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Google discriminates against small businesses

Google discriminates against small businesses

Part of getting your business seen online is SEO, and an important part of this is getting your business registered with Google my business and Google maps.

Not only have I had to do this for my own business and my wife’s business but it is a service I provide to clients. When it works, this is a simple process, which involves Google sending a postcard to the business address with a code on it, which you then use to verify the business address.

However, sometimes the postcard doesn’t turn up, or some miscreant might report your listing and claim it is fraudulent or misleading and gets it suspended for review, at which point you have to contact Google my business support and request manual verification, which is where things get ridiculous.

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Can you trust Trustpilot, or is it just a big scam?

Can you trust Trustpilot, or is it just a big scam?

It is well known that we, the consumers, trust recommendations coming from peers or fellow consumers much more than we trust what businesses are telling us about them. Therefore the businesses selling social proof are very powerful and they can easily manipulate our thoughts on any brand. Yelp even won a court settlement recently, giving them permission to legally manipulate ratings. Both Yelp and Trustpilot claim that they don’t manipulate the truth, but when you take a closer look at...

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SCAM ALERT: Beware  SkyBlue Education aka Educational Hub aka School Supplies Service

SCAM ALERT: Beware SkyBlue Education aka Educational Hub aka School Supplies Service

beware SkyBlue Education aka Educational Hub aka Edfirst aka School Supplies Service Update: Sept 2022Another name change. School Supplies Services Limited have now changed their name to "SKY BLUE PURCHASING, DEVELOPMENTS AND DESIGN LIMITED" on 9th August 2022, with a new website skyblueeducation.co.ukview name change document Update: Dec 13th 2021I have updated this article from October 2017 to add new info that has come to light.This company is now trading under the name "Educational...

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BTG Home Solutions, another sky scammer

BTG Home Solutions, another sky scammer

Had another couple of calls recently from another one of these scammers selling insurance/cover for your sky box. As usual they pretend they are calling from your existing provider (Sky Protect) and try to trick you into signing up with them. As is usually the case with these scammers, there is no actual service, they just take your money for nothing. In this case they seemed to know that I had not had any problems or made any claims in the last 4 months, and as a result I am now a "low risk"...

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