Let me start off by apologizing to those who landed here in search of the solution to a Localeze error. There is no help here, but you now know you are not alone.
I think every Internet user is aware of the vast volume of information available through the major search engines. Most of us are used to digging through pages of relevant or semi-relevant search results to get what we want from the query we entered in. On the other hand it is very surprising, if not shocking, when a query we expect to be fairly common produces no results. Nada.
I was wrapping up an exciting (sarcasm) afternoon of link/citation building for some of my SEO clients. This is a fairly common task, I’m sure is performed on a regular basis by hundreds, if not thousands, or people throughout the world. In trying to claim a listing on the site of a major data provider, Neustar/Localeze, I ran into an error: “This business identity could not be understood.” Fair enough. I get errors when trying to claim listings all the time. Probably more often than not. The directories and data providers don’t appear to put a lot of effort into quality web development, especially for the FREE listings. I tried this again on various listings that were available to claim, and got the same error over and over again.
So, the next step is to search the error, and find out if there is a solution, rant, or other comment to let me know if I should try to solve the problem, or just move on. So first is, or course, Google:
No results. Clicking on the “without quotes” version, or adding “localeze” at the end resulted in nothing useful. So next up is Yahoo. I know – search provided by Bing, but I hate Bing.
Even worse than Google, Yahoo doesn’t even tell me there are no results. I have to dig through the irrelevant garbage myself.
The same as Yahoo, but worse. Related searches? Nice.
As a last resort, it’s time to Duck, Duck, GO!
OK. Now I believe there are no results and the big boys aren’t conspiring to hide this valuable information from me. The question remains, if there are no results, why does a blog post on Localeze come up first? Don’t say “The Knowledge Graph.”
Moral of the story: Forget the Localeze listing (for now). Have a solution? Please post a comment.