Bruce Clay Inc. is offering a new alpha service called "Local Paid Inclusion," which will offer free top organic search rankings in local listings on Google, Yahoo and Bing.
The official site describes the service as:
Local Paid Inclusion is a Google, Yahoo and Bing contracted service and is offered as an approved official program in cooperation with those search engines.
Local Paid Inclusion promotes a local business' profile page, like those found in Google Places, Yahoo Local and Bing Local, into a top position on the search result page for up to 30 keywords per profile page.
This is a NEW program offered by Google, Yahoo!, Bing and 18 other major directories and indexes that places a business profile into a premium area above all other local profiles. Combine this with all of your other optimization programs to maximize your traffic.
What this means is local businesses that participate can essentially pay for the top local ranking position!
The site offerd follwing pricing:
|Physical Addresses||Monthly Cost||Cost Per Call|
Universal Business Listings's Doyal Bryant, (the company working with LPI program) that the service is on hold, at the very least until next week, while the organizations test and troubleshoot. Howerver, later UBL denied any association with articles and news reports.
"Universal Business Listing denies any association with articles and news reports about a "paid inclusion" business listing service. The company has made no such announcements or claims, particularly in regards to Google. It has no product announcements pending."
"Bruce Clay Inc is a reseller of UBL's existing business listing syndication service and is not currently testing any new service from our company," stated Bryant.
Both Google and Bing strongly deny any such program is in development:
"We are not working on any program that enables a site to pay to increase ranking in organic search results," according to a Google spokesperson.
"Bing is not working on the Local Paid Inclusion program and would not consider giving preferential treatment to advertisers in organic search results," according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
Now, the official site of "Local Paid Inclusion" is also not working and returing a "404 page not found: error."
However, the sites page are still available in Google cache: (click to enlarge)