Google Places is adding competitors link in clients "Menu"

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I was absolutely dumb founded when I began noticing my offline competitors links showing up in customers Google Places Pages. The clients category is there, then there is a Menu item which is an offline competitor and then the customer's hours. Has any one handled this sucessfully with google??

I mean did the person just forget giving permission to singlepage. and there seems to be no way to remove it.

Rose Petals Florist

How do I get this removed, this is not showing in the places admin. Now that I am looking this is appearing in all sorts of sites??????

I would appreciate any input you can give.


Thanks,

Brad Dixon
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  • Profile picture of the author ccstudio
    Posted on singlepage menu - Disclaimer: Always check with the business for pricing and availability of menu items. SinglePlatform is not responsible for menu or pricing changes, but the information is believed to be accurate when posted. Listing of a menu does not mean that there is any affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship between SinglePlatform and the listed business.
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    • Profile picture of the author UsmanShahid
      He is absolutely right

      Originally Posted by ccstudio View Post

      Posted on singlepage menu - Disclaimer: Always check with the business for pricing and availability of menu items. SinglePlatform is not responsible for menu or pricing changes, but the information is believed to be accurate when posted. Listing of a menu does not mean that there is any affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship between SinglePlatform and the listed business.
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  • Profile picture of the author ccstudio
    And now check out this Google Places Policy Change. You may need to hide your address in your listing. Why You May Need To Hide Your Google Places Address ASAP | SEOmoz

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  • Profile picture of the author ccstudio
    Yeah but I mean how can they do that, the bottom line is they are trying to offer my clients their services. if you link to their menu page you are one click to their sales page. the client doesnt remember authorizing and I don't think they did from what I am seeing on just a brief search of places.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen
    Originally Posted by ccstudio View Post

    I was absolutely dumb founded when I began noticing my offline competitors links showing up in customers Google Places Pages. The clients category is there, then there is a Menu item which is an offline competitor and then the customer's hours. Has any one handled this sucessfully with google??

    I mean did the person just forget giving permission to singlepage. and there seems to be no way to remove it.

    Rose Petals Florist

    How do I get this removed, this is not showing in the places admin. Now that I am looking this is appearing in all sorts of sites??????

    I would appreciate any input you can give.


    Thanks,

    Brad Dixon
    Hi Brad,

    To update the situation with the Places page for my client, Rose Petals Florist, for which you put a link to their places page:

    Their page disappeared on March 27. After lots of angst and posting a question asking for help in the Google for Business forum, and following advice obtained there on how to submit a request for the Google Places team to take a look at the situation (of the disappeared places page), the places page for Rose Petals Florist reappeared on April 2.

    It's updated street address was not yet showing.

    This morning the updated street address was showing.

    Now, this afternoon, the Menu: