Like always I'm trying to keep you up to date.
One of my Google Places Unleashed customers just contacted me saying that since this morning he can't verify his listing by phone anymore.
I wouldn't believe him - so I went ahead and created a listing real quick.
It turns out that he's right, the option to verify by phone is gone! (at least for now, let's see what Google comes up with)
This means a lot of things, especially for the advanced guys that created and verified listings for multiple cities.
One thing that this affects is obviously time. Now if you create a new listing for your client, you'll have to wait 2-4 weeks for them just to get the postcard - and hope it doesn't and up in the gatekeeper's trash can.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
To your success,
Okay so here it goes:
I've just read a post on blumenthals where he pointed out the following comment from the Google Places team on the official forum:
I understand there have been some recent questions about verification methods. If a business is new to Google, certain verification methods may be unavailable depending on the information provided for the business.
So it seems like the phone verification is gone most of the time for brand new listings and let's be honest, just like always with Google, one has no clue what exactly the information is that they want to see that makes a listing trustworthy.
So let the games begin and find out
Will do some testing, set up a couple of test listings and see if something triggers the phone verification.