We’ve said it before and this article will confirm it, “Post something on the internet and it will be archived FOREVER, whether you like it or not!
Here’s a case in point. Google Places has a provision where a home-based small business can still put up a Places page just as a bricks and mortar business would, with the “option” to have their actual address shielded.
Going on the premise stated in the first sentence, we’ve always advised friends, family and clients NOT to put anything on the Internet that they may regret in the future. That goes for videos, pictures and other graphics and of course personal information like addresses, telephone numbers etc.
Is there a basis for this? Read the article and don’t be shocked.
Where Is A Business Address That is Hidden Not Really Hidden? Google Places
Last March, Google introduced the ability to hide the address for at home and service businesses that do not want clients driving to their locations. At the time, the feature, while useful, also managed to hide your business listing deep in the index. With the rollout of Places Search in October, the feature became more useful as your listing would now show on the new local organic blended results (although still not in the traditional 7-Pack).
One of the reasons that some SMB’s choose to hide their address is that they don’t want the security risk of exposing their home address. Be warned however, that there is “leakage” in the data and it is still possible to…
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