Google will no longer be showing Places listings that are not updated by February 21, 2014. That is why you need to act fast to ensure all of your listings are not sent to oblivion by the Google Places Team.
Earlier this month, Google started sending out emails asking business owners to update their listing information. You may have already received the email below:
Due to changes in Google Maps, we’d like to inform you that unless you review and confirm the information in your Google Places account, we will no longer be able to keep and show it to Google users after February 21, 2014.
If you wish to keep your listing active, follow these three easy steps:
1. Log in to your Google Places account
2. Review and update your information
3. Click the “Submit” button
The Google Places Team
We confirm that this is NOT a scam, but is indeed a legitimate message from Google.
Jade Wang, Google business community manager, explained that the move is part of efforts to improve user experience for people looking for local businesses. She also urged business owners to follow the steps in the mail and review and confirm their business information on Places so that Google can keep showing your listing to users.
“We know this will be a few extra steps for merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your time,” she posted in the Google Help forums.
You Didn’t Get the Email, Nor Did Your Clients
Check the spam folder. Also, we highly recommend you log into your Places accounts and review your information. Update them if necessary. Don’t forget to click “Submit” so your listing reflects the changes. If you want to make changes to your business information but don’t know how to, you can learn more about editing business listings here.
Next Move: Verify Your Listings
What you need to do right now is to ensure that your Google Places business listings are all reviewed, updated, and verified before February 21, 2014.
Log in and go through the Places verification process. What you primarily need is the verification PIN, which Google will send out via phone, SMS, or postcard. Click the link below to learn more about the verification options and see which one is best for you:
Once you have the PIN, you may go ahead and verify your Google Places listing.
New to This?
Please click the link below. Everything you need to know about adding a listing on Google for your local business is here:
If you are still having trouble in updating your information, you can send Google an email explaining your situation.
Time is Ticking
Remember that you need to do this before February 21, 2014. Otherwise, Google will stop showing your listings. We do not want this to happen.
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