One Authorized Owner Per Business Location
Today a client of mine received an email from Google Places For Business saying,
We’d like to inform you that Google Places no longer accommodates more than one authorised owner per business location. Your account contains one or more listings that have been identified as duplicates of other listings and as a result, some of the information that you provide will not be shown to Google users any more.
To get more information or request access to the other listings, please log into your Google Places account.
To begin, a Google Places for business account is different to a Google+ Local Listing. I was curious as to the differences so I began searching for clarification. To be honest it is all very confusing if you haven’t had anything to do with Google Places.
Google Places for Business was the first on the scene and then came the Google+ Local Listings. This one is great for business owners as customers can write reviews and you can get more social from your Google+ page.
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The purpose for me writing this article is so that I can document the steps in solving the problem, that way when I find the answer hopefully it will make all our lives a little easier. I am also hopeful that anyone who can provide insight might share their findings in the comment section below.
My main concern is that the email says “…Google Places no longer accommodates more than one authorised owner per business location…” As far as we know, no-one is using that address, there is only one business there…a business operating from home.
I am a manager on the Google Plus business page, so does that make it a ‘duplicate’ listing?
I have read so many articles and now a little light has dawned.
Google Places is the ‘old’ and in came the ‘new’ Local Listings, so the merge has created almighty problems for many.
You can contact Google for clarification and assistance, but ultimately the reason there are duplicate issues is because your business is listed twice. One in the old ‘Business Places’ the other in the new Google+ Local Listing.
For my client I can see the problem.
She had a Business Places listing previously and I set up her G+ Business Page and Local Listing. Therefore there were 2 listings for the one address.
In her account there was a big red triangle to ‘Edit’ and verify if the listing was in fact hers. Once she clicked through the simple steps she was happy with the 100% notification that all was complete.
So far so good…but time usually tells doesn’t it? 🙂
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