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    Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Does anyone know why all the areas are highlighted is this clients Google+ account?
    I havent seen this till today. I just didnt know if there is something I need to worry about?



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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    I've never seen this. Is it highlighted only when you are logged in?

    ---------- Post Merged at 06:40 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 06:34 PM ----------

    I just checked a listing that I had made edits to the address. The edits were not approved and the address is highlighted just like in your example. So maybe it's due to unapproved edits??
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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    I've never seen this. Is it highlighted only when you are logged in?

    ---------- Post Merged at 06:40 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 06:34 PM ----------

    I just checked a listing that I had made edits to the address. The edits were not approved and the address is highlighted just like in your example. So maybe it's due to unapproved edits??
    That would make sense cause the address is missing the #113 number and it wouldnt approved the edits, but I never edit the name or phone number and ther still highlighted. Hmmmmm

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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    I never do any G+ editing but just logged into my own account and in edit mode all the same areas are highlighted except the map. Isn't it just highlighting the areas you can edit?

    FYI I looked at live listing and don't see any problems. Except should not repeat the city they are in - in description. I always thought it could cause a ranking penalty and then Mike recently mentioned yes, 10 point ranking penalty.

    Now I strongly believe you should not repeat the city that's in their address field in dash. I 'think' mentioning the next city over is maybe OK. So think you could say "serving the local area including Bradenton", just don't repeat Sarasota.

    Since you've merged this listing, you were aware that you now should not do any edits in Places dash right? Just mentioning because many folks don't know that.
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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    The example I looked at had the address highlighted but the description was not.
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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    I never do any G+ editing but just logged into my own account and in edit mode all the same areas are highlighted except the map. Isn't it just highlighting the areas you can edit?

    FYI I looked at live listing and don't see any problems. Except should not repeat the city they are in - in description. I always thought it could cause a ranking penalty and then Mike recently mentioned yes, 10 point ranking penalty.

    Now I strongly believe you should not repeat the city that's in their address field in dash. I 'think' mentioning the next city over is maybe OK. So think you could say "serving the local area including Bradenton", just don't repeat Sarasota.

    Since you've merged this listing, you were aware that you now should not do any edits in Places dash right? Just mentioning because many folks don't know that.
    Thanks for your advice about the listing Ill take it out.
    I did stop doing edits in Places the only one I tryed to do is move my categories around because the Local page only showing two categories insteed of all five so I was trying to get them to show up. Do you know how to get them to show up?
    Thanks Linda

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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    The example I looked at had the address highlighted but the description was not.
    All my areas were highlighted like his. BUT forgot to mention I also did have the notice that some edits were not approved. BUT I have not edited anything so no idea what that's about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Except should not repeat the city they are in - in description. I always thought it could cause a ranking penalty and then Mike recently mentioned yes, 10 point ranking penalty.
    Hmmm, there's an exception to every rule. Was researching something totally diff. Found a Chiro ranking #1 who has city, state twice and still ranks.

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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Quote Originally Posted by dboi941 View Post
    I did stop doing edits in Places the only one I tryed to do is move my categories around because the Local page only showing two categories insteed of all five so I was trying to get them to show up. Do you know how to get them to show up?
    Thanks Linda
    I rarely see listings with more than 2 categories displaying. One thing I have noticed is that the listings that I have seen with 5 categories showing have all been pre-selected categories, nothing custom. And they usually don't match up exactly with what's in the places dashboard.

    Another thing I noticed is that the primary category on Map Maker usually displays on the G+ Local page.
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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Yes Google stopped showing all the cats. I posted about it right after it happened. Often only one shows so you are lucky to have 2.

    She still reads them and you still rank for them. You can prove this by searching maps for city + one of the cats that's not showing. Then you'll see that cat listed there in map search. So it's just a display issue that the other cats don't show on the G+L listing.
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    Re: Highlighted Areas in Google+ Local?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Yes Google stopped showing all the cats. I posted about it right after it happened. Often only one shows so you are lucky to have 2.

    She still reads them and you still rank for them. You can prove this by searching maps for city + one of the cats that's not showing. Then you'll see that cat listed there in map search. So it's just a display issue that the other cats don't show on the G+L listing.
    Yes I have done that and I do see ranking for all cats but the two that show I rank 1st page and the 3 cats that dont show are on page 8 or 9. IDK if thats the cause or if I need to do more work for the other keywords/Cats. Its odd because I have done tons of work for "Air Conditioning" and it ranks poor and does not show cat in + Local but "HVAC Contractor" does show as a cat and I have done no work for it as far as website goes or linking and its on first page. I think it does matter if they show or not because of that, I may be wrong thats just what I have experienced with it.

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