I'm not a professional web developer...it's just a hobby for me. I'm helping a friend change their hosting. His company is currently paying a company to host his site. He also has an SEO agreement with this same company. His office manager told me that this SEO contract helped his business to directly change the Google search results for his business. It's complicated??? Please bear with me on this long question!
My friend's business had joined a partnership with another business, but then they parted. However it seemed that the other business was able to retain all of the Google search engine rights and my friend was unable to separate the name of his business from the former business. Even though they had different business names, addresses, websites, and phone numbers, if someone searched for his name or his business name, his website link still pointed to the other business. This was over a year ago and I remember trying to contact Google to make the listing correct, but it never happened. Then my friend created a SEO contract with the hosting company and the information all changed to the correct information on Google. Is it possible that the company paid Google to change things? Or was it just chance and time for things to be made correct? Or is there another mechanism to do this?