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    Exclamation Merged Hidden Address Service Area Business - Should Not Have

    NOTE from Linda: All these posts were split off from the general discussion thread about this issue here: http://localsearchforum.catalystemar...important.html

    Dang another set back for me I created my page on google plus to begin with (postcard verification) and then did a phone verification for a traditional google places business listing. Do you think if I delete my plus page my secondary traditional places will go away?

    Really just wan't to make sure I play by the rules but it gets so complicated! Definitely do not want to get suspended.

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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    Hi WineCountryCarpetCleaning,

    There is a slight chance you are OK. Since you created your G+ page 1st, I'm thinking they possibly are not merged. Do you have 2 separate pages or 1 combo page?

    If not crystal clear (it's confusing) please give us a link so we can check and make sure you don't take a misstep, which is easy to do these days.
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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    I do have the two google+ buttons, but they definitely just both go to google+ pages. The one on the left that normally would go to a places page goes to my google+ page but it opens the "about" tab. The one on the right opens up the social stream "posts" tab.

    With google local I never feel very secure, but in this circumstance I do feel like it might work out (fingers crossed) because I don't think they need to be merged (their is only one)

    I would really hate to give up google+ because I see a lot of opportunity with the social aspect and the fact that they are indexed and linkable.

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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    Quote Originally Posted by WineCountryCarpetCleaning View Post
    I do have the two google+ buttons, but they definitely just both go to google+ pages. The one on the left that normally would go to a places page goes to my google+ page but it opens the "about" tab. The one on the right opens up the social stream "posts" tab.

    With google local I never feel very secure, but in this circumstance I do feel like it might work out (fingers crossed) because I don't think they need to be merged (their is only one)

    I would really hate to give up google+ because I see a lot of opportunity with the social aspect and the fact that they are indexed and linkable.
    Based on what you are explaining it SOUNDS like they are merged which is a problem. Thing is, if you are not in compliance and they DELETE you, you wont have anything. If you care to share I'd like to view to be sure because it's sometimes hard understand for sure based on what someone explains plus there are sometimes hidden things you would not know to look for.
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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    I am on the ipad right now, but I will post a link when I get home. I looked into it a bit this morning and I do not think it will honestly be a problem. Even though the places page turns up two google+ links they both go the same google+ profile

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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    But that's what I'm saying. It sounds like they are merged into 1 which is not allowed.

    I'll be leaving soon to have Christmas with family so you can just post tomorrow.
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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    Here is a link to the google+ page https://plus.google.com/101336389556...90/about?hl=en i believe this is the one that comes up when you click on what would normally be the places link.

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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    Yes that's definitely a merged/verified page, the type that in my 1st post Google is talking about. Since the address is hidden, as it should be, Google says you should delete the + page. To be honest, I'm not sure what happens if you don't but I wouldn't risk it.

    Plus you know that since they are merged, you should not edit in the Places dash, right? Once you delete the + page though you can.
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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    Wasn't aware of the fact that I shouldn't edit the page in places. I have definitely done that, went in and entered all of my information in the places dashboard.

    Do you think my places listing will go away once I delete the plus page though? I am afraid that since I created the listing through plus, and did a phone verification for places that it will be gone when I delete the plus.

    The only reason I am concerned is that it takes about a month to get the postcard and get a page verified for us (not sure why exactly but the postcards just never seem to come the first time)

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    Re: Service Area Business w/ Hidden Address - IMPORTANT UPDATE G+ Business Page Merge

    I've never seen anyone do it backwards like you did.

    The normal scenario for a BRAND NEW listing (where someone did not already have a Place page) and if it was a brick and mortar store for instance that was allowed to have a verified G+ page, all you do is set up a G+ page as local. No need to also set up a separate Place page at that point.

    So everything about the way you did it was unique and kinda wrong. Should not have done verified G+ page to begin with and if you were allowed to, then did not also need to set up a Place page as well.

    Normally most businesses already have a Place page 1st. They set up a G+ Page and then they merge.

    In the recent cases I've seen on the G forum where we are telling people to delete the G+ page it's just fine after they do that. They are just left with the Place page and don't have to re-verify or anything.

    But since you did it backwards I'm not positive what will happen. I would think the 2 pages would disconnect and the G+ page would just go away leaving the Place page BUT since I've never heard of anyone doing it the way you did, I don't think even Google could tell you for sure what will happen.
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