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    GMB Description Field Changes

    I just noticed that this help center doc was updated. https://support.google.com/business/answer/6262887

    The Introduction/Description field is no longer editable in Google My Business. It only displays to users in Google+, and may still be edited there. Editing of attributes, coming soon to all Google My Business views, will be an improved way to describe your business to users on Google Search and Maps.
    8/1/2016

    Anyone seeing this update live?

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    No More Descriptions in GMB?

    Long time no post!

    Is anyone else no longer given the option to have a description in GMB? All accounts that I've checked no longer show a description option in either the main GMB dashboard edit or the bulk/list editing page.

    From what I can tell, descriptions that were previously entered in still display on the G+ page itself.

    Is Google no longer allowing descriptions? I know Bing also removed the option of descriptions a month or two back.
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    Re: No More Descriptions in GMB?

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    Re: No More Descriptions in GMB?

    It says "It only displays to users in Google+, and may still be edited there" but can't edit it.

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    Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    Very interesting! That will solve the description field spamming problem, I guess. Not that it ever helped to spam that field, but still.
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    Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    Hey guys, just to let you know I decided to merge Matt's thread into Colan's so would not have 2 different convos. And moved to Google Local IMPORTANT since this is an official GMB change.

    Note the link I put in reply to Matt w/ Mike's post (above) that goes into more details.
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    Unhappy Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    I noticed this the other day.... so sad
    I just can't help but love Local SEO

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    Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    @Local web strategies, why are you sad about the change? The description doesn't show anywhere anymore anyway, all it did was give a chance for an ignorant business owner to get themselves flagged for spam.

    Of course, I do think there should be more ways for a business owner to control their editorial summary, but that's another topic.

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    Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    The description can be used without spamming by those who are not ignorant. It was nice to have a few links to the business's website in the description area. Just my opinion.
    I just can't help but love Local SEO

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    Re: GMB Description Field Changes

    It's been at least a year since that description was actually visible anywhere. If you were tracking those links, I'd be surprised if you saw any of them get even a single click in the last year. You could be right that a link to the site from the description had some value, but since the page already links to the site anyway, that's a pretty small drop in the bucket at best.

    But hey, even if you're right and this takes a small way for the good businesses to easily distinguish themselves, at least everyone's on the same playing field with the loss. On to the other 99 local SEO tasks...

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