Google Business Forum VIDEO Wrapup - October 5, 2012

Linda Buquet

Jun 28, 2012
Catch the latest updates from the Google and your Business Forum.
Jade just posted a new wrap up with several good tips and updates.​

Google and Your Business Forum Wrapup - October 5, 2012

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0:01 Introduction

0:16 Listings take a week to go live, a few weeks for link from Google Places dashboard to work

0:40 Verified social pages now showing message if edit not accepted

0:59 Fewer categories displaying because uncommon categories no longer appearing

1:18 International phone number formatting issue with verified social pages

1:28 Formatting not appearing on owner descriptions

1:45 Google+ Local best practice: edit verified social pages via Google+

2:14 Forum tip: better mobile forum display, yay!
I have a couple things to add, please check back later for comments.

Any thoughts? Questions? Comments?

Linda Buquet

Jun 28, 2012
Posted the above on Saturday when most of you were out playing :p so you may have missed it.

Here are a couple comments I wanted to add.

"Fewer categories displaying because uncommon categories no longer appearing."

NOTE: In the video Jade suggests it may be better to change custom cats to default cats.

I think there are a variety of category issues going on. For awhile now, there are has been what I think is a separate issue of Google just hiding the additional cats from view on the G+ Local page, but they are still taken into account in the ranking algo.

See this thread for more. Google+ Local - Category Bug Bites Listings. All 5 cats are still there and you can see the cats with map search EVEN uncommon cats. It's just a display issue where on the G+L page they are only showing one, occasionally 2 of the 5.

PLUS she's changing cats a lot more often lately. SOMETIMES taking away the MAIN category like Plumber and replacing with something very UNCOMMON and bogus like "Plumbers' Merchant". (Which happened a week ago to a #1 ranking consulting client of mine who dropped like a rock.) (That cat replacement happened on lots of other plumbers too, not just this one, so I suspect it was a bad feed or something.)

So keep an eye on your cats! ;)

My prediction is that the ability to pick cats at all will be going away and similar to G+ Local snippets and page title tag overwrites --- the 'all knowing' Google algo is just going to pick whatever she feels is best. :eek:

"Google+ Local best practice: edit verified social pages via Google+"
I've mentioned this a few times recently, but in case you missed it wanted to highlight again. I've seen a few problems come up in the forum that may have been related to editing in the Places dash after merge/verify of G+ Business page.

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