What’s this about a Google SEO Update Called Possum?

I love it when a Google SEO update rolls back and people get re-listed.

A year after rolling out, the Google Local Possum Update has reversed for a bunch of filtered businesses.

If you’re still affected then you need to do something about it, now don’t you? *cough* virtual offices.

Read all about it in this extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates 08 Sept 2017.

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Google Local Possum Update Rolled Back

Possum Update Summary:

  • Joy Hawkins reported discovering that the Google Local Possum update from August 2016 had been rolled back around 22nd August 2017.
  • The Possum update filtered businesses which shared, or appeared to share multiple businesses out of a single location / entity. EG those from virtual office suites.
  • As with all updates, there was plenty of collateral damage, which appears to have been reversed in a number of instances.

Google Local Possum Update Reversed

How to Recover from Google Update Possum:

  1. Check your Google Local 3-pack / 5-pack rankings if you were filtered by the Possum update.
  2. If you were, and you are back, cheer from the rooftops.
  3. If you were and are not back, your options are as they were before:
  4. Clearly disambiguate yourself from the item which is causing you to be filtered: address, phone number, or business name. Fix your Google My Business listing.
  5. Submit the changes and wait for the Google Local team to update. It may be some while.
  6. Click here to contact me to discuss getting your business listed in Google Local.

Local SEO Updates Discussion:

Google has issues with similarity and duplication. We know that from the main organic Google search results. Unfortunately addresses, phone numbers, locations are (or can be) a little harder to deduplicate and disambiguate for the Google Local team, and there are plenty of businesses out there who are busy taking advantage of Google by claiming virtual offices as staffed offices, or opening hours that don’t exist, or keywords in the business name – all sorts of things.

Usually a rollback of a filter from Google means that it has developed some new technique or technology which allows it much finer granularity on things it should / shouldn’t filter. A while ago, Google issued a reminder re virtual offices, and there is a reasonable chance that was a business’s chance to get itself cleaned up before this change came into effect. There is also a chance is was a standard Google mumbling about playing by the rules.

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Thanks for reading. If you would like to discuss what these changes mean for your web property, or would like to know how to implement them, please feel free to contact me.

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