More threads by Dennis Cline

Jan 22, 2015
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Ranking for "in" vs "near" <location> vs "near me"

Hi all. I've been reading the feed for awhile, but this is my first post.

A dental client ranks in the 7 pack for "dentist near city, state<city, state="">" but gets knocked back to an organic listing on page 3 for "dentist in city, state<city, state="">" and doesn't even show up in the first 10 pages for "dentist near me" despite using the same city, state <city, state=""> under Google's search tools in each instance.

Any idea why this would occur, and any tips for addressing the disparity? Thanks in advance for your input!</city,></city,></city,>
Re: Ranking for "in" vs "near" <location> vs "near me"

Hi Dennis and thanks for posting. I think you'll get more out of the forum when you're an active member. :)

My carpal is killing and this is a tough question I don't have a great answer for. So I'll leave this one to the other pros. Just wanted to say hi and acknowledge your question.
Re: Ranking for "in" vs "near" <location> vs "near me"

The first thing I would do is see if there is a location correlation in the search you are not showing for. For instance, if all the ranking businesses are within a couple mile radius, that could be your answer. Take a look at this post for more information on location being a ranking factor:
Re: Ranking for "in" vs "near" <location> vs "near me"

Hi Dennis. There a number of reasons this could be happening, but its hard for people to help if they don't have some details. If you feel comfortable, can you share some more info. Its difficult for people to help when there are so little details. If you don't want to publicly post you can PM me. I will try and take a quick look.

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