Is the scenario above familiar? Have you found your business or yourself in the same situation?
Have you experienced one of the following?
- Google maps do not reflect the changes made to your business listing.
- Business address on Google maps is incorrect.
- Maps show the old business name of a business you’ve purchased and changed the name.
- Your business is listed in the wrong category
- Contact details have changed
If you’ve had one or more of the following scenario, Keep Reading!
Hours of despair and frustration could be saved with this possible solution.
Possible solutions that may just help fix the issue:
If you thought that Google Places was broken and you can’t do anything about it, you are in for a big surprise. Here’s a step by step guide that may help fix the problem:
- Be sure that you have updated your Google places listing. Double check things if necessary.
- If the listing on Google Places is okay, make sure your website displays the correct address and contact details.
- If a Google Map is embedded on your site, check the map and make sure it is also correct and directs to the new address.
- Check your listings in other directories like Hotfrog, Yellow Pages, True Local, Start Local etc. Make sure your business name, address and contact details are consistent. If they aren’t you are going to need to get in touch with those directories and fix them.
- If you’ve tried everything and the places listing still hasn’t changed - go to Google mapmaker. Type in your business name in the search bar and check to see that your business does not have multiple listings in Google maps.
- If you see multiple listings – BINGO! Congratulations you have just found the issue. Navigate to the incorrect listings and click on the edit link.
- You will have the option to move the location, edit or delete (and even report).
- Login to your Google account first to edit any incorrect listings and delete any multiple listings (if you have multiple listings, then it’s probably one of these that’s causing the issue)
- Wait for a reviewer to review the listing (and hopefully approve it).
- If you want to speed up the process, ask a couple of locals to review the listing for you.
- Wait! Once your listing has been reviewed you should receive a notification to confirm the changes. Congratulations! Months of frustration are nearly solved. Get ready to pop out the champers!
Want to take your maps listing to the next level?
If you want to take your maps listing to the next level, you can also display a picture of the inside of your business in Google Maps.
How? You can work with a Google Trusted photographer. You can find out at Google Maps Business View.
For a teeny tiny fee ($500 plus), you can hire a Google Photographer to photograph your business so potential customers can see your business on Google Maps.
It would greatly benefit businesses like hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations or even gymnasiums.
So what are you waiting- get cracking and fix your listing in Google Maps today!
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