Nikki Stine

Member
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
61
Reaction score
40
I just heard someone say today that Google has stated they will remove GMB listings that remain unverified. In my searches I could only find something along these lines from way back in July of 2015.

Does anyone know if this is current practice, or just 'old news'? Based on all the unclaimed listings I see, I'm guessing it's not true.

Thanks for your expert advice!
 

Phil Rozek

Local Search Expert
Joined
Jul 26, 2012
Messages
1,885
Solutions
12
Reaction score
1,456
@Nikki Stine, Google did do a "spring cleaning" a while ago. But, as I recall, it was in the context of Google+: to remove a bunch of "local" Google+ pages that people created out of confusion.

Google still auto-generates plenty of GMB that businesses owners may or may not know about, and may or may not want, and those pages are common enough (as you said). Google doesn't seem to cull those spontaneously, especially when they're pages that Google (rather than a business owner) produced.

The good news is those unverified pages are easier to correct or to get removed via public edits.
 

Nikki Stine

Member
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
61
Reaction score
40
Thank you @Phil Rozek ! The way this removal was positioned was as a sales 'tactic' of sorts... to tell businesses they better claim their listings or else Google will remove them because they won't know if they are still in business.

It sounds like a more accurate position would be that it's best practice to claim a business listing to have some sort of control over the listing (and obviously take advantage of all the great/free features!).

Thanks for the feedback! This forum is really a great resource.
 

Colan Nielsen

Administrator
Moderator
LocalU Faculty
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Messages
3,766
Solutions
4
Reaction score
1,909
Thank you @Phil Rozek ! The way this removal was positioned was as a sales 'tactic' of sorts... to tell businesses they better claim their listings or else Google will remove them because they won't know if they are still in business.

Yes that is a common scam/scare tactic. Typically the company will charge the business a one-time fee to verify the listing.
 

JoyHawkins

Administrator
Administrator
Moderator
LocalU Faculty
Top Poster Of Month
Joined
Jul 18, 2012
Messages
4,083
Solutions
9
Reaction score
3,487
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Danish Blackmail Review (Asking money to remove it) | Google support does not wish to take it down Local Reviews 2
Nikki Stine Does Google remove erroneous reviews without being prompted? Local Reviews 4
Travis Van Slooten Does Google Blacklist Your Company If Your Google+ Local Page Has Been Removed? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
Lachlan_Wells Accept/Discard Google Updates - Does this feature work for you? NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 2
harmony How Does Google Choose Service Options in a Review? Local Reviews 6
NickB-Tampa Why does Google keep updating changing the main category on our listings to ones that don't make as much sense? NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 2
Steve Wiideman Does anyone have a Google My Business claiming best practice guide? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
djbaxter Google: Moz Spam Score, Domain Authority Does Not Impact Google Rankings Organic SEO 1
Y One of my rivals bought 5 stars 100 spam reviews in 2 weeks Google does not care Google My Business & Google Maps 1
Tony Wang Google now does food ordering Google My Business & Google Maps 2
K Map Pin Does Not Show When Business Owner Googles Their Address Google My Business & Google Maps 1
kathleen.rhodes Google's My Business Provider - how does a Chamber of Commerce sign up Help & Support for Google Local 6
djbaxter Google reminder: Structured Data Does Not Impact Ranking Organic SEO 0
M How Does Google Calculate Call Only Ad Charges? Paid Search and Local Service Ads 4
ashley.smith Does Google My Business prioritize reviews from Local Guides over other users? Local Reviews 7
P Does Google Use A SAB's Mobile Phone Location/s As A Signal? Local Search 7
M Does google piece together kw's from sentence? Organic SEO 4
Noelle Leahy Does responding to Google reviews in Dental Industry break Patient Confidentiality? Marketing 11
D Does Google Save Data on Unclaimed Listings? Google My Business & Google Maps 2
S Does Google penalize you for using the Event post hack to get your post to last more than 7 days? Google My Business & Google Maps 6
Kevin Marshall Does Using Fetch As Google and Requesting Indexing Have Any SEO Benefits? Local Search 7
G Does Google limit the amount of times you can change GMB listing? Google My Business & Google Maps 5
djbaxter Tracking Protection: What exactly does it block? Google Analytics? Organic SEO 0
A Sitemap.xml - Does Google add any new welinks that are posted here Organic SEO 1
Tim Colling Does Google care about unlicensed businesses that have Maps listings? Local Search 10
hollypowell How Does Google Not See This? It's Obvious SPAM In the Worst Way Google My Business & Google Maps 8
MiriamEllis Does Google 'My Places' Still Exist? Google My Business & Google Maps 2
Conor Treacy Decor vs D?cor. Does Google care? Organic SEO 6
H Does Google Search Console Show impressions and clicks from GMB? Local Search 4
Colan Nielsen Why the $%!# Does Google Keep Updating My Business Hours? (A Case Study) Google My Business & Google Maps 5
iwebresults phone google maps does not match google+ address Local Search 11
D Why does Google keep reverting my changes? Google My Business & Google Maps 12
Travis Van Slooten How Long Does It Take for New Google+ Pages to Go Live These Days? Google My Business & Google Maps 12
RR415 How does Google handle street name abbreviations? Local Search 4
L Does your presence in Google local pack have an effect on your organic ranking? Local Search 6
Linda Buquet How Big an Impact Does Social Media Play in Google Local Results? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
Lloyd Silver What benefits does a business get from Google Plus other than the local pack Google My Business & Google Maps 9
A Does a Personal Stylist Qualify for a Google+ Local Page Help & Support for Google Local 9
Linda Buquet Forrest Gump does Google Local, G+ for Dentists & More Local Search 0
H Under what circumstances does a google + widget appear? Google My Business & Google Maps 1
Dustybones Does Google have more verified business pages than Facebook? Google My Business & Google Maps 0
Dustybones Does Google Re-Write your title tags in search results? Local Search 4
J Client shows up in top 3 organically but does NOT have a Google balloon! Help & Support for Google Local 6
ColoradoChris Google plus local - added keyword, but now does NAP hurt me? Google My Business & Google Maps 23
Bishop Why does Google keep messing with my Places page? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
djbaxter What Google does with duplicate content: Nothing really Organic SEO 5
deanPlumberseo Google Maps Ads - What does it mean for us? Google My Business & Google Maps 3
djbaxter Google Penguin 2.0 Goes Deep - But What Does That Mean? Organic SEO 0
prota Does Google feed local data to other sources? Local Search 0
prota Does Google Devalue Citations Citations 9

Similar threads

Login / Register

Already a member?   LOG IN
Not a member yet?   REGISTER

Most UpVoted Answers

Trending: Most Viewed

LocalU Podcasts

  Promoted Posts

New advertising option: A review of your product or service posted by a Sterling Sky employee. This will also be shared on the Sterling Sky & LSF Twitter accounts, our Facebook group, LinkedIn, and both newsletters. More...
Google Product Exert


Top Bottom