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Aaran Guesthouse on Weymouth Beach
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Georgian seafront holiday hotel with spectacular views from every room and great breakfasts
Georgian seafront holiday hotel with spectacular views from every room and great breakfasts

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AGAIN, google my business decided to change our business name from "Aaran Guesthouse" to "Aaran". This is 1 day after they decided a clearly fake malicious review should stay! Bit of a coincidence that, isn't it?
Recall, they also changed our street address, listed ouf website unnaturally low until bing listed us higher, steadfastly refused to honour their own guidelines to prefer https pages for a year, still only index the 3 pages which are NOT mobile-friendly, appear to ignore 301 redirects and rel=canonical tags, closed all our google accounts because we complained about the fake review, and so on.
We read there are over 200,000 complaints about fake google reviews and their own top contributors are most scathing about google's abject failure to police their review system adequately. One has even declared he is so sick of google's dismal review performance he is not going to answer review queries again!
We alsio read there are court cases pending against google for publishing fake reviews in America and that publishing is a criminal offence here in Britain.

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To followers and guests of Aaran Guesthouse - our website https://www.aaranguesthouse.com has been secure for nearly 12 months but we are still having problems getting google to index the pages, despite having 301 redirects in the htaccess file and rel+canonical tags on all the appropriate pages. Instead, anyone searching for Aaran Guesthouse is likely to be sent to old pages with the http protocol and get a warning about "insecure connection". These old pages have not existed for a year so google should not be indexing them or serving them up to visitors!
Last week, google indexed 3 of our pages, but not the landing page or sitemap or contact page, etc. Two of these pages were last crawled 11th May and one 27th May. ALL our pages have identical tags and redirect protocols so they should ALL have been indexed in the same way. Yesterday, our sitemap file was indexed although it is a file and not a page. The sitemap file is there to point google to the pages to be indexed.
Frankly, we are baffled - and that's not to mention google changing our business name, street address, refusing to take down an obviously fake malicious review, not listing us appropriately until rivals bing listed us and so on....
We know google have millions of pages to deal with every day but we worry when we see stuff like the above. They are not picking us out for "special treatment" so how many other small businesses are suffering like this?
Go onto forums and find out! It's 100,000's apparently, mostly from fake reviews and the like. Oh well! Modern living!

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Tried to upload 9 photos but dear old google would only let me do 1. Anway, today we have a Vintage Car Rally on the Pavilion forecourt, just 50 yards from +Aaran Guesthouse.
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Attended the AGM of Weymouth Hoteliers Guesthouses and Leaseholders Association (WHGLA) yesterday, held at The Berkeley Hotel on the Esplanade (a very fine venue!) Speakers included Kirsty Gatehouse, a PCSO explaining the Hotel Watch Scheme, Ed Warr, the Weymouth Town Centre Manager, explaining plans to improve the appearance and attractiveness of the resort and Claudia Moore, COO of Weymouth BID, outlining the BID's business plan for developing tourism in Weymouth. It felt a little strange after 8 years as a Committee member to be on the audience side of events. New Chairperson Karen Harris is doing a marvellous job and we all have high hopes for the future.
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The more research one does about google, the more one finds questionable behaviour and shortcomings on a truly global scale.....

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Attended Purple Flag kickstart meeting today, at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council offices. Loads of movers and shakers there, with plenty of great ideas, to make Weymouth safer and more welcoming at night - with huge potential benefits to local businesses and visitors alike.
Just imagine, say, 5% more turnover on the existing £120million gross annual tourism income - well worth the effort! Fingers crossed it takes off!
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PRS for Music chase small businesses for playing music in public, never mind if that is in the privacy of your guesthouse room, regardless of stated intent to not chase small businesses, despite PPL agreement not to harass small guesthouses below 12 rooms - how can they have the sheer cheek to allegedly support #smallbizsaturday ! They are the enemies of small business! Instead, they support the super-rich music mega-moguls and twist and torture the law to do it. Would you book a hotel room if you had to allow any stranger off the street into your room any time they choose - just because PRS claim it is a public place? Really? Time to clip their wings and say - if you are not a music promoter or a music venue and you pay ypur tv licence then that is enough. Why pay 2 oor 3 licences for the same music? It is plain ridiculous - and greedy.

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This is the photo that should have accompanied our post about FreeToBook xxxx
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We just added a Facebook- App from FreeToBook on our FB page. We like FreeToBook, mainly because the diary is so much easier to use than, for example, booking.com but also because they do not charge massive commissions on bookings and dictate how you should run your own business. We also dislike the way booking.com "peak" interest by falsely claiming fewer rooms are available, or prices are 70% lower than they really are and so on. Anyway, we hope visitors will find our site and book the simple and easy way - directly with us (less hassle and 10% off for 2 or more nights booked by phone).
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Kite surfing in Weymouth Bay - spectacular and so easy to get up close - just a short stroll from +Aaran Guesthouse
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