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Once again I'm at it with increasing people's local rankings and I've learnt so much about local rankings in the past 2 weeks it feels like my brain is gonna pop anyway, question is fairly simple for someone who engages in local rankings and I appreciate the question may be a little guess work but isn't SEO mostly guessing anyway?

From what I've read and learned that Google works of a system called nap for local rankings (With many other factors but this question is purely based on NAP). For people who care about local rankings NAP stands for Name of Business / Address of Business / Phone Number for Business.

Now what what I've read you don't need the whole NAP to be on one website, a P or just a N can help towards your local rankings. It's believed that NAP rewards more than just P and N for example but knowing Google they might have a diversity checker which is my concern what your get to in a moment.

Now of course sites weight differently where your business is posted, it's certainly going to be more credible if your NAP details are on your national phone book than say a blog site, so taking in this consideration too.

Pure Guess (Not apart of the question but none the less makes a good read on my belief).

Now my guess work would make me believe that the formula would look something like (N)+(A)+(P)x(T)

So (N)name would be 1 or 0 to indicate present or not So (A)dress would be 1 or 0 to indicate present or not So (P)hone would be 1 or 0 to indicate present or not So (T)rust would be 1-100 to indicate level of trust

So a phone number appearing on youtube might look something like 0+0+1x95= 95 and a NAP appearing on your national phone book might look something like 1+1+1x100= 300

Please note that I'm not saying this is the sole factor and I'm sure its way more complex that this with things like other factors on the page, off the page (Reviews, Links, Clicks) and so on but its still a contributor).

The Question

My question is fairly simple and I'd imagine hard to impossible to have an actual definite answer to this but maybe someone has seen official wording else where on this, is it bad to include address or phone number in the Meta Description? The reason I ask is that one of my competitors has these elements in the meta descriptions and their local rankings are absolutely superb, the problem I have with this is scrap bot sites like 'Similar Too' 'Seo Rankings' and 1,000's of the other scrap box networks that scrap site and then make urls with your site information are mostly limited to your meta description what this means that your phone number, address and sometimes even your company name if the domain is exact will appear as AP, and even NAP on thousands of websites.

So, is it a bad strategy to include phone number and address in meta description, everything I read into would suggest its good of course with the downside of maybe lowering quality of description for click thoughts but top rankings would increase this 10 folds anyhow..

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I don't have any direct experience or references, but I've read that getting your phone number and address mentioned many times on the web is great for local SEO. If putting those in your meta description makes that happen, it would seem to be a good strategy. –  Stephen Ostermiller Aug 19 '13 at 11:37
    
Please excuse my dear aunt sally. [ (N)+(A)+(P) ] x (T) This is not an endorsement of this suspect formula; I'm just pointing out that I strongly doubt that much emphasis would've been put of the fact you have a phone #. –  krowe Aug 28 '13 at 13:42

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Althought Google and other search engines index META tags and they more heavily index microdata/micro formats and richdata. So, although it's not bad to have your phone number in your META tags, it's better to have them marked up inline. This also helps Google et. al. to add them to their other services such as maps.

An example of their use from Google's documentation which might help you is:

<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Organization"> 
   <span itemprop="name">L'Amourita Pizza</span> 
   Located at 
   <div itemprop="address" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress">
      <span itemprop="streetAddress">123 Main St</span>,
      <span itemprop="addressLocality">Albuquerque</span>,
      <span itemprop="addressRegion">NM</span>.
   </div>
  <img itemprop="logo" src="http://www.example.com/logo.png" />
   Phone: <span itemprop="telephone">206-555-1234</span>
   <a href="http://pizza.example.com/" itemprop="url">http://pizza.example.com</a>
</div>  
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Hi thanks for taking the time to attempt to answer my question, but I think you miss understood my question. This question has nothing to do with Google mark-up for local business, the question is about site meta information ending up SCRAP sites, not search engines. NAP is essential a backlink without an actual link. –  bybe Aug 20 '13 at 0:53
    
Ok, it's just that your question is tagged google and local-seo. –  Daniël W. Crompton Aug 20 '13 at 0:58
    
NAP is relative to local seo and Google. –  bybe Aug 20 '13 at 10:17
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From the companies I know, and have worked for like European Directories, that enhance their data with scraped data they much prefer their data marked up rather than having to extract NAPT from the page as it makes their lives easier. It also makes things like additional information like: "delivery round the back" or "first floor" easier for them to add to their data. –  Daniël W. Crompton Aug 20 '13 at 10:50

Meta description is not used as a ranking factor by Google. If memory serves, I think they announced that in 2009 and there are Matt Cutts videos that discuss it on YouTube.

That said, it is important for user experience and click through rates so do whatever makes sense in context for your users. Truth be told, a lot of local businesses might prefer if the person didn't click on the result and instead just picked up the phone and called straight from the SERP, which can cause problems if you rely on analytics too heavily in evaluation of effectiveness.

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Meta Descriptions are hugely important. Not only do they inform the visitor what the page is about before clicking it is a huge ranking factor... I think your mistaken for Meta Keywords.... –  bybe Nov 25 '13 at 0:27
    
Can you point me to a Google resource that says they use it as a ranking factor? Not CTR, not 'useful snippet,' but something where they say it is indeed a ranking factor? –  adam-asdf Nov 27 '13 at 9:18
    
You're find that Google is sometimes vague, out dated or just plain not telling the truth. For example in 2009 they said in the last paragraph of them admitting keywords are not a factor and that meta descriptions are not counted either through this is the only post. > googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/… through this is not true. Duplicate meta descriptions do not harm CTR and Webmaster tools actively warns about duplicates. –  bybe Nov 27 '13 at 11:01
    
Google doesn't official admit 99.9% of their ranking factors, and your missing the point of my question... Sites that scrap meta data display that information on detailed page within the body tag, not their own meta ;) –  bybe Nov 27 '13 at 11:04
    
I don't trust that Google fully discloses all ranking factors but 'meta' tags, by definition, aren't on-page content and could easily be used deceptively (e.g. meta keywords) and all the info out there seem to focus on CTR (by humans--which is more important) not ranking (by bots). I used to believe it was a ranking factor, and with 500+ algorithm changes a year, who's to say it isn't? The way I'd approach it is by adding meta descriptions with a phone number to half of my pages (but give equal attention to optimizing the other half) and then see what the results are based on analytics :) –  adam-asdf Nov 29 '13 at 7:50

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