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I was in the top place for all important keywords. 4 days ago my gmb rankings dropped and have not recovered yet. What are the possible reasons of this? Same thing happened twice last year but recovered only 2 days later. This is the longest time.
 
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Hey @yigitc. Please can I ask what industry you're in?

We have a free tool that tracks changes in local SERPs called Local RankFlux— if there's been a lot of movement then the number will be higher (it reflects the avg. number of position changes across all industries). This past week we saw a couple of high days (Tues and Thurs), but certain industries would have seen bigger changes than others, so I'm wondering if you may be in one of them.

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How many positions did you drop?
 

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Hello StephanieNewton,

Thanks for your answer. I am a lawyer and I was in number 1 spot for a lot of keywords. Tuesday night I lost my all spots and have not recovered yet. I wonder if Google updates affect all places same, for example I am in Turkey and you guys are in UK or USA or India.
 
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Thanks for the info! Legal practices actually seem to be less affected versus other industries but, that said, you are right – Local RankFlux uses data from US cities, so it wouldn't reflect your results in Turkey.

I take it you didn't make any major changes to your listing that could have resulted in such a quick drop? The other thing that could be affecting your rankings would be an increase in spam — something I know is really prominent in legal SERPs.

Do the businesses ranking above you look legitimate? (Look out for keyword stuffing, virtual offices, working out of residential homes, etc.)
 

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check your positions from the google.com/adpreview tool. Change the location to out of town and then change the location to a local zip code. I have noticed that google local algorithms change when you get closer to the location of the business. Hope that helps.
 

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I'd suggest using Bright Local's Tool instead. The Ad Preview tool has been known to have very inaccurate organic results. It's accurate for ads.

 

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Thanks for the reminder of this tool. Do you think it is more accurate than an incognito tab with the gs location changer extension
 
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