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Old 01-14-2013, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by New2TheGreenIndustry View Post
I just verified my google place and places this week by, well, tricking the system. They would not let me enter a PO box #, so I put the physical address of the post office, plus the box number. I was able to verify and it did pop up in some local listings. Though, I have a feeling you're going to tell me that will hurt in the long run.
Well, there are two components to this...

The USPS did change to allow street addressing instead of the usual PO Box convention, although last I knew, you had to specifically sign up for the service. Regardless, these addresses are prohibited once we hit the Google guidelines.

Re: your Google account, that's not an uncommon maneuver by any means, but usually their algorithm catches it and sends you to "pending review" purgatory. Since you were verified, the next worry is Google eventually cross-checking the address and closing your account. I'm surprised your address, which is plainly obvious when searching it, was not caught.

For an interesting read re: the abuses, and subsequent consequences that hit an entire industry, just search: google local locksmith
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