Today is the day! Finally Google is allowing business owners to verify and merge their existing Google+ business pages with their Google+ Local pages (formerly Google Places pages). Unfortunately, while this isn’t another round of beta testing, it’s also still not a feature available to all business owners just yet. In this post we’ll talk about which businesses still can’t access this feature.
Hot on the heels of Google Places transitioning into Google+ Local last week comes a story from the Wall Street Journal, explaining that the changes are far from over. Or, as Mike Blumenthal put it, “Google+ Local – What Wasn’t in the Announcement Was More Important Than What Was”. Last week’s big announcement didn’t really […]
Formerly the Google Local Business Center, Google Places officially announced their launch on April 20, 2010 and complaints about reviews going missing were common within months. The issues persisted through 2011 and here we are well in to 2012 with the same problems and Google is now saying that *lately* there have been questions in the forums about missing reviews. Nice.
In our recent post “What is Google Places”, we offered a crash course in claiming and optimizing your business’s listing for local search on Google. To help you avoid initiating the creation or claiming of a listing without being fully prepared, we included as many screen shots as possible in an effort to show you all of the available fields you’d be able to fill out when you begin editing your Google Places listing.
After writing yesterday’s post about the recent policy change at Google Places, it occurred to me that many of you may not even know what Google Places actually is. I’d like this post to serve as your introduction in to the world of Google Places and local search optimization.
In the internet age Google Places is arguably one of the most important free tools that all small businesses must take advantage of. But you wouldn’t know it to read Google’s own description:
So you’ve finally started to build an online presence for your business or organization. You’ve probably got a new website, a blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, and you may have even taken the next step and created your Google Places listing. But did you know that you may now be in violation of a major Google Places policy? Whether you’ve already claimed your listing or not, you need to know about this change to prevent your listing from being removed. Over the last several days, the SEO blogosphere has been buzzing about the following, unannounced addition to the Google Places Quality Guidelines.