Google Maps Updates the Quality Guidelines for Local Pages!

Dec 3, 2014 | 1,546 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google Maps has revamped their local pages quality guidelines. The news was shared by Jade Wang from the Google team in Google Forums.

Jade said, "We've updated and clarified our quality guidelines for local pages. Please read the new version here, and, as always, feel free to contact our support team with any specific questions about your account".

A couple of the local SEO experts compared the old guidelines with the new ones. One of them is Mike Blumenthal also documented obvious changes, which included:

  • Descriptors of any sort are NOT allowed
  • Categories should be the more specific category and NOT the overarching, general category
  • Increased name and category consistency amongst multi location chains
  • Two or more brands at the same location must pick one name
  • If Different departments are to have their own page they must have unique categories
  • Practitioner’s pages, in multi location practices should have their name only and not the name of the practice
  • Solo Practitioners only can use the format of Practice: Practitioner
  • Virtual Offices are NOT allowed unless staffed.
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Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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