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    Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    One of my clients sells countertops. Five days ago we were listed in the "D" position in the Google places for business. Today we're not ranked.

    So I start digging into why. And now I want to freak out on Google!

    First off, we had two listings. The business owner setup and Google Places For Business page. I came in 6 months ago and created and Google + Business Page.

    Today in my search I noticed that the + business page is actually in the Places for Business dashboard. There was as message saying that the + business page wasn't showing up because it was a duplicate. So I delete it and re-optimize the Places for Business page the client created a few years back.

    Then I got into the categories to see if there is one for "Countertop Store". After all one of his competitors who bumped him out of the "D" position has that category.

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    But to my amazement, that category doesn't exist!!!!!

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    That was the view from the Places for Business dashboard.

    This is the view from the Google + page dashboard.

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    How is it possible this category is now dead?
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    Re: Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    It's listed as a category in the Moz Local cat tool and the Blumenthal cat tool so think it was there. Maybe just a glitch or maybe was accidentally dropped.

    I'd call support. I mean I would not call support to ask them to just add some random or missing cat but this WAS one and likely should be so is maybe fixable.
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    Re: Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    I'll call them and ask why the competition has the category but we don't.

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    Re: Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    Let us know what they say Jordan.
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    Re: Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    I think I have your answer. Countertop Store is available as a category from Map Maker.

    There are different and additional categories within Map Maker compared to Google Places for Business. I often will add some of those additional categories when relevant to the Map Maker side after setting up the Google Places/Google+ Local side.

    Click Edit details on the listing for your client and you can add Countertop Store. If you need help just let me know.

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    Re: Google Places Page Categories + Google rant!

    Thanks Michael,

    It looks like through Map Maker (what the heck is this all about, another way to change listings, great!) Countertop Store is there.

    I called earlier today and the guy at Google places said he say countertop store there. Yet I still don't see it within Places or + dashboards. A little odd but the client is back in the Places listings!
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