Local Search Expert
- Jun 28, 2012
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Guess what I did over the weekend???
Well I imagine the title & gif kinda gave it away...
I got busted by Google - Yep, I got suspended!
I think all consultants should get their own listing suspended early on in their career early on, so they know what it feels like!
What did I do to get suspended, you ask? Well it's very much a "cobbler's shoes" kinda story...
I haven't done consulting for a couple years and am getting ready to retire soon, so my business GMB page has not been a priority at all. Therefore it took me a full year since moving from SoCal to Utah, to get around to updating my page. (And I used to talk about how many SMBs set it and forget it with their GMB pages!)
Pot. kettle, black...
So I edited my address. (Making sure the settings were correct for hiding my address.) It said pending review. I edited my phone # and it said pending review. Then for some dumb reason I decided to remove phone just to see if it would take it. I've seen a few listings with no phone # and wondered how/why the system would even take that, so was just curious what would happen. Yep it took it, with no nag or error that phone is needed or anything. Listing still said pending. Interesting I said, then added my phone # back in. Checked 10 minutes later and saw my listing was suspended.
I share my little "cobbler's shoes" story, just to show how easy it is to get suspended. Normally a business would not notice til days later and would not remember what they did. They'd tell Google or their consultant, I edited this and that, just my address and phone I think. They didn't do anything nefarious, they just got suspended.
So I challenged the suspension through the normal online form. The next day I got an email saying my listing was reviewed and reinstated. But I still have to go through a snail mail verification. Irritating... but good lesson I guess.
So that was my weekend. Haha! How was yours???