If you have ever dealt with Google Places in any way you know how it can a maddening experience. As soon as there seems to be a semblance of calm and normality there is a sudden suspension of a listing, or a merge of two listings happens or Google just decides to replace your data with “new” data it dredged up from a data warehouse. Many local marketers and SEO professionals are likely to be cringing right now as they recall a moment from the past when that type of occurrence was all too present. Sorry about that ;-).
Well, Google is at least trying to help businesses with at least 10 locations (considered the low end limit) by introducing a new bulk upload tool. It’s best for you to watch the tutorials that Google has prepared and posted on their Small Business blog
First, this tutorial is for those who are new users:
Now, here is a tutorial for those who already have verified listings
If you didn’t watch those videos here is a list of what the tool can do:
-Edit one or more of your listings’ data at once
-Search through your listings, filtering by specific information or for listings with errors
-Upload new listings using a data file or by adding them individually within the interface
-Tell us how we can improve this new interface by clicking the “Give Feedback” link
Well, all we can say is good luck with managing your Google Places listings. It’s a game that has turned more than one SEO into a quivering mass of protoplasm. Good times. Good times.