You definitely want to use the same email address for everything, Chris. That keeps things simple and you and your client won't have to keep track of a few different IDs and passwords. It will also allow you to keep everything in one account.
Me too!! Just working on my first Local SEO client optimization. Hoping I do well and they start appearing in results. Currently they don't appear at all anywhere so figured this would be a good beginning
Good luck with your 1st client. Sounds like they have nowhere to go but up, with your help!
However think you may be starting off on the wrong foot even thinking about G+ if you are just getting started. Even if you had lots of experience, top experts and even Jade from Google say merging Google+ Local with G+ is just too buggy yet and it's best to wait. Plus many businesses don't even qualify to merge yet.
I'd strongly recommend just getting their G+ Local page (the one that used to be called a Place page) optimized and hold off on merging with G+ for now. The G+ L page is the one that's going to rank in the search results.
Just learn G+L which is guarantee is the most complicated, convoluted thing you've ever dealt with. I've done really complicated stuff like selling high end lasers to Dentists and even demonstrating them on live patients. This is like 100 times more complicated. You'll have your hands full just learning G+L.
There are lots of problems once you merge with G+ that greatly complicate everything further! Many of the problems have been around since August and Google still has not figured out how to fix them because it's just new uncharted territory.
So just do G+ Local in an account that uses an email address from the client's domain. Get that done and ranking and make sure to read the guidelines and study to ensure you do it right.
Don't worry about G+ now. But when ready you can do a G+ Profile and biz page on that same account. Just don't merge with G+ Local or verify the G+ biz page yet.
If the primary thing you are trying to do is help them rank, then you can just skip the personal profile.
You SURE they don't have a page? Even if they never set one up Google probably did. Unless this is a brand new one week old business???
If it's not a brand new business you should carefully check to see if there is one or more listings Google already set up for them. If you want help checking just give us their URL and phone # and we'll help you look.
Just set up a G+ account. Then go here. Click list business and plug in the phone #.
Linda, their business doesn't have a listing. However, 3 of the lawyers at the business have a listing, scraped from YP I believe. All 3 of those listings all use the same physical address and local number.
So...I was going to create a new listing for their business and not touch the other 3 listings. Is that what I should be doing?
Hi Chris, yes, that's the 1st step. Create practice listing.
However the atty listings will likely hurt the ranking for the practice listing or even drop it out of blended, due to duplicate confusion. So no hurry, but AFTER you get everything done on the main listing, read the following articles.
Thing is terminology and everything is all mixed up and there are 2 different types of G+ pages that are local. I'm just afraid if you do it that way you'll end up with the OTHER one. So I think best to use the link I gave you to be sure you end up with a pure G+ Local page, the page that used to be called a Place page.
No that's done through G+ profile and G+ Business page.
But I'd set up the Place page 1st. Then be sure you don't verify the G+ page because that will trigger the merge. AND there is a bug now where sometimes it tells you you can't even edit the G+ page unless you verify. So it acts like it's forcing you to verify even if you don't want to.
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