August Google Places Optimization Blog Archives

New Reputation Management Software includes Google Review Backups, Alerts – See Sceenshots and Video

With all these features I believe this is the most advanced and capable reputation management software on the market. PLUS it has 2 features I specifically recommended for Google Places/Google+ Local reviews that are sorely needed; Google review backups (especially now with all the review problems) and Google review alerts for ALL new reviews, not just negative ones, in case business owner wants to reply. Plus it does local rank tracking, citation finding and more.

Can You Risk NOT Hiding your Address on Google? For Service Area and Home Based Businesses

If you have a service area business and your office is in your home and/or you only go out to customers, YES it is absolutely mandatory that you hide your address! THOUSANDS of small business listings have been removed for violating this fairly recent guideline and some have been down for a couple months. BUT this post is targeted at a slightly different scenario. We get SMBs on the forum that say

Video – How to Merge your Google+ Business and G+ Local Pages – Detailed Instructions

Matthew Hunt from Small Business Online Coach created a GREAT step-by-step video detailing how to set up and merge your Google+ Business page with your Google Places AKA G+ Local page. Since many of us are visual learners, I think it’s really helpful to watch the process instead of just reading how to do it. So great job Matthew and thank you for sharing!

Valiant Effort to Help Solve Google+ Local Review Problems

Most of you are aware of a myriad of problems surrounding Google Places AKA Google+ Local reviews. The Google and your Business forum ALWAYS has multiple posts from frustrated business owners with complaints. But lately the forum has been literally flooded with SMBs who are either missing reviews or can’t get reviews to show up […]

BREAKING News! Google+ Business and Google Places Merge – Just Launched Phase 1

EXCITING NEWS! Google just announced the 1st iteration and beginning step for merging your Google+ Local (Google Places page) with your Google+ Business Page. Click to find out about the change and how to get your merge started.