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    Re: Duplicate listing

    Direct Messaging worked a treat!
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    Re: Duplicate listing

    Oh my gosh.. it's never simple is it.

    I've been informed (by Google) I should switch to a 'brand page'. Can anyone give me a quick heads up on whether that means I'll no longer appear in the 3 pack/local listings? Is a 'brand page' less useful seo/local/traffic wise than a normal listing? Where does a 'brand page' appear in results?

    Thanks in advance

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    Brand pages are useless (in my opinion) and they don't rank in the 3-pack because they aren't connected to Google Maps. I'm really surprised they would suggest that. What type of business is this for?
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    Re: Duplicate listing

    Oh no, so I've just s****** myself.

    It's a service website that doesn't have visitors come to the premises or 'technically' visit customers. Although our service providers do of course visit customers..

    Slightly grey area but the G reply was "our specialists determined that your business is more suited for a brand page than a local service area business page because it appears you conduct your business online and by phone and do not meet customers either at your business location or their location."

    Now I don't know what to do. Argue it? Leave it and hope they forget / don't delete my verified listing?

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    Re: Duplicate listing

    I don't think you'll get anywhere arguing it. Based on what you just said they don't actually qualify for a page on Google My Business.

    "In order to qualify for a local Google+ page, a business must make in-person contact with customers during its stated hours."

    https://support.google.com/business/.../3038177?hl=en
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    Oh well, just have to make the best of it. Everything changes so pointless stressing, maybe brand pages will get more prominence in future

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    Re: Duplicate listing

    as a head's up... from what I've seen, it's not just the 3 pack the brand pages don't show on. You're unlikely to end up with a brand page showing for anything at all, even longer tail business name specific keywords. I have no idea what a Google+ page is even for exactly, given how much they've crippled it... but whatever, if you're stuck with not being able to use a GMB page, I'd forget the brand page entirely too and focus on other things.

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