1. Your website field contains a forwarding URL I dealt with a case last year where I couldn’t figure out why the listing got suspended. Google was able to publicly confirm that it was because the website URL the business was using in Google My Business was actually a vanity URL that forwarded to a different domain. … [Read more...] about Top 9 reasons Google suspends local listings
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Starting today, edits made on Google Maps will no longer be available for moderation on Map Maker. This will allow us to streamline our efforts, speeding up the time for an edit to get published. We will continue posting updates here on the Map Maker Help Forum and on LocalGuidesConnect.com as we bring more features into Google Maps. … [Read more...] about Google retiring Map Maker to speed up the Maps editing process
Google will re-center the listings based on the ones with the strongest signals. So every time I got a batch of listings removed, the entire order and the listings that showed up changed. By the time you read this, the current results probably won’t match what you see in the picture above, since more will likely have been taken down. I went after stronger-ranking listings first when reporting these issues to Google. I’m a firm believer that cheaters shouldn’t get away with it. What these companies are doing is a direct violation of Google’s guidelines. Out of the 23 listings I’ve reviewed so far, 15 were spam and shouldn’t qualify for a listing. As of writing this, 12 of those have been removed, and three are pending removal. Two were real businesses in Toronto that were inserting keywords into their business name. Both have been corrected. Only six were listings that were set up according to Google My Business guidelines. … [Read more...] about Please stop spamming Google Maps!
I was stoked when Chris Silver Smith turned us all on to the potential issues with marijuana and local search last month. As an early dabbler in helping marijuana dispensaries figure out local SEO, I, too, think it’s high time to help marketers recognize the challenges and opportunities in this fast-growing industry. One of the biggest issues I see dispensary marketers confronting is how to get these businesses listed on Google Places. As Chris mentioned, cannabis-related businesses appear to be against Google Places’ guidelines, and there is no category for Medical Marijuana in Google Places’ category menu. But as you can see, dispensaries do show up in local results for medical marijuana-related queries: … [Read more...] about How To Get A Medical Marijuana Dispensary Into Google Places
Postscript (Sept. 14): I am checking further on the entire Google Play situation. It wasn’t something that Athey initially used in any type of qualification in her statement. But I’m as curious as anyone. The terms for the Android source code say that devices that aren’t deemed Android-compatible (something that Google itself decides) aren’t granted access to Google Play: … [Read more...] about Google Doesn’t Require Google Search On Android, Despite What FairSearch & Microsoft Want You To Believe