Transitioning from Google Places to Google+ Local

5 Oct 2012 | written by Kristian Gali for the local internet marketing, Local Maps section(s)

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Google is constantly changing its algorithms and platforms. What once was a new phenomenon is now old news. On May 30, 2012, Google officially announced the merge from Places to Google+ Local. Eighty million Places pages that were once part of Google Places Maps were converted to Google+ Local pages.

So now the question is what does Google+ Local offer that Google Places does not?

  • If you log into your Google+ you will see 2 different page tabs: a Google+ page for your actual business and a Google+ Local page for your business location
  • Similar to Facebook, you can now add managers to your Google+ Local pages
  • You can claim and verify a page based on a name, address, and phone number
  • You can add your Google+ Local page to your circles of friends, acquaintances, and other circles
  • Zagat reviews are taking over the rating system for a more optimized, unique, and trusted rating

Here are some of the benefits

  • Better visibility in the search engine results pages
  • More unique reviews to your business
  • Better paid search results (2 ads in one)
  • A platform of organization
  • Ultimately being favored by Google

Here are some of the possible cons

  • Many profiles that have moved from Places to Google+ have unverified locations
  • Duplicate pages with Network Access Protection information most likely don’t get verified
  • As of this moment, there is only one user email that can claim and verify a listing at a time (so the process to claim a listing can only happen once)

If you haven’t yet created and optimized your Google+ Local page, it’s imperative that you do so. In Google search results, Google+ pages are favored over other social media pages. Creating a Google+ profile for your business will enable you to share your location, prove credibility, and reach local customers.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  • Dan Garfield |   Oct 5th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I was at a conference last week with a Google Places rep and he didn’t have an ETA on a transition process for moving from Google Places to Google+ pages. Google is currently asking businesses with Places pages to wait until there is an official transition path.

    For all new businesses though Google+ Local is great!

  • Kristian Gali |   Oct 10th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Yes Google plus local is definitely getting ironed out more. It was a little hard to get used to at first with versification and pending statuses merging into completion.

    But things are definitely looking up for +local now!

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