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HOW “MOVED” BUSINESSES CAN CLOSE THEIR OLD BUSINESS LISTING MARKED AS “PERMANENTLY CLOSED”

In last couple of years, there have been some reports doing rounds in media circles, that there are quite a few businesses who have issues with their Google Search listings being shown in searches as “Permanently Closed”.

This indicates that a business has either closed down or moved their business location to a new place.  In case, relocating businesses fail to update their NAP (Name, Address and Phone Number) citations in the Google My Business search listings then the relevant Google searches serve a big, red “Permanently Closed” notice to the searchers; instead of showing their new business address.

The existing issue concerns many such businesses and Google acknowledges this fact. It is, in fact, trying to fix the issue through Google My Business support.

Hardly reported in media circles, the solution to the existing issue that concerns most businesses lies in the Google Map based feature called “Moved”.

Why does the problem arise in the first place?

The problem arises when a business relocates to a new place without updating the new business address to its Google My Business Page. Google on its part, instructs the moving business to update its new business location as that will enable it to be in touch with its business contacts, photos, reviews, followers and other business related information.

More often than not, businesses are hardly aware or forget to update their business listings on Google’s My Business dashboard. As a result, many such relocated businesses forget to claim their business listings and often end up being listed as Closed, since they don’t following the Map Maker’s rule that informs businesses to close listings before relocating.

How you can fix it

As a business owner, if you’re thinking of relocating or have relocated and are facing the same problem, then just follow these simple steps to successfully update Google with your new search listings. First and foremost, contact Google My Business Team through their Twitter handle rather than contacting them over the phone. After connecting with them via Twitter, ask them to mark your old business listing status as “Moved” which is not the same as “Permanently Closed” business status.

There are many such businesses that have little or no information about this existing business status, which doesn’t have any reference either in Google My Business support center. It is available only on Google Maps and not on the Map Maker help page.

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Changes that occur while Google updates your listing as Moved

So, now, you know how to mark your business listing as “Moved”. After a couple of days, you’ll notice the below changes once Google updates your business listing.

  1. This will erase your Google Search and Google Maps listings completely, making it impossible to find it in the searches.
  2. The removal of your listing will also terminate the “Permanently Closed” message, making it completely disappear from Google searches.
  3. Google uses a 302 HTTP status code to set up Google Maps URL to display your old business location. Your online visitor will be redirected to the new business location when he stumbles upon the Maps URL related to the old business location.
  4. As a part of the moving process, your old business reviews from the closed business listings are redirected to your new business listings. Just double check the entire process if that doesn’t happen.
  5. It is impossible to track your previous Map Maker business listings without making use of the direct URL that uses your business related CID number. Hence, your previous business listing will sport a “Permanently Closed” status instead of displaying the “Moved” status on the Map Maker.

This is where Google is trying to fix the issue that will enable a business to edit through Google Maps. If that happens, then it will save businesses a lot of time which gets used up while trying to reach Google My Business support center to get things done.

As seen in the screenshot below, Google Maps sports a “Moved” button that comes under “Suggest an Edit” section, which enables the user to update their new business information.

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As mentioned above, you may not accomplish your task by simply hitting the “Moved elsewhere” button, since that may trigger the “Permanently closed” label to completely disappear from the searches. And if you do press the button, then it will only display the little red banner with the “Relocated” message as seen in the image below.

Here you can see, your Google Maps and search result listings now sport a massive red label marked as “Closed”.

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This is how you need to initiate the process which will hopefully help a lot of struggling businesses that are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

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GOOGLE ROLLS-OUT A MUCH IMPROVED VERSION OF MYMAPS APP

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Seems like the search giant is currently in redemption mode and that’s the reason why it is continuously rebuilding and relaunching its existing array of services. The latest to join the list of revamped Google services is the MyMaps app. And if you haven’t heard about it in a long time, it’s a standby app version of Google Maps which enables users to conceive and share custom maps.

