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Understanding Google My Business & Local Search

Google Places: Pending Status Showing Up Erroneously?

I have received several recent inquiries about the Pending message showing up on more Google Places accounts of late. According to this post by John Audette of 406 Strategies, a local internet marketing firm in Bend, Or. it is a fairly widespread bug. From his post:

“Pending – Being Reviewed. This listing needs to be reviewed further before appearing on Google. Please allow several weeks”.

We have checked with Google and they tell us it’s a temporary glitch. Their phones are ringing off the hook and they promise to have it fixed soon.

Normally the message means that your listing has gone in for additional scrutiny by Google but it appears to currently be a false positive on many listings.