7th February 2013

I have a high school friend whom I’ve helped with his website intermittently over the years, and I claimed his Google Local page for him quite a few years ago.  Last summer, I created a Google+ page for him also, and I never thought much about it after that.

A few weeks ago, I edited his Google Local page, adding his new logo and updating his photos, and of course, a verification was needed again. They sent a post card to him, and a couple of weeks later, I punched in the numbers and everything was fine.

Yesterday I happened to look at his Google+ Local page, and saw a warning saying that the edits I had made (also a few weeks ago) wouldn’t be shown until I verified with a PIN, which was odd, because I’d never seen a Google+ page requiring verification before… Have you?

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Clicking around, I noticed that next to the business name it said “in-progress”  so I clicked there, and a box popped up saying they had mailed the verification card.

At first I assumed it was another post card, and I was going to email him to watch for it, but then it dawned on me that I had just gone through the process a couple of weeks earlier.

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I dug up the email that he sent me after he received his other post card verification code, which I had already used at Google Places, plugged that into the verification box, and to my surprise, it worked!

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Now he has BOTH a Google Local page and a Google+ page, but his Places page looks like crap, where the new logo and images are still not showing up, while his Google + plus page looks pretty good.  The two pages have not been “merged”, and I’m still on the fence about whether to do that or not.

Last fall I merged my own web hosting business page after watching a video on how it was done, and although it completely disappeared from the search results for nearly a month, it did come back, and it all seems to be completely fine now.

On the other hand, most of the advice out there warns NOT to merge the two  but I wonder if that advice might be changing soon, since clearly Google has been able to establish the relationship between the two pages on their own.

I’m not sure what I’ll do yet, but it’s nice to have high school friends to experiment on… ;)

 

 

 

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    4 Comments    

    • Kevin Getch says:

      Hey Scott, If you used the phone number and chose to set up a Local Place when creating the Google+ page it will automatically merge with the old Google Places listing once you’ve verified it. It is actually rather fast. The only reason I wouldn’t merge would be if there are data issues. The benefits are way too plentiful on the merged page (Posting, commenting, sharing, Google+ page showing up in search results, etc.) Just My humble opinion : )

      • Scott says:

        Thanks Kevin, and yes I agree, although one more reason is for service businesses without a local storefront. We found out that an attempted merging of one of those will get you back an email saying they are not yet supporting service businesses – YET being the operative word ;)

    • Ryan Bilak says:

      Good to know that I can use the same code! Waiting around for those postcards can definitely be annoying.

      • Scott says:

        I agree, and I wish you could always force a phone call instead…

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