Are you receiving phone calls telling you your Google Local Business listing is going to be suspended?
f you are a small business owner and have a local business you are probably receiving numerous phone calls from telemarketers and automated robo calls regarding your Google Places listing, Google Plus Local, Google business listing and as of July it is now called Google Mybusiness.
Although it is called many different names, your Google business listing is what appears in the search results with the tear drop or button to the right and usually connects to your website.
This is where your reviews appear and if you have 5 reviews you will see the stars.
Unfortunately, many of the phone callers are using misleading information or just plain lying through their teeth to try to scare small business owners and squeeze money from you regarding the current status of your all important Google Business Listing!
Some calls will tell you your Google listing is not verified and must be claimed or it will be deleted.
Do Not Fall For These Scam Artists!
How to avoid getting scammed when it comes to your Google Local business listing
First and foremost, never give any log in information to any telemarketer for your Google account. Once you do, you are giving them permission to go in and change your information.
Do not do business with anyone that claims to work directly with Google. It is deceptive and any credible local search service will never say that!
Is your local business listing verified through Google? If yes and they are telling you it needs to be verified, be aware!
Verify who you are dealing with by getting their company name, website, phone number and some credentials.
If your business is unclaimed, do not give them any information about your business and claim it yourself asap.
Beware of people making huge promises of page one rankings or scaring by telling you nobody can find you.
If you are serious about getting your business verified or optimized so it shows up on page 1 of Google in your local market, find a credible company yourself.
Yes, you need a Verified, well optimized Google Local Business Listing!
Claiming and verifying your Google local listing is absolutely a good idea if you want to get your business in front of more customers in the Google local search results.
In fact, over the years I have helped hundreds of small businesses get this done.
The problem is, hundreds of scam artists and Local SEO services are using unscrupulous tactics to scare small business owners into using their services to fix a problem that may not even exist.
Worse yet, they are leading you to believe that your Google business listing is going to be deleted or suspended if you do not take action now!
Of course for a fee they will fix it right away!
Have you been a victim from one of these Google Business Listing Phone Calls?
If you fell victim to one of these telemarketing scams or have questions regarding your Google Business listing, feel free to contact me for a free consultation.
Jeffrey Taylor – Local SEO Specialist
St Augustine FL
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