Google May Delete Inactive Local Business Listings

If you're unaware - last June Google rolled out, Google My Business. Not to be confused with Google+ brand pages, Google My Business is a place where you can claim your physical listing on Google Maps, list address, hours, phone number, etc., and garner reviews.

[caption id="attachment_973" align="aligncenter" width="676"]local business listing Google My Business allows for businesses to claim their listing and have a map like this show up in search results.[/caption]

A Google representative recently posted in the Google and Your Business Help Forum, that inactive Google My Business accounts may be contacted by the company:

"In some cases, we may contact Google My Business users via email to confirm that they are still actively managing a business page. If a user is unresponsive to our attempts to contact him or her and has not logged into Google My Business for a significant length of time, then we may unverify pages in the account. We're doing this in order to continue to provide users with the best experience when they're looking for local businesses like yours."

Managing your Google business listing


Chances are, even if you haven't done anything to claim or manage your local listing on Google, your business still appears on Google Maps and in Google's search results. It just doesn't appear with all the details necessary, and considering the statement above, it may not appear at all if you don't do anything.

The easiest way to take care of this problem is to contact Thoughtwire and ask about what we call, Hyper Local SEO. This involves claiming your local business listing on Google, displaying your company's correct addresses, phone numbers, local maps, etc., and consistently optimizing and managing your listing so potential customers can find it easier.

When consumers conduct local searches for say, "businesses near Main Street," or they directly search for your business, it is essential that your company appears! With information constantly at their fingertips, consumers are conducting local searches more frequently. Your company can't afford to miss out on their business because of an inactive Google My Business account. Call us today: (800) 367-2570.

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