Are you having trouble with your business listing being marked “permanently closed” on Google? This is actually a fairly common problem, especially for local businesses that have relocated.
So, what is a business owner to do when its customers are faced with an ugly, red sign on Google that reads “permanently closed”? Our South Florida digital marketing agency, Tandem Interactive, has put together a set of tips on how to remove “permanently closed” from a business listing on Google.
Tip #1: Update your business name, address and phone number in your Google My Business dashboard to reflect current contact information.
Tip #2: Search for and claim duplicate listings. This tip is often overlooked by clients who don’t understand why their business is showing as “permanently closed” on Google when they’ve already updated their verified Google My Business page. It usually means there’s ANOTHER listing that Google is pulling search results from. So, claim all duplicate listings of your business and update with the current address.
Tip #3: Contact Google My Business and ask their support team to mark an old location as “moved”, which is a new feature that is available. Local SEO experts suggest reaching out to them via Twitter for a faster, more effective response. By doing this, an old listing will eventually disappear from Google Search and Maps; and Google will implement a 302 HTTP status code that will redirect customers to a new location.
For more information on managing your local business listing on Google and how you can optimize your business’ opportunity in Google Local Search, contact trendy online marketing agency, Tandem Interactive, today.