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    Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    I've been noticing that duplicate listings don't seem to come up in the new Google Maps. At least not in the same way. The method for finding duplicates will need a little tweaking with the new Maps.

    It appears that only one of the duplicates will actually appear in the "Info Card" that appears in the top left hand corner of the screen when you search for a phone number, even if the business has duplicates.

    In order to find the duplicates you need to shift your attention to the map itself to see if the duplicates are appearing, you may even need to zoom into the map a little in order to have them show-up

    Has anyone else played around with duplicates on the new Google Maps?

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    I've mostly kept my new Maps in shrink-wrap Haven't played around with it much yet.

    Methinks you could do a nice, quick blog post on how to find duplicates in the new Maps.

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    In order to find dupes in new maps you need to do the search in the new places search, where the search use the new maps but you have all results listed, works 100%.

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Quote Originally Posted by gurubest View Post
    In order to find dupes in new maps you need to do the search in the new places search, where the search use the new maps but you have all results listed, works 100%.
    Thanks. Can you elaborate a little. Are you referring to the list of results that comes up when you click "Go To List Of Top Results" from the Google Maps page?

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Yes when you click "Go To List Of Top Results" from the Google Maps page you are sent to places search via new Maps, there you can find all dupes you have when you search by phone. There are few other ways to go at that search you can pm me for the details.

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Got it. Interesting, great tip

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    GREAT topic Colan!

    Quote Originally Posted by gurubest View Post
    In order to find dupes in new maps you need to do the search in the new places search, where the search use the new maps but you have all results listed, works 100%.
    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    Thanks. Can you elaborate a little. Are you referring to the list of results that comes up when you click "Go To List Of Top Results" from the Google Maps page?
    Hmmm at 1st I thought he meant local search in G+. But then he said no click "Go To List Of Top Results" but that does not work for me.

    I plugged a phone into old maps for a Dentist I found that has dupes. 5 listings showed up. When I plug phone into NEW maps only the main listing shows up. (Even though it looks like 2 are claimed.) Zooming in I can't find the dupes.

    No matter what I try I can't get "Go To List Of Top Results" to show. It does not give me options or search results or filters at all. If I plug in the number OR Dentist + address it still thinks I'm looking for that one listing so that's all it shows me. There's no option to see more it only shows that main info card.

    Ahhh figured out how to get rid of his info card to see Top Results. Click anywhere on map. Then yes it takes me to 4. But not to all 5 which the old maps showed me. (The 5th was Dr with diff # but the old maps still found it and showed me.)

    In the process of doing the above on the new maps, when I could not get to Top Results, I tried "Local" search in G+ and it gave me the same 4 results in the same order. HOWEVER there were a couple differences.

    Screen shots below show why G+ search may be best to use for dupe discovery.


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    In this view you can at least see the 1st category and the fact that #4 was marked closed.
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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    That's another great tip, Linda! This is turning into a doozy of a thread!!

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Hey Linda,

    I think searching in Old Maps is still the most accurate way (a phone # search). Using that example, I found a 5th listing that didn't pull up on your print shots. Same address, but different phone number. Still could cause some ranking issues though.

    How I did this > click the gear on the top right corner, click "Classic Maps", then do the phone number search and make sure (as always) you click to view all results. Another way is to just go here: https://maps.google.ca/maps?ie=UTF8

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    Re: Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Yep agree Joy, old maps is best.

    I was assuming that once the new maps fully rolled out, the old maps would be gone. So that's why I was exploring alternate methods. Sure hope classic maps remains an option.

    Right now I'm set with both. I still have old on FF and new only on Chrome which I use with a different Google account. So I go back and forth when I need to compare that way.
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