Google Places / Local Business Management Update

Jan 30, 2013 • 8:44 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google+ LocalLast night, Google's Jade Wang announced in the Google Business Help forum that they have made an update to the area businesses can maintain and update their Google Places / Local Listing in Google Maps.

Jade said the changes are around the "verification and editing experience for users managing pages in Google+ (in the Local Business or Place category)."

Specifically what was changed includes:

  • better status updates that tell business owners if their edits are pending or rejected
  • progress bar to help business owners fill out the most essential information
  • can now add categories via Google+
  • updated look and feel (tell us what you think!)

Mike shared a screen shot of the new editor:

Google Places Local Business Management Update

Forum discussion at Google Business Help.

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Joe Youngblood

01/30/2013 05:11 pm

so basically they fixed problems that weren't really problems?

Rank Watch

01/30/2013 05:37 pm

Its nice to see Google always improving the bits and pieces of its already well known and used services. They always strive for near perfection if not perfection. They strive for improvement and enhancement of a product all the time and never think that a product is complete.

Ian Smith

01/31/2013 12:32 am

Emmmmmm. What nonsense. This system has been broken for many, many months ans as Joe says below "they fixed problems that weren't really problems". What about the other absurdities still plaguing this system?

Dario Petkovic

01/31/2013 02:10 am

I can't say that I've seen any difference in Google Places for a local business I look after down in Sydney. The big G still has the mistake on the page that they admitted to saying that the page is under 'pending, being reviewed' where it's actually live. Here's the email I got from Google places:


01/31/2013 10:42 am

Google will have to do something amazing in local search to beat Graph, the beta version is already streaks ahead


01/31/2013 12:43 pm

Google will have to do something amazing in local.

Etienne Dupuis

01/31/2013 01:43 pm

Wow, have you been using Google Local/Place? It's the worst system Google has. It's buggy and confusing. They need to clarify and fix the system asap, GUI improvement is not what I am looking for.


01/31/2013 02:06 pm

sounds amazing,really great improvement in the Google Places,the updated look & feel seems to be great...


01/31/2013 02:42 pm

Google places are barely about local business listings anymore. They are more about G+ and its ever failing user base.

Thenet Ireland

01/31/2013 03:13 pm

thank you very much for the update.. i know that the pending issue is always a bone of contention with some of my customers

Ian Smith

01/31/2013 03:27 pm

Agreed Etienne !!


02/02/2013 10:05 am

Thanks for the update, it is very useful to me. good topic, ....

Local Search HQ

02/06/2013 11:17 am

There are now bigger status updates for if Google places tells a business buyer if the edits which accept been agitated out are awaiting or rejected. There is now a progress bar which has been placed to advice business owners complete and ample out the capital information

Marc Poulin

02/07/2013 10:40 pm

It is about time this service shows improvements. And there is still a lot of room for more!

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