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    Hardcore Map Maker Info for Google Local Troubleshooting

    As a general rule I don't recommend consultants much less business owners edit via Google Map Maker. Unless you are VERY advanced and really take the time to learn it and get active in the MM community,
    you can do more harm than good tweaking in MM.

    With that said, it's imperative consultants learn to use it as a troubleshooting and diagnostic research tool.

    But the Places dashboard is from Venus and MM is from Mars. They each have different rules, often contradict each other and sometimes don't even play nice with each other. So it's super confusing...

    HOWEVER the following monster post from Phil Rosek at Local Visibility System is the best resource I've seen yet, to help clear confusion. He interviews 2 Regional Expert Reviewers; Andrew Sawyer and Saikrishna Arcot - asking all the right questions to pull out the most important answers you guys need to know.

    Google MapMaker 101 for Local Business Owners | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

    Google MapMaker is like the NSA: Many people know it exists or at least have heard of it in passing. But few know much about it or what goes on there.

    MapMaker is one head of a two-headed monster. It’s oddly intertwined with the Google+Local (AKA Google Places) search results. The accuracy of much of the “local” info about cities and businesses depends on thousands and millions of little changes that people make to Google’s maps. Many of those changes are made in MapMaker.

    These little changes can determine whether your business is listed accurately in Google. Ultimately, they can determine how visible your business is in the Google+Local search results. That’s why you should care about MapMaker – or at least know a little bit about it.

    MapMaker won’t help you win the potato-sack race with your local competitors. But knowing about how it works can help you avoid a faceplant that can cause you to lose that race.

    The only trouble is that practical, real-world info on MapMaker is hard to come by. It doesn’t get much attention even in local-SEO circles.
    Head over to read the rest! It's long and it's jam-packed with nuggets you really need to know. I literally had to take a break from reading it before my head exploded. (Plus could not wait to come share it.)

    I'm making this a sticky here in our Google Map Maker Forum, so it's easy to find when you need it.

    Thanks Phil! You knocked it out of the park once again with this one!

    VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE the Phil will soon be joining the Local Search Team
    as our newest Top Contributor. I'll be making the formal announcement in a couple days.



    What do you guys think of the MM info?

    Pretty awesome and much needed, don't you think?
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    Re: Hardcore Map Maker Info for Google Local Troubleshooting

    Thanks for posting, Linda!

    Believe it or not, the post may become even more monstrous: There may be a 3rd expert weighing in (someone well-known to many of us here at the forum). Its still an if, but Im hoping the stars line up on that one.

    Huge thanks again to Andrew and Saikrishna (they did all the work)!
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    Re: Hardcore Map Maker Info for Google Local Troubleshooting

    Oh Yes! Big thanks to Andrew and Saikrishna!

    You guys ROCK!

    Epic and much needed post.

    As I say to myself after most Phil posts - wish I would have thought of that. (Or made time to do a post like that.) BUT now I don't have to, because you did!

    Thanks to all!
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    Re: Hardcore Map Maker Info for Google Local Troubleshooting

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    As I say to myself after every Phil post - wish I would have thought of or made time to do a post like that. BUT now I don't have to, because you did!
    You're way too kind! Actually, the bottom of the post lists some MM posts that inspired this one (particularly Nyagoslav's interview post from last year).
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