Update Google Places Listing Or Lose It
Back in February, Google sent emails to businesses telling them to update their Google Places listing or risk losing it. It turned out that this purge of local listings was aimed at Australian listings only.
True to their word, Google started removing businesses who failed to update their listing from Maps. The fallout from that ongoing fiasco can be seen on several threads in the Google and Your Business Forum – including this one. You’ll find screenshots of the warnings and email content on this thread in the Local Search Forum.
New Edit Information Warnings
Google are currently rolling out these warnings worldwide. Sure enough, I logged in my Google Places dashboard this morning for an end of month check to discover edit warnings on mine and a clients Places listing.
On clicking View Dashboard and clicking through to the listing, a yellow bar warning is displayed prominently at the top of the page.
While the wording and urgency has been toned down from the warnings sent out to Australian businesses in February – action is still REQUIRED. You do need to review your information and click submit or risk Google removing your listing from Maps.
This warning also appears if you manage your listing via Google Plus Local Pages. Again, you must be logged in and editing the business information to see the warning.
In the video below I walk you through both Google Places and Google Plus Local Pages – where to edit the info and click submit.
Google Edit Information Warnings Video
What you need to do now…
1. Log into your Google local listing (via Places or Google Plus)
2. Check for the yellow bar warning.
3. If you have a warning, scroll to the bottom of the page and click submit – even if you have made no changes!
Don’t risk losing your business listing, reviewing your information takes less than 5 minutes – do it now while it’s top of mind.
Don’t forget – I can help you manage your local business listings. Simply get in touch via the contact page.
Over to you…
Have you received a warning on your Google Places listing? Have you reviewed your information yet?Google Places (+Local) Edit Info Warnings [Video] by Jan Kearney