Park Business Can't Get Google Local Listing

Dec 28, 2012 • 8:23 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

parkA kayaking company that offers kayak rentals and guided tours out of Brackett's Landing Park in Washington, is upset because he wants to verify his Google Local business but since he doesn't have a physical business address in the park, he cannot mail a PIN to that park's address.

He runs the business outside of his house and that is where all the bills, legal work, etc go. But the business operates and serves clients in the park. The park is the place he wants to be found.

The deal is, he is out of luck.

(1) You need to be a business of operation where anyone can walk in during business hours and not have to schedule an appointment.

(2) You need a physical address at the location you want to be verified.

But as Michael Blumenthal said, Google does make exceptions and you can try by emailing Google at this form.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

Image credit to BigStockPhoto for park image.

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Eric Rohrback

12/28/2012 02:43 pm

Technically I think they could if it was verified out of their house and set a service area where they want to target, and hide the physical address from the maps. Obviously this isn't the most idea situation and really not what they really want, but they could potentially have a listing if they take that route (but they won't get exactly what they want).

Ben Donahower

12/28/2012 11:27 pm

As you noted, this defeats a fair part of the purpose.

Steven Lockey

01/02/2013 04:17 pm

Its a fine line between allowing businesses like this and stopping the spammers.

Marcos Maiero

01/04/2013 02:38 pm

I've set up businesses like this before.

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