This is just a quick post to give you a head’s up on yet MORE changes made by Google. Yesterday, Google announced that they are merging Google Places with the new Google+ Local. This is a huge change with huge impact on any business currently using a Google Places page.
Google is in the process of making this change now, so if you don’t have a Google+ local account set up, now is the time to jump on it to keep your internet presence intact.
How will this impact your business?
- There will no longer be Google Places pages; only Google+ local pages
- People leaving a review must be logged into their Google+ account
- If you already have a Google+ local and Google Places listing, Google says they will migrate your Places page to your Google+ local page. When that happens, you want to make sure you have the + page checked thoroughly for optimization, etc. so you don’t lose your search engine rank.
- Your current Google Places rating score may change
- More changes coming as this story develops
For those not familiar with Google+ and Google+ local pages:
- Google+ is a social media platform (yes – similar in many ways to Facebook). Google+ lets you create groups of friends, helps you find content based on your interests, lets you chat with friends, share photos, video, etc.
- Local Google+ page will be like your Google Places page with a new look and feel, with no social features.
Again, this change was just announced yesterday by Google, so there are still a lot of questions flying around. Google says they are in the process of making these changes now. I just wanted you to be one of the first to know, since I try to keep my readers up to date on any important changes for business. This is one you don’t want to ignore.
If you need any help setting up your Local Google+ page or have more questions about the merge, please let toll free at 855-568-8469 or use our Contact form. We’re here to help.