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Google May Delete Inactive Local Business Listings

Posted on June 5, 2015 by - SEO

If you’re unaware – last June Google rolled out, Google My Business. Not to be confused with Google+ brand pages, Google My Business is a place where you can claim your physical listing on Google Maps, list address, hours, phone number, etc., and garner reviews.

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Google My Business allows for businesses to claim their listing and have a map like this show up in search results.

A Google representative recently posted in the Google and Your Business Help Forum, that inactive Google My Business accounts may be contacted by the company:

“In some cases, we may contact Google My Business users via email to confirm that they are still actively managing a business page. If a user is unresponsive to our attempts to contact him or her and has not logged into Google My Business for a significant length of time, then we may unverify pages in the account. We’re doing this in order to continue to provide users with the best experience when they’re looking for local businesses like yours.”

Managing your Google business listing

Chances are, even if you haven’t done anything to claim or manage your local listing on Google, your business still appears on Google Maps and in Google’s search results. It just doesn’t appear with all the details necessary, and considering the statement above, it may not appear at all if you don’t do anything.

The easiest way to take care of this problem is to contact Thoughtwire and ask about what we call, Hyper Local SEO. This involves claiming your local business listing on Google, displaying your company’s correct addresses, phone numbers, local maps, etc., and consistently optimizing and managing your listing so potential customers can find it easier.

When consumers conduct local searches for say, “businesses near Main Street,” or they directly search for your business, it is essential that your company appears! With information constantly at their fingertips, consumers are conducting local searches more frequently. Your company can’t afford to miss out on their business because of an inactive Google My Business account. Call us today: (800) 367-2570.

Google Gets Local with “My Business”

Posted on June 19, 2014 by - Uncategorized

The bottom line is that the search giant Google wants more businesses online. In order to push, promote and achieve that goal, Google has attempted to merge both local business information and search results with a more social platform like Google+. It is called Google My Business.

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Here’s the sales pitch from Google: “Get your business on Google for free.”

A lot of small businesses want an online presence, but they are sometimes reluctant to launch a digital campaign because they either aren’t educated enough themselves, not sure of what companies or resources to pull on for help and/or haven’t allotted room in their budget for digital marketing.

Google My Business wants to solve all of those problems with a series of simple clicks. For starters, wherever people are using Google products on whatever device, they can find your business. That means crosslinking—when users are on a tablet, smartphone or personal computer, and whether they are conducting a search, on Maps or Google+, your company’s information can appear.

Another selling point is it makes it easier for customers and owners to directly communicate with one another. From Google.com: “Give customers the right info at the right time, whether that be driving directions to your business in Maps, hours of operations in Search or a phone number they can click to call you on mobile phones.”

Lastly, Google My Business allows owners to explain and defend themselves. If there is a negative review, the platform creates a forum to directly engage with consumers.

The future of local listings will once again be tested.