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    Exclamation Linda Away Until April 20th

    [Updated 4/10 to reflect latest information]

    Due to family medical emergency, training is postponed, my involvement here at the forum will be minimal and I may not be able to get to all emails while away, due to limited Internet access.
    So I'm posting updates here.


    Due to the overwhelming #s of emails I'm getting about training, consulting and Google questions, especially with the big Places Dashboard update (link below) - I compiled a combination message covering a number of subjects below, so I can send this link to everyone in my vacation email auto-responder.

    If you are inquiring about training or consulting, please see bottom of this post.

    I have a family medical emergency and my Dad is in the hospital in serious condition. Need to get ready to leave state and may not be around to offer support as much as I usually do. If he is released from hospital by time I get there, I'll be at his house in a rural area on Lake Michigan without Internet access or even cell coverage most of the time.

    SCHEDULE - Depart Thursday April 11 Early AM and return Wed April 17th Late PM. But there is a chance I won't be able to leave Dad on the 17th and may need to stay through that following weekend.
    (I'll keep you posted in this thread.)

    FORUM TECHNICAL HELP - We have a skilled and dedicated team to that can help. David is my forum admin and the one to PM for technical problems or questions regarding the forum itself. Either Colan OR David can help if you need a post moved or edited.

    GOOGLE LOCAL SUPPORT - POST IN THE HELP SECTION HERE - For regular Google+ Local questions and support our team: Colan, Miriam, Phil Rosek, and our newest top contributors who were just promoted this week, Marie and Nick are all here to help. So you guys should be covered and are in great hands until I get back. Plus our biggest asset, our active members, which include some of the top Local Search consultants in the industry are here to help as well.

    OR POST AT THE GOOGLE BUSINESS FORUM HERE - Also watch the stickies there for important new updates or issues that could come up.

    Training & Consulting - I've had to postpone training. Partly due to my Dad's health and my trip and partly due to the fact that I can't train while this Google Places Dashboard update is still rolling out.

    Google+ LOCAL TRAINING - Is via phone, so you can attend from anywhere. No canned content. All live with me and jam-packed with very advanced info. This course is for experienced consultants only. Not suited to business owners or new consultants. Normally held 1 - 3 PST on a Thursday & Friday. (More info)

    This week's training is cancelled. May is pending. I can't do the G+ Local training while this update is still rolling out - there is too much changing and too much in flux. Can't do it if some have new dashboard and others have not even seen it yet. PLUS I'm going to need time to re-eval all the changes after I get back. Then may need time to revamp much of it. Will probably need to add an hour & maybe increase price. (Recently expanded from 2 hours to 4, then to 5 hours without raising price.)

    IMPORTANT re 1st Available G+L Training Session - With limited net access while I'm gone and limited time to check emails before I leave, my inbox will be unmanageable and I don't want anyone that really needs training to fall through the cracks. PLUS the 1st training session after I get back will sell out fast and have a waiting list. So if you are very interested in getting in the next training to learn about all the changes (plus the regular curriculum) please follow instructions below.

    IF interested in 1st available G+ L session - PLEASE USE MY CONTACT FORM OR EMAIL WITH THESE WORDS IN SUBJECT - "PRIORITY INFO - May G+L Training". That way I can find those that are interested and filter you into a folder so I can find you and you will be 1st on the notification list once I return and figure out when the next session is. I will contact you in the order I receive PRIORITY emails.

    LOCAL SEO TRAINING - The on-site secret sauce and local hooks training (which includes the Local SEO automated template) will be 2 weeks after Advanced G+ L training. (Usually held on a Thursday 1-3 PST.) G+L training is almost a prerequisite, so you need to take that one 1st. Then after you complete G+L training, I'll let you know about the next Local SEO course. (More info here.)

    CONSULTING: I also will not be taking on any new consulting projects for likely a month. When I get back - 1st priority is evaluating the update and everything that may change when I'm gone. Then revamp and re-schedule training to honor my commitment to the consultants that have already paid and are waiting.
    I won't be taking on any new consulting cases until I get caught up.

    Thanks for your patience as I work though everything over the next couple of weeks.

