Check your Google Places (aka Google local) entries

Yesterday I was doing some SEO work for somebody, popped into our Google account, went to add a Google local entry and was horrified to find some of the previous entries we had created (including WebSanity’s) indicated as being rejected for “failing to meet quality guidelines“. I reviewed them, saw nothing wrong with them, resubmitted and despite them still being indicated as rejected today they are now featuring in the Google Places results once more (although I will be keeping a close eye on them).

I would highly recommend that people with Google Places entries log into their Google accounts and check their status(es), since we received no notification emails about this whatsoever.

Google Places has had lots of problems in the past – in my opinion it is badly implemented and very ‘flaky’ – however, it is an important Search Engine Optimisation tool for businesses operating in a local sector and well worth persevering with none-the-less.

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Gerald Thulbourn setup WebSanity in 2004. He has a 1st class honours MEng in Microelectronics & Software Engineering (i.e. he's a techy), 5 A grades at A level (i.e. he works hard) and loves to communicate (i.e. odd for a techy). He hates tech speak, sloppy/badly tested code, and technology for the sake of technology's sake. He loves helping people understand marketing concepts and seeing how their application makes a real difference to their business. In particular he loves training; SEO, Website Analysis, WordPress etc. Read more about us on Google+