Google has been automatically upgrading Google Place listings from the old system to the new Google Places dashboard. With this upgrade, there may be conflicts that prevents the upgrade from completing. The latest conflict is that there are duplicate listing issues and Google needs you to step in, fix the issue and then complete the upgrade process. Google has recently began sending out notices of the duplicate place listings conflict via email to those impacted by this issue. The email reads: Jade Wang from Google posted a detailed how to fix this issue in the Google Business Help forums where she summed up the issues two-fold: (1) Your account and another account that you don’t control became verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard. (2) You may have verified the page multiple times using accounts you control. Each has their own method of resolving, which Google has either emailed the business owner or you can read them below in more detail. In one … [Read more...] about As Google Upgrades Google Maps Business Listings, Conflicts Happen Including Duplicate Listing Issues
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Does the name Bryan Seely ring a bell? He’s the guy last year who managed to create fake listings for the US Secret Service and the FBI in Google Maps that some people fell for. Seely did it to demonstrate a weakness with Google Maps, one that still exists and allowed him to recently make another fake listing — this time putting Edward Snowden in the White House. Google Maps Shows Edward Snowden In The White House is our Marketing Land story from yesterday that explains how the listing for “Edward’s Snow Den” was shown by Google Maps to exist within the White House, complete with Google verification. Tonight, Seely got in touch to explain how he did it. Seely claims to have done it, and he’s going to forward proof my way. But after our phone conversation, I have little doubt it was his work. It was a demonstration, he explained, that he put together for a Tedx Kirkland talk he gave last week. The FBI & Secret Service Fake Listings The video of … [Read more...] about How A Long-Standing Google Maps Loophole Let This Man Put Edward Snowden In The White House
Editor’s Note: Since this column was originally published, we’ve received comment from Google on the matter, which we’ve included at the conclusion of the piece. Google recently posted a blog article raving about how it tackled webspam in 2015. The numbers were quite impressive. The webspam team handed out more than 4.3 million manual penalties last year, which must have been pretty labor-intensive. If only they applied the same efforts when it comes to Google My Business (GMB). Currently, the spam situation with GMB is bad. Spam is everywhere — and other than cracking down on the locksmith industry, Google doesn’t seem to be doing much at all about it. Here are the top four ways spam is flooding Google Maps. 1. Improper business names The Google My Business guidelines state the following with regard to business names: Adding unnecessary information to your name (e.g., “Google Inc. — Mountain View Corporate Headquarters” instead of … [Read more...] about Got spam? Google My Business doesn’t care.
Google has created Google My Business, a one-stop shop for small business owners looking to increase their visibility within Google search, Google Maps, and Google+. Users will also be able to access their applications in one place. In order to avoid the need to make duplicate entries while still providing information across all Google products, users will only need to enter their information one time and it will populate into all of Google’s services. TechCrunch reported that to create ease of use and rival Facebook “owners can post news, events, photos and other updates they want shared with customers.” Exploring “Google My Business” Let’s jump right in and take a look at the updates. As soon as you login you will be guided through a tour of the new updates and instructions on how to interact with the platform. Next you will see a screen that houses your basic information that appears on Google+, Google Places, and Google Search. You can quickly … [Read more...] about Google My Business: New Tools for Small Business Owners
A Google My Business profile is an essential for local SEO. It’s free and will enable you to appear in local search results for queries specific to your products or services. Even broad queries with large volumes are now showing local results which is something small business owners can capitalise upon. We’ve been asking SEO experts for their advice on setting up and optimising GMB listings.. The experts are: How important is Google My Business for local SEO? Greg Gifford: GMB is incredibly important, but it’s going to lose prominence now that they’re removing all location information from the GMB listings. There’ll now simply be a social interface (on a social network that no one is using). But – the GMB dashboard still feeds the info to Maps and the Knowledge Box for a business, so it’s still of vital importance to claim your location and fill out your info. Kevin Gibbons: The increased visibility that Google has placed around Google Local … [Read more...] about How to optimize your Google My Business listing: expert tips