So Long Google+ Local

Don’t panic. Local SEO isn’t dead. Google My Business, Google local packs, and Google Maps are alive and well. Local search as we know it has not changed.

What has changed is that you can no longer search for local businesses within Google+.

Before

After

 

Looks like Google got rid of the option to search for local businesses within Google+ when they rolled out the new Collections feature.

It’s no surprise, as I doubt many people used that feature, but it was pretty handy for finding duplicate Google+ business listings. Oh well, Map Maker still works for duplicate discovery.

 

What do you think? Other than duplicate discovery, can you think of any other loses from them removing this?

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Darren Shaw

Darren Shaw founded Whitespark in 2005. The company specialized in web design and development, however, Darren’s passion and curiosity for all things local search led Whitespark to focus primarily on local SEO in 2010 with the launch of the Local Citation Finder, followed by the Local Rank Tracker.

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0 comments on “So Long Google+ Local

  • Thanks Darren. I just confirmed it with Google.

    We’ve been discussing at the Forum the Local Search Pros Community too.

    Like I told Google:

    “Did you know Google maps hides dupes so you can’t find them and do research to fix them. Local shows them all. Classic used, to but it started hiding them too. This really cripples my ability to research and help folks with a variety of problems. That local search option was very valuable.

    I know you can find dupes in MM but it’s a pain because you can’t click through to view the listings. So if you have several dupes or spam listings that come up in MM for the same phone # for example, then to find which listing you want to report on G+ is a major pain. Or to even check the listings to see which are claimed. It’s like 8 extra clicks for my painful carpal to do research on each listing now.

    I mean I know you can’t make changes to please my carpal BUT after losing Classic, tons of consultants are going to be upset about losing G+ Local search too.

    Signed,
    Not a happy camper!

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