A huge number of SMB listings have been deleted by Google for violating the “Hide your Address Rule.” This rule pertains to outbound service area businesses, like plumbers, primarily those with home offices.

Months later Google has been unable to bring many of the listings back
EVEN ONES THAT WERE MISTAKENLY DELETED AND WERE IN COMPLIANCE.

I pushed Google again last week for an update due to a new situation that came to light. I also informed Google I was working on a big story and requested an official statement. (SEE UPDATE – LAST QUOTE)

But 1st I wanted to share the story of ONE of the many small business listings Google removed in error.

This is just a curated snippet from the HUGE long article posted over at the
Local Search Forum. Please see update from Google and full post there.

Business Listings Deleted by Google – Do Not Support Location Update