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Old 05-31-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Google Place Pages Are No More - Welcome To Google+ Local Pages


A recent development in the local SEO sphere is that as of today, if you've had a Google Local Page, it has now been converted to a Google+ local page. The migration might take a few days and the old place pages are still accesible.

Some bullet points:
  • All Google Places pages (profiles) become Google+ Local pages
  • Star rating are no longer available. It's now a 30 point rating system.
  • Customer who wish to leave a review for you business will HAVE to sign up for google+...having a gmail account will no longer be sufficient
  • There’s a new “Local” tab within Google+, making it a local search destination
  • Google+ Local pages will be available across Google search, Maps, mobile
  • Local search now takes on more social features, especially on Google+
  • These new pages are now indexed by Google (old place pages weren't). This means that not only will they come up in local results as before, but they will also rank in the local SERPs below for long-tail keyword content

More on the details:

http://www.screenwerk.com/2012/05/30...e-local-pages/

http://searchengineland.com/google-p...-search-122770

http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/goog...al-pages/5828/
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:07 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info, I'll be working on that here soon.

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Thanks for the update. Looks like it's going to be more confusing than ever...yaaaah!!!
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Thanks for the update. Looks like it's going to be more confusing than ever...yaaaah!!!
Yes - for the average business owner, Google hasn't done any favors in terms of making all of this stuff clear.

There are now the old local place pages (which still are up).
There are also personal plus pages (that went live when google plus launched)
Then there are the business plus pages (which went live a few months back)
And now, there are these new plus local pages (which have now replaced all of the old local place pages)

According to google's forums, they are working on merging these new plus local pages with the old plus business pages.

It's a naming clusterF+......+Local? Local Plus? Local+? Plus Local? Places Plus? Google local plus?
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Thats ok, Apple is working on their own places pages I heard.
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More info here (watch the video):

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feels like it would be easier to log in with Facebook to leave a review on a places page.....before you know it Google will sink their places pages trying to save their failed social.
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Google+ was very confusing at first. I think I have figured it out.

I decided to invest the time because the first day they lauched this, they really mixed up the serp for my area. It seemed they were favoring businesses that had a google+ profile setup.

I have added a plugin to my website that links to a "page" that I created for KC Plumber Pro.

From this "page" you can follow a link to Google+ Business for the listing KC Plumber Pro by clicking on the about section of the "page" profile.

Hopefully this can help anybody that doesn't get Google+ and what it's all about.
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So the plus page isnt the same page as plus local?
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So the plus page isnt the same page as plus local?
Yes! The plus page (personal) is different from plus business, which is different from plus local.

But soon, according to Google, the plus local and plus business will be combined.
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Great update. Google will be updating more and more from what Search Engine Land says.
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Thanks for the update. I heard something about google places changing.
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To me it seems like they made this change so people starting using their Google+. It should be interesting to see how this works out.
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I for one like the change. It is going to give much more credibility to companies like mine who actually have actual customers leave real reviews for our company. Almost everyone in my area paid for or created there own reviews. Now that will be much harder. Also hopefully eventually G+ takes over fb and then I only have two mediums to constantly update; ct and g+.
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yay more social media stuff to study
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@416plumbers - I don't think you need to study social media, just stick to spamming forums.
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I'm pretty much ignoring google for now. They have some serious problems with a lot of their products.
I used to hate Bing but started using it when google updated their search algorithm to strongly favor only new web content. Just because it's new doesn't make it relevant.
I think other people will notice this soon enough and make the switch to bing or yahoo or whatever.
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Google = Borg

I'm going to have the Facebook people call the Google people and have a social media social, to discuss my social media.
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I'm upset about this change. We ask people to leave us reviews, but they have to jump through SO MANY hoops to leave them for us... There are not a lot of people who will take all that time just to leave a review for you.
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I'm upset about this change. We ask people to leave us reviews, but they have to jump through SO MANY hoops to leave them for us... There are not a lot of people who will take all that time just to leave a review for you.
You are really lucky if anyone can leave a positive review nowadays. New filters make it very difficult even if it's a genuine review from a real customer. Also, Google doesn't like SAB (service area business), supposedly SAB listing should not have a Google+ page or you risk a rejection. www.darekandsons.com

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