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The Latest Google Places Makeover – Welcome to Google My Business

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Google Finally Releases a User-Friendly Interface for Its Local Business Pages

On Wednesday Google announced the roll-out of a huge update aimed to terminate the old Google Places as we know it.

The new Google My Business is said to be just a dashboard improvement, however it brings us a much more significant change: the long-awaited integration of all products that Google has designed for the local business is now on. Both business owners and local SEOs have been experiencing the shortcomings of maintaining both the social and the local Google pages in the pursuit of improving their brand visibility on Google. When Google decided to merge the two types of company pages (social and local) a new wave of problems aroused. The automatically created duplicate social pages seemed like a real nightmare to the confused business owners. Hopefully with the latest Google Places makeover all those challenges will be left behind.

But let’s see what Google My Business is all about:

You Ask, We Answer: May 9, 2014

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What are the SEO basics that the Small Business Owners and Managers should keep in mind?

Our Friday Q&A post will discuss several issues that Jennifer Martin, a San Francisco Business Coach at Zest Business Consulting, was so kind to draw our attention to.  Jennifer helps worldwide business managers and leaders build a thriving business and she has a pretty clear idea of the common difficulties they go through. Today we will try to shed some light over those grey areas in online marketing that most business owners struggle with.

If you wish to take part in our Friday Q&A session, just send us your question. If it is really intriguing, we may consider featuring it and answer it in details for all our readers to learn from – just like we did with Jennifer’s questions. Here are the topics she was particularly interested in:

 

Q: I’ve heard that Google is now penalizing websites with lower rankings if they have established backlinks with non-reputable websites. How can I find out if some of my backlinks are hurting me instead of helping me?

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