Nevertheless, it is a great concept which can act as your trip planner and double up as a social mapping tool to help you save your favorite locations for repeated use. But since it’s a standby app for Google Maps, it may not get the desired response.

So, all that’s new with the latest version of the app as compared to its previous version is listed below:

  • A new and improved User Interface
  • New and updated Welcome Guide
  • Fast/Superior Performance
  • Integrated Directions
  • New and updated Street View Imagery

If you’re a regular MyMaps app user then you’ll be able to acknowledge these improvements from its previous version. But the app with its above inclusions, functions the same way as its previous version did and can’t be compared to the much richer and utilitarian version of Google Maps.

Besides that, you can use it online as Personal Maps or the mobile version of MyMaps which comes under the Your Places tab on Google Maps. For the time being, it is the best way in which you can make use of the limited range of MyMaps app.

Having said that, there’s much more you can do with the MyMaps app’s new features which will come to the fore only if you explore its capabilities.

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NOW GOOGLE MAPS TO PREDICT YOUR NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION

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Do you always feel hard done by traffic or climatic conditions that act as spoilsports in your travel plans? Then just ask Google for Help! Google is now adding a new feature to Google Maps that will assist you in your travel plans. It will allow Google Maps to provide you with predictions, based on prevailing traffic conditions, on whether it is the right time to travel to a particular destination or not.

To get started, all you need to do is tap on Google Maps’ Search option and it will display some useful information pertaining to your travel destination. This information includes ETAs and Nearby Gas Prices for that particular area.

This is possible because the search giant makes use of a user’s travel information, and on the basis of the travel search history it comes up with its travel predictions.

For instance, based on your home and work location history, Google will alert you with ETAs. So if you’ve allowed Google Maps to access your location, then it will offer you suggestions on the basis of your past sojourns.

Besides that, Google tracks your previous Google Maps searches and comes up with those useful suggestions once you set yourself up in driving mode.

About Google Maps’ latest update, Brian Ferris – Google’s Software Engineer, feels that it is a very useful update as it saves the user a lot of commuting time and traffic blues.

Google, as per its monogamous policy will roll-out the new Google Maps update to its first preferred, Android users. This will be followed-up with other platforms in the near future. But for the moment, it’s available to users in countries such as U.S., United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

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GOOGLE ROLLS-OUT MORE POPULAR “GOOGLE MAPS” INSTALLATION FOR iOS USERS

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Seems like Google is slowly but surely giving up its monogamous trait of competing with everyone. That’s the reason why even after its recent spat with Apple computers, it’s finally waking up to serve iOS users’ needs. Not just that, it recently pushed the next installation of iOS Maps to update its features which are more in line with its compatriot Android. The new update includes features such as offline maps & navigation, busiest store hours and gas prices.

While there are have been other useful mobile apps in the past that offered to show current gas prices, this recent update by Google adds more to your convenience and utility levels. It allows consumers to not only locate the nearest gas service station, but it also matches prices of various gas service providers in your area.

Another useful add-on that comes with the recent iOS Map update is the busiest store traffic hours, which previously supported only the Android version. The company fetches this data through random Google users who have opted to share their location data.

Amongst the three recent updates, Google offline maps & navigation is the most significant one. This pre-announced feature was rolled out last month on first preferential basis to android users and now finds its way to the iOS users as well.

The iOS Google Map users will now be able to download their desired map areas for offline access. This includes every relevant information along with turn-by-turn navigation based on the desired map content (including contact information, ratings and business hours) for a particular location. Let’s see what Google has to say about these recent map inclusions.

“You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping “Download” on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once downloaded, Google Maps will move into offline mode automatically when it recognizes you’re in a location with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route.”

Having said that, Google has pushed down these iOS Map updates amidst reports that Maps on the iOS platform are viewed 3 times more than Google Maps and that Apple have been getting more than 5 billion map-related requests on a weekly basis from its iOS users.

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