Please, Google - Stop those annoying phone calls - the truth

Not all phone calls from people claiming to be associated with Google are legitimate. 

The only noes you may receive a phone call from Google to verify your business  (probably after you requested verification) or to confirm business details for Google Maps, or a call from a Google account manager, following up, one whom you’ve spoken with before.

Learn more about reporting and protecting yourself from robocalls

Google does NOT:

  • charge for inclusion in Google My Business or in Google Search.
  • offer to improve your search ranking or manage your business’s online profile.
  • ask you for your password or verification code. You should never provide sensitive information about your account (like your password and verification code) to a caller.

If you receive a robocall—a call placed with a recorded voice—for any of the above reasons, it is not from Google. The Federal Trade Commission has established a Robocalls resources website with additional information about robocalls and steps you can take if you receive one.

Learn more about avoiding scams

How to get your business verified on Google!

Here is a link (click here).

Once you’ve verified your business information, updates you make to your local business—such as contact details, description, photos, business hours—are eligible to show up on Google Maps and other Google properties.

Before you add a local business, make sure that your business:

  • Meets Google's guidelines.
  • Has a mailing address or serves customers at its location(s). If you’d like to promote a brand, product, organization, or any other entity without an address, create a brand pageinstead.

Mirella's Fine Cakes and Pastries

Click the image to see the Google Street View | Trusted tour

Click the image to see the Google Street View | Trusted tour

I love it when a plan comes together!  The goal – improve the online personality for a fine local bakery using the Google Trusted Photographer program to create business photos in the Google My Business View program. These 360 degree panorama’s show up in Google Search, Google Map, and Google+ locations (and more).  Now, after the publishing of the business photos, notice the box which shows up to the right of the search results. .Pretty kewl, huh?