Long asked for but not yet made public, a number of large Adwords resellers and IYPS seemingly now have the ability to auto-verify local listings via an API. I have spoken with a number of European and North American resellers that claim to have the functionality. Although I have not yet seen it, its existence … Continue reading Google Testing Verification Whitelisting via API with Large Resellers & IYPs
I received this feedback from Joel Headley, Consumer Operations at Google, via Google Reader in answer to some of my questions about the newly announced Bulk Upload Whitelisting for the local business center: MB: Will the entry (submitted via the whitelisted upload) still be editable via community edit? Joel: No. MB: Will the stats of … Continue reading Google LBC: Some Bulk Upload Whitelist Questions Answered
Update: Here is the link to the whitelist request form: http://maps.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=feeds_verify David Mihm reports from the LSS Q&A Session that Google is rolling out the Bulk Upload Whitelist reported here in early June and confirmed by Google several weeks ago. From David Mihm’s Local Search blog: Now onto the good stuff. Ari Bezman, the product … Continue reading Google Maps Bulk Upload Whitelist Coming Soon to the LBC Near You
In early June, reports surfaced of a new beta program that allows a Local Business Center account’s bulk uploads to be whitelisted after approval by Google. Google has confirmed this program and estimates that it will be live in the Local Business Center in several months. Here a correspondence from last week with Carter Maslan, … Continue reading Google Maps confirms Bulk Upload Whitelist Program for LBC
Google has apparently introduced a new service – a Google Whitelist Feeds Beta that allows for information from trusted bulk feeds to be automatically verified. I had been hearing about a Local Business Center data feed that offered whitelisting and automatic verification from several sources. I have been unable to get confirmation from Google that the service … Continue reading Google Maps now offering a Whitelist Bulk Upload Beta for the LBC?
One area of Local Search where Google has been active with regular improvements has been the Google My Business API. Google seems to have committed to a regular schedule of regular updates and along that line V 3.0 was introduced today. There are two main features that have been released in this update: Ability to … Continue reading Google Releases GMB API V3.0
Google, with the release of the new Google My Business API, is perhaps suggesting one of the biggest “best practice” shifts for handling SMB Google My Business accounts in years by suggesting that it is not only ok but preferred to claim multiple listings in a single Google My Business account. Yesterday in the Google Ads … Continue reading Google Best Practice For Different Businesses in the Same Dashboard
As we speak Google is in the process of rolling out Google My Business (GMB) & the Google My Bussiness Listing (GMBL bulk) interface updates with a logical integrated hierarchy that is consistent across both products. The upgrade provides improved navigation within any section of the product via improved menus (top and left) and breadcrumbs. It … Continue reading Google Rolling Out New Upgraded GMB – GMBL Interface
Google Maps and the Local Business Center have been hell for hospitals. Virtually everything that could go wrong with Maps has gone wrong when it comes to hospitals getting their many listings correct in the LBC and the Maps index with the technical issues compounded by the lack of customer support. This has been an … Continue reading Google Maps and Hospital Hell Soon Coming to an End? Three Cheers!
Here is the content of the Bulk Upload Whitelist Request form: **** Get Verified in Google Maps Local Business Center * Required field Generally, the best way to verify that you own a business is by receiving a phone call or postcard with a PIN. However, we understand this gets tricky if you have say, … Continue reading Get Bulk Uploads Verified in Google Maps Local Business Center