DOES GOOGLE + MAKE THIS HAPPEN???....Please tell me, (if you know)!!!

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DOES GOOGLE + MAKE THIS HAPPEN???....Please tell me (if you know)...I can't see why or how, but when someone Googles Prudential Southampton to get the office phone number---they get me!!!  Now, I am not complaining---just have a lot of my fellow agents asking me things like: "How did you do that?" or " Paula must be paying someone off!"...and various and sundry other not-so-nice remarks...my manager came into my office the other day and said "Are you busy?", and I got so paranoid, thinking: "Is he asking because he thinks I am getting all the up calls?" ....and "I wonder if I can get fired for being the first on a Google search?" Does anyone out there know what is going on? (Not that I want to change it or anything...:)

 
I joined Google + and never gave it another thought--now I just read a post that says that this can happen...Does anyone have any idea why my phone number and my photo (it could not be copied and pasted here) show up like that on Google??? Is it because of Google + or Google Business???
 
Below is a copy of what comes up when you Google prudential southampton, ny. It actually shows my face and photos of local houses....for some reason it shows up differently here but it does have my phone number as the office number. If you click on "write a review" or "place page" it will show exactly what comes up when you Google: "prudentialsouthampton,ny"
 

New York Real Estate | Prudential Douglas Elliman

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New York Real Estate | Prudential Douglas Elliman.  (My photo and direct phone number are here on a Google search)
 
70 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 204-2712
Open Weekdays 9am-5pm; Weekends 10am-5pm
 
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Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Alan and Michele: I am so nervous about it---I have actually turned over to the front desk  person calls that have come in from people who googled to look up the number!! I wish I knwo what is doing it! Maybe it is ActiveRain????

 

Aug 14, 2011 11:53 AM #2
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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I'm not sure I'm 100% following you.  When I google that you do not come up.  (Now of course I'm prob. an hour away from you (via the way a crow flies), so not sure if that's it. Now, if I go to images for the same search, you come up twice on Page 2.

Now, if what you mean is that under the search, it has a tiny pict of you, that's because you +1'd your site.  tHey just started doing this.  This shows up on your search (and I believe anyone else you are connected to on Google +).  It prioritizes the things you've liked and highlights to your social network.

It does not look this wey for others...but you would show up similarly on those you are connected to.

Tomorrow, go on someone else's computer and google it...someone who you are not connected to.  (It might also work if you clear your cache but I forget how to do it).  It's a better bet nonetheless to run on someone else's computer.

Aug 14, 2011 12:21 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Debbie: Well, all I can say is that I have messages all the time that would normally go to the main number--when I ask they say that they Googled prudentialdouglaselliman, or any combo of the name even ellimansouthampton....Did you click on the "write a review"? That blew my mind when I clcked n my post it came up....strange but I am not complaining.

Aug 14, 2011 12:26 PM #4
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Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
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Hmm. I joined Google+ Paula, but don't know much about it. I want to come back to this post,and read some of the comments you get.

Aug 14, 2011 01:50 PM #5
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Doug Rogers
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Still waiting on an invite to join, but it sounds like the Google gods have smiled on you.

Aug 14, 2011 01:55 PM #6
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Paula, that is the strangest thing...i tried myself & nothing comes up like you are experiencing...which i could figure it out...

Aug 14, 2011 02:14 PM #7
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Brenda Mullen
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Pretty cool, it doesn't happen for me, but maybe someday :)!  

Aug 14, 2011 02:21 PM #8
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Scott: Maybe it only happens on my computer---but that's not so because I have had people call me adter they Googled Prudential...it is very strange.

Doug: Scott just above you has some invites---go to this last post and you can take one...Right Scott?

Ginny: It comes up for me all the time and it doesn't matter if I say ellimansouthampton,ny or prudentialsouthampton,ny or prudentialdouglasellimansouthampton, ny...they all produce it. I asked the people wh have called--like maybe 15 or so, and they all say they Googled prudentialsouthampton and got me!Maybe it's a glitch I don't know but as I have sadi before--I am not complaining..

Aug 14, 2011 02:23 PM #9
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Brenda: Have yu joined Google + or Google +1??? I think it is a mechanism that happens only on Google and it has to do with their algorythims maybe???I was hoping someone here on AR coulf tell me how it is happening; maybe someone will eventually. By the way, did you click on the "wirte a review"?  I did and it all comes up on that screen.... 

Aug 14, 2011 02:25 PM #10
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Jean Singleton
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I have no idea - but it's enough to make one consider joining! :-)
Aug 14, 2011 03:46 PM #11
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

What you are seeing may be the ultimate objective of the Google Project.  

     Many believe that Google intends to change SEO as we have known it.  

     In the future, Google Search Results will be based on popularity on Google Plus, and the number of Plus 1 Buttons that have been clicked on posts, websites, and other web content. 

 

***   Paula, would you please post this Blog to the  Google Plus ActiveRain Group?  Thank you.

Aug 14, 2011 05:01 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Jean: You should--I woould love to know if this is a result of Google + or just a fluke--if you find out let me know.

Fred I certainly will---I will join that group after this!!! (Didn't know it was a group--come to think of it, it makes a lot of sense!! :)

Aug 15, 2011 12:29 AM #13
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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Very good problem to have. . I need to devote more time to Google plus myself.

Aug 15, 2011 01:13 AM #14
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Paul...

Google uses ALL search results to decide who gets the "place" placement!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Aug 15, 2011 01:14 AM #15
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Paula you've been an active blogger forever.  I'm surprised that you're surprised by this.

Aug 15, 2011 01:32 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Fernando: You should--I didn't do anything but join1

Richard: Thank you! I guess you are saying I got the "Place" ...Does that mean that people are looking for Prudential, Southampton or me??? (just kidding!)

Charita: I am surprised by this--I have no idea how Google + works --Do you??? If you do, please share here what you know....

Aug 15, 2011 01:45 AM #17
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Wow....I want that to happen here!   LOL    It is a fun benefit...I agree with Charita...I think it is because you are higher in the search engines with your name and company name!   very interesting though!!!

Aug 15, 2011 05:05 AM #18
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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Paula I have been getting cas o my personal line aking forr directions to the office .I have not checke but I wonder if this is why?

Aug 15, 2011 08:21 AM #19
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Deborah: I think you are right....It just has me so surprised and happy!

Hannah: That's how it happened with me--I was getting generic calls when the person who was on the other end of the liine acted like they had no idea who they were calling and that's what gave me y first clue to ask..."how did you get this number?" and they told me each time that they googled Prudential......in Southamtpon!!!

Aug 15, 2011 09:40 AM #20
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David__Go for it! It can't hurt--it may be that because this is a small market place, my info i s right on top---bu tgo for it!! Good luck...

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