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Validating Google Local Listings



8:18 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Could someone that has added their business to Google Local before and has received a validation postcard please explain to me how the process works?

If I add a business the validation postcard will go to the address of the business but does that mean that business owner will need to know my Google login and Password to validate the listing or does the user go to a different page and simply enter the validation information?



11:48 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This doesn't answer the question directly,....but in each case I validated from the site/phone number for the business. Google phones in an answer immediately. I mean IMMEDIATELY. Could take 1/10 of a second.

So be prepared.

Just checked w/someone who validated via postcard for a client...and the postcard delivery to the SEO/advertising firm took a couple of weeks.


12:37 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I too did the postcart and they sent it within two weeks. It just has a PIN on it. However, the postcard also got lost before i was able to use it, and when I went to the site to re-send it, I saw the option to validate by phone, and that took 30 seconds. 29 seconds involved using the right phone (there were two lines at the business).

Good luck!


1:32 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks earlpearl and equalm.

Does this also mean that when a user gets the postcard they need to login to Google Local(http://local.google.com/)and verify it there or somewhere else?

If the user needs to verify at [local.google.com...] they need login details correct?

Sorry if this is a silly question just want to understand it all.



3:37 pm on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi GGavalas,
You will need to log in to your account and enter the PIN.
I have the client phone me with the PIN and enter the numbers myself. If they chose to maintain their own Google account then I help guide them through the process.
I always prefer the phone verification option when it is allowed.
Good luck.


12:01 am on Dec 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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GamMasterM thanks you ahve answered my questions :)

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