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    Exclamation Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Today Google announced that the New Google Maps is coming out of preview mode.

    That means it will become the default map engine.

    Sure hope Classic maps does not bite the dust.

    The new maps does not work well on several levels for those of us in the local search business.

    1) Duplicate listing research and discovery is much harder!

    2) IMPORTANT - top ranking listings can get TOTALLY HIDDEN on new maps. See the 1st link below.

    3) Map Embed Issues - As the consultant's who have taken my training have learned, the map embed code is different with New Maps and is not as advantageous for Local SEO. So I recommend using Classic Maps for embedding client maps.

    4)Lack of Ranking List - Plus another big issue for consumers (and us) is there is no list of businesses right in the sidebar so you can't see at a glance how listings rank. Plus with new maps, even if you know to click to "see more results" the ranking order there is often totally different than in classic maps. However recently Google did start to show a list of 3 businesses on the map search card - so getting in that 3 pack should be a new goal. (See link below.)

    I encourage all my consultants to either keep one browser with Classic maps OR what I do in Chrome is have both bookmarked so I don't have to revert back and forth in the software. I suggest bookmarking Classic in case the option to revert back goes away.

    Here is the direct link to Classic Maps. Bookmark it so when you are converted to New Maps you'll have it in case it no longer lets you revert back.

    IMPORTANT POSTS (Things that will impact Local Search once this change happens)

    BIGGIE: Hidden Listings, Local Ranking & Algo Changes with the New Google Maps
    (Be sure to view the screen shots!)

    NEW Google Maps Embed Code Sucks for Local SEO - Here is Why

    4 Critical Google Maps Changes that will Impact Local Search

    Duplicate Listings and the New Google Maps

    Google Maps Update - Shifts the Rankings, Impacts Local SEO

    New Google Maps - The Pros Discuss Ramifications for Local SEO

    Google Maps Sprouts a 3 Pack and More YAY!

    Post from Search Engine Land today: New Google Maps Comes Out Of Preview Today
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    re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Oh no! Not sure if I like not having the option to switch between the two anymore. Definitely going to make it harder on us without good ol' classic.

    Off to bookmark the Classic page right now!
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    re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Sorry if anyone just read the post, please read again. I just added a lot of important links to other posts about various issues that will become more prominent now.

    Scott I'm not sure the option to revert to Classic will go away. Only suggesting it's possible and to grab the book mark just in case.

    But even if it still gives you the option it's cumbersome to keep switching back and forth, because there are SOME things, (only a few) that I like to use New Maps for.

    So with both bookmarked right in my browser bar I just click whichever one I need to use, depending on the type of research I'm trying to do.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Thank you for the heads up on this, Linda.

    My gut tells me the option to switch back to classic maps will be around for at least a while still.
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    re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Yes I suspect/hope it will be around for awhile too.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Yecch. It's no secret I hate the new Maps. It's so slow, too.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Linda.

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    Re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Another thing I noticed is you can't search using phone numbers using the new maps which was helpful when searching for additional listings. And maybe you already mentioned that in one of your linked posts.

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    Re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    Thanks so much Robin. Yes true and yes yuck! No phone search, which was mentioned in the Google dupe thread above, but never hurts to mention again because sometimes people skim and miss stuff.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    You mentioned no listing view, but I can see a listing view after you search for something, there is a small list icon "List all Results" Name:  Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 9.20.11 PM.png
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    You can also view listings at this url assuming you add in your keywords where mentioned below

    https://www.google.ca/maps/search/se...goes+here/am=t
    Chris McCreery - Local SEO & Technology Strategist
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    Re: Warning: New Google Maps Coming - Will Impact Local SEO

    I'm still able to access the "old" maps by being logged out. Is that not working for everybody?
    Thank you Linda for the direct link and Chris for the other link - that works too.

    Does the .ca stand for Canada or is that not important in the scheme of things?

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