Local Search Expert
- Jun 28, 2012
- Reaction score
It always seemed odd to me that when you found a map result, there was no link to the G+ L page right on the listing. Now those of us in the know, realized if you clicked reviews or write a review it would take you to the G+ L page. BUT not sure how many users knew you could get there that way.
Well today it was discovered in our PRO Community, those links are now gone too!
Now there is NO direct way to click from a maps listing to the G+ L page.
This will severely hamper our work flow and create lots of extra clicks and waste time!
HACK INSIDE & BELOW for getting to the G+ L page from maps now.
But it's a pain!
Discovered and shared by Nicolai Helling. Here is his post at the PRO Community.
<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NicolaiHelling/posts/HqysdWZiabo">No link to G+ Local Page on Google Maps anymore? One more reason for Google+ My?</a>
One more reason for Google+ My Business Page Finder
I just recently discovered that the direct link from the "x reviews" or "Be the first to review" does no longer lead to the G+ Local Page as it had for the last 1-2 years. From now on it takes you to the Google websearch page with an automatically opened review lightbox.
Are others seeing this too?
Nicolai Helling later said:
"I just found a way to get the G+ Local page url for the case, when no review has been written so far (apart from using the above cited tool).
Just hit the link "Be the first to write a review" and make sure you're NOT logged in into Google. This will prompt you with the login form. Look at the url of the login form, it will feature the G+ Local page url right after the parameter named "&continue="
Let's wait how long that keeps working..."
Joy Hawkins said:
"Oh geeze. Clicking on the reviews takes me now to a Google Search results page and THEN I can click on the G+ page from there. How annoying."
Linda Buquet said:
"Annoying is right!!! Helmut escalated to Google and we are waiting for a reply. Thanks for the hack +Nicolai Helling More mousing, dragging, copying and pasting for me. Damn!
I don't understand why the maps result can't just give you a link to the G+ L page if you want additional info. Wouldn't that be useful to the user???"
View the rest of the discussion there and I know other pros will be weighing in throughout the day.
I'll keep you posted if Google gives us anything I can share. It's always possible it's a temporary glitch. But the way they keep taking features away, I kinda doubt it.
I'm pretty sure I know what's coming. Something like "We are continuously changing the way we display things in search, to create a better user experience."
What do you think???