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    Question Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    What are the benefits of merging/verifying your Google+ Local page and Google+ Business page.
    AND should you bother to try to do it yet or wait???

    Phil Rosek just did a great post highlighting some of the unique benefits available to you, if you've already merged/verified. Then in comments Mike Blumenthal, Phil and I all weigh in on whether you SHOULD merge if you have not yet. (Guess what we all advise...)

    Low-Hanging Fruit on Google+Local Pages | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

    Some business owners have decided not to bother “upgrading” manually and choose instead to wait until Google finally rolls out the upgraded version for everyone automatically.

    But here’s why I’m writing: extremely few business that have access to the (relatively) new bells and whistles have actually been using them.

    There are 3 Google+Local features I’ve seen few to no businesses use. I consider them low-hanging fruit because they’re easy to put into action and benefit from.
    Go read the rest and also read the comments from Mike and I.

    As Mike and I both pointed out, the ability to add videos is another PLUS that should be highlighted.

    The other major benefit to merging that I said should be mentioned, is the ability to POST updates. We lost that feature on the old G+L pages, plus there updates were limited to 160 characters.

    Now with the fully merged and upgraded pages businesses can essentially do full blog posts right on their page, complete with links and product images. I think this is a BIGGIE! (Just added that comment, not approved yet.)

    Still with all the benefits of merging, all the cool bells and whistles and yes, the low hanging fruit... if you have NOT merged yet - should you???

    All 3 of us advise waiting in most cases. It's still pretty buggy and can result in unknown consequences sometimes, with as yet unknown solutions. (Like the 500 errors that have been dragging on for weeks without a fix.)

    But if you have already merged and everything is working, then all the features Phil talks about are def ones you should be taking advantage of!

    Have you merged any listings yet? If so, how's it going?
    Considering merging? Has this post helped you decide which way to go?
    Or are you more confused now than ever???
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Hey Linda, thanks again for stopping by the blog, and for the post here!

    Great observations, as always.

    I'd be really interested in whether you and anyone else here at the Forum have noticed that weird "missing tab" phenomenon (the "Videos" tab not showing up, even on "upgraded" Google+Local pages - leaving a total of only 3 tabs).

    P.S. The Censorship Ministry at LocalVisibilitySystem.com has approved your comments

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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post
    I'd be really interested in whether you and anyone else here at the Forum have noticed that weird "missing tab" phenomenon (the "Videos" tab not showing up, even on "upgraded" Google+Local pages - leaving a total of only 3 tabs).

    P.S. The Censorship Ministry at LocalVisibilitySystem.com has approved your comments
    Oh, I meant to comment on that too. That's the 1st time I've seen a 3 tab listing. WEIRD! Bug I assume or who knows...

    Tell the Censorship Ministry over there thanks for approving my comments.
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Great post, Phil!

    I'm curious to see what modifications to Google's Quality guidelines will be made with the new merged pages. In particular I'm assuming they will address the new social features.

    Or am I over thinking things?
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Not noticed any "3 tab" listings yet but will keep an eye out.

    So far we've only upgraded one of our clients and there have been a few bugs. There was an issue with the phone number format, which took about 4-5 weeks to resolve. Now we can't make any edits as it sends us to a 500 Error page.

    The benefits could be great if used to the max, but the bugs are kind of annoying. Six of one and half a dozen of the other, as we say.
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    I'm curious to see what modifications to Google's Quality guidelines will be made with the new merged pages. In particular I'm assuming they will address the new social features.

    Or am I over thinking things?
    Can't over-think things when it comes to Google Local, the guidelines OR the unwritten rules. There will be consequences to your social actions...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Rink View Post
    So far we've only upgraded one of our clients and there have been a few bugs. There was an issue with the phone number format, which took about 4-5 weeks to resolve. Now we can't make any edits as it sends us to a 500 Error page.

    The benefits could be great if used to the max, but the bugs are kind of annoying. Six of one and half a dozen of the other, as we say.
    Thanks Nick - yep lots of pros and cons no matter how you cut it!
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Can't over-think things when it comes to Google Local, the guidelines OR the unwritten rules. There will be consequences to your social actions...
    It would be sweet if they make the guidelines a tad more obvious. Although it can be fun trying to read between some of the lines. Picture Robert Langdon trying to decipher The Da Vinci Code
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    It would be sweet if they make the guidelines a tad more obvious.
    Ahhh, but that would take all the excitement out of the game!
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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    @Colan
    Thanks for your compliments! Yeah, I also have no idea when the GQG will be updated (I’m assuming it’s a question of “when,” not “if”). One would hope that they address the dos and don’ts in a clear and timely manner, but that might be asking a bit much. As we all know, Google can be like the surgeon who hurries to stitch up his patient and then wonders “Geez, where did I put my scalpel and that pack of gum?”

    @Nick
    Interesting intel. I hadn’t heard about the 500 error until you mentioned it and until Mike posted on it today. I’m sure there’s a post to be had on the other of “the few bugs” you mention!

    @Linda
    Amen to “Can’t over-think things”!

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    Re: Google+ Local MERGE or Wait? + Benefits of Verifying Google+ Business Page

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post
    @Nick
    Interesting intel. I hadn’t heard about the 500 error until you mentioned it and until Mike posted on it today. I’m sure there’s a post to be had on the other of “the few bugs” you mention!
    Phil here's the main 500 error thread at the G forum that's been a sticky at top of forum and is filled with problem reports ever since Aug 15th. 500 Error when trying to verify social local Google+ page? Sometimes it happens when verifying and sometimes it happens just when trying to manage the page.
    I added a link to Kaleh's tips in that thread earlier too.
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