Google Places is Dead Long Live Google+ Local

Philip Molden Jun 1 2012

When Google+ and Google+ Pages for business were introduced a little less than a year ago many people in the local search arena began anticipating the day when Google would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages. Well, today is that day.

Google Places pages have been entirely replaced by new Google+ Local pages. As of this morning roughly 80 million Google Place pages worldwide have been automatically converted into 80 million Google+ Local pages, according to Google's Marissa Mayer. It's a dramatic change (for the better) though it will undoubtedly disorient some users and business owners.

Google controls 65% of the search engine results so if you want to be included in those results immediate action is required.

This is probably one of the biggest events to happen for business on the internet for the past five years.....

You will need to claim your pageYou will need to update your pageYou will need to keep your page updatedYou will need to put new content onLinks on your web site and from other parties


  • Google will be indexing the Google+pages,

  • Google already puts these results first, always on page 1,

  • Because your competitors will be doing all of the above

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