real businesses that shouldn’t be filtered (technically not duplicates) but are in the same plaza. There is more on this topic here: https://www.sterlingsky.ca/google-local-filter/
Google Rolled back possum Explain well GooD One!!!