October 17, 2009
Don’t Trust The Internet To Get It Right!
Periodically we do a search for our own company, Lakenetwork.net, to see where it is turning up in the search engines.
Horror of horrors! Last time we looked, we found that some of the search engines and sites are displaying the wrong web site address. They are sending people to www.lakebusinessjournal.com, which was our very first client back in 2005, rather than our own site, www.lakenetwork.net.
Thankfully, we are displayed correctly on the two largest search engines, Google and Yahoo. And our paid listings in the AT&T family such as Yellowpages.com, which we control, are also correct.
But the third largest search engine, Bing.com, somehow picked up the wrong information.
It looks like the culprit is Citysearch.com, one of the places that Bing gathers its information.
Although it is relatively easy to change information on these listings such as addresses and your company’s products and services, we’ve learned that changing the web site address is a different kind of animal.
We have submitted online requests to both Citysearch and Bing with no luck so far. As you have probably guessed, we’ve not been able to make contact with a single human being on the other end.
We are having a similar problem with the listings for our church, which has the same name as a church in Oregon. Guess where Yahoo directs people, in spite of our best efforts to change it? Oregon, of course. At least Google got it right.
It’s unfortunate that wrong information on the Internet spreads virally–like the worst kind of gossip.
We’ll keep you posted and let you know when we’ve had success in changing our information. Meanwhile, here are two bits of advice:
1. Do a search in Google, Yahoo and Bing for your company name, your products, your market area and so forth to see if people are getting the correct information.
2. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!
Lakenetwork is a family-owned business providing website design and development for companies, professionals and organizations in the Cleveland, Ohio area and beyond. We specialize in providing the most cost-effective and appropriate solutions for clients’ online needs. We are located in Eastlake, Ohio.