    THANK YOU to the Local Search TEAM! Can't even express my gratitude that we have such a strong and committed team and so many loyal members, so I don't need to worry about the forum while I'm gone!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    First, BIG THANKS for such in depth reporting on this important and fundamentally altering change in what affects many of us. I migrated from "Oh, sh...." earlier this evening to "Oh, Wow". I keep telling myself (and clients): "Change is good. Embrace it. Own it". Looks like we've got some embracing and ownership ahead of us. All good!

    Second, Congrats for your TC designation on Google's Meet our Top Contributors - Business Help
    Though your ranking is #2 below Mike's, I still love you more

    Lastly, at http://support.google.com/business/answer "Upgrading Your Business Listing to Google Plus", it states: "You should be managing no other pages in your Google+ account. If you have other pages which you wish to continue managing, you should hang tight until the Google+ upgrade is available to you." Hang tight? Days? Weeks? Months?

    Alternatives? Suggestions?

    Still peeling the onion layers so will probably be back soon with more questions, and perhaps fresh observations. Till then, "Cover me, I'm go'in in!".

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Froling View Post
    Second, Congrats for your TC designation on Google's Meet our Top Contributors - Business Help
    Though your ranking is #2 below Mike's, I still love you more
    Awww Jim, I love you too!

    But I've been #2 on that page since I became a TC a couple years ago. Mike will always be #1!

    RE the UPDATE - FYI I've had to cancel/postpone training. Partly due to my Dad and the trip and partly due to the fact that I can't train while this is still rolling out. (If some have it and some don't and training is so jam packed no time to explain, if you have the old do like this, if you have the new here's how it works, etc.) PLUS I'm going to have to totally revamp training when I get back, probably add an hour and maybe increase price.

    So you think you guys have lots in the air? Trust me when I say, this update is rocks my world too. BUT it's all good and in the long run we'll be much better off once all the changes come through!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Thank you Linda for such an insightful and thorough reply. No doubt that the complications to your world dwarf those of most others in this forum. Add to that the really important complications you and your family are dealing with now, I'm sure all of us are especially grateful for you.

    I'm praying that you, your father and your family find peace and comfort during this time.

    God bless you, Linda.

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Froling View Post
    Thank you Linda for such an insightful and thorough reply. No doubt that the complications to your world dwarf those of most others in this forum. Add to that the really important complications you and your family are dealing with now, I'm sure all of us are especially grateful for you.

    I'm praying that you, your father and your family find peace and comfort during this time.

    God bless you, Linda.
    Crying now - you touched my heart! Thank you Jim!

    Just finally made time to get flight booked and plans nailed down. Will be doing a thread in the forum news section about my schedule and limited availability, so I don't take this important thread off track. Thanks everyone so much for your support!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Thanks for all your support here Linda during this difficult time for you, and my support goes out to your family.

    We will keep things together till you get back.!
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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Thank you Linda for a great overview of the update!

    My thoughts go out to you and your family at this trying time with your Dad. I hope things change for the better. Most sincerely, Susan

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Linda, I have known you long enough by now to know that you are amazing but you are not Superwoman or even Wonder Woman (that's another Linda - Linda Carter), and you have been through a LOT in the last little while with possibly more to come. Don't forget about YOU in the coming days. Don't lose sight of what YOU need.

    Yes, that is the psychologist in me talking. But also the friend. So shoot me.

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    re: Linda Away Until April 20th

    Thanks Nick, Susan and my right hand man, main geek and very good friend, David.

    Your support means everything! But I'm embarrassed now that I brought my personal stuff up in this thread. At the time of the update I thought I was going to have to jump on a plane right away and disappear with maybe no Internet access. So was explaining a little so folks would know why I had to keep the update post shorter than I wanted to and could not be jumping in to answer every question as I usually try to.

    So anyway thank you all soooo much! Now that I don't have to leave for a week and am not quite as stressed, I'm thinking I should try to split out all the posts about my personal stuff into the new thread, so we can have this one just be about the update.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

    If you benefit from advice here... Please pay the community back by sharing on social OR helping someone else at the forum. Thank you!

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    Re: BREAKING! Brand New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    I'm thinking I should try to split out all the posts about my personal stuff into the new thread, so we can have this one just be about the update.
    Nah, it's good.

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