Should I verify Places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/merged

jerry

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Working with a client whose Google+ business page is verified/merged but their place dashboard needs action (pin verification).
Edited their verified/merged Google+ page today like removing their old unrelated category & selected four new related categories, changed the description, uploaded logo/photos. Couple of questions

how long will it take to reflect the changes in live listing? will there be any additional verification process?

Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified and merged?

Thanks so much in advance for any help.
 

Linda Buquet

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

Jerry, Colan had a similar situation come up: http://localsearchforum.catalystemarketing.com/google-local/3844-accidentally-triggered-google-places-verification-after-listing.html

I'm not sure how you could even merge if the Places dash was not verified - awaiting PIN.

Google has said over and over, after you merge do not edit in the Places dashboard. But they have not explained why or what would happen if you do. So I don't know about entering PIN in dash and what would happen.

I really don't know what to do. That's one of the problems with merging - it's so new there are many unknowns.
 

jerry

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

I'm not sure how you could even merge if the Places dash was not verified - awaiting PIN.
Place dashboard has this alert "Before your listing is published, you must verify that you are the business owner" Even i dont know how they merged.

Google has said over and over, after you merge do not edit in the Places dashboard
Wow, i just did the opposite today. Edited the verified/merged page, uploaded their new logo/photos, selected related business category to improve their rankings:(
 

Linda Buquet

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

Wow, i just did the opposite today. Edited the verified/merged page, uploaded their new logo/photos, selected related business category to improve their rankings:(
In your 1st post you said "Edited their verified/merged Google+ page".

So I assumed you meant you did that in the G+ management interface not in the Places dashboard? But now sounds like you are saying you made all those changes in the Places dash??? Can you confirm which you meant so I don't waste time explaining something based on the wrong assumption?
 

jerry

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

Linda, both Google+ business page (verified/merged) & places dashboard had old logo, photos, one unrelated category, one line description. So edited both dashboard (need action-pin verification) as well as business page (verified/merged).

I just checked now. (category, description, logo, photos) changes i made today on the verified/merged Google+ business page is live.

Should i verify places dashboard (pin verification) or just leave as it is? Please advice
 

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

Like I said, sorry I don't know.

But please give link to the listing so I can check some things. I'm wondering if it's going to display/rank right if Places is not verified BUT I'm afraid to tell you to do it because I'm not sure what will happen. Could be a matter of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but I don't know for sure without checking it.
 

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

I read that only if places is verified it will help in ranking. Could someone please look at this listing and advice. should i verify places to rank? or "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
 

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Re: Should i verify places dashboard even though Google+ business page is verified/me

"I read that only if places is verified it will help in ranking."

Not true. I see #1 listings all the time that are unverified and they rank due to the power of the web site.

However it the other case I mentioned I was working on - because it was waiting for Places verification PIN it did drop out of search and the Place page stopped working awaiting PIN. So then the page was displaying only as a G+ page. (Now review button or check mark.)

Your client's page is still working and merged. (Has reviews and checkmark). So appears to be working. BUT looks newly verified so won't start to rank til it hits the 6 week mark or so.

FYI their site is not optimized well to rank for the same keywords that are optimized in their G+ Local categories. So if all of that is not jiving they aren't going to rank well - verified or not.

(And no I still did not answer the question, should you verify the Place page or not because I don't know so am not going to advise. Your guess is as good as mine.)
 

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