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Google Makes Changes to GMB
Google Makes Changes to GMB

Google is going to positively apply an adjustment to Google My Business listings with distance basis service areas. The last remaining distance basis service areas are to be removed. Moving forward, service-area businesses currently based on a distance will be undoubtedly converted to the nearest named areas. Managers of Google My Business listings were affected by this change and have the opportunity to review these updates after logging into their account. If your listing were affected by this change you’ll see an “Update from Google” notification at the top of the page next time you log in tab. From there, you will have the option to accept the changes made by Google or provide a new service area based on city, ZIP code. This is not at all a sudden change, as Google had been in the process of phasing out distance-based service areas since the last year. Google is making a shift in order to entertain businesses that provide service outside of a given distance from where they are physically located. This change is also a better option for businesses that do not serve customers at their physical locations. Businesses have been cheered to apply the changes on their own and were given a fair amount of time to do so. Now, Google is forcing the changes on any listings that still have distance-based service areas. This change will not affect how listings appear in search results. Though it would be a better option to review Google’s changes in order to ensure your listing shows up in the area where you serve customers.

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