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Google Places vs. Google+ Local for Business

Confused about how Google Places is different from Google+ Local? You aren’t alone. Do you need one, both, or neither? Google hasn’t made it easy for small, local businesses to understand, and it’s left many frustrated and annoyed. Let’s clear up the confusion.

placesWhat is Google Places for Business?

Google Places is the information that a search engine receives and uses when listing your business. A search engine will probably already have your business listed in results, but your Google Places page allows you to control what information Google has and presents to searchers about your business. You can fill in your Places page with information like a description, images, hours of operation, and contact information.

You manage all of this information in your Google Places dashboard, so you can change it anytime you wish. You have to sign up for Google Places here, fill in your information, and then verify your account – you have to verify either by phone or by mail, which Google will walk you through, and then you’re set to go and start taking control of your brand.

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