Help please! I just got a call from lGoogle maps and want to hide my address. It may be too late, but I have to give it a try. We were using a UPS address and I just realized I had to take it off, but hadn't gotten to do it yet. Then the call came this morning, and of course, they didn't identify themselves. I can't find where to choose the option to hide the listing. Can you direct me to the place?Great questions Nick!
And yes hiding your address, per the Google Guidelines is MANDATORY! In my opinion hundreds of thousands of listings have been deleted. Many have been down for months. AND even businesses that tried to start over with a new listing in a new account have not been able to get a listing back up. So this is VERY serious business.
When in doubt HIDE YOUR ASS (address) is my advice!
Now on to answering some of your Qs.
Q - Is the whole address supposed to be dissapearing?
A - Yes, the whole street address but city, state will still show.
Added point - Also the map marker will move to the center of the zip or area you select in the service radius selection. And it will change shape and be a circle instead of teardrop.
IMPORTANT POINT - After you hide address, it can take about a week or so for the live listing to update to reflect the change
UBER IMPORTANT POINT - Even after you hide address and it updates, your client COULD still get a moderation call and be deleted. I believe the moderators in India are working off outdated lists and NOT the live maps listing. So still need to coach them that if they get a call, need to be short, direct and emphatic. "No I don't see customers here BUT I already updated my listing to HIDE my address. My listing meets the guidelines, please do not delete it!"
NOTE FROM LINDA: Split off threads from http://localsearchforum.catalystemarketing.com/service-area-business-issues/775-hide-your-address-google-places-q.html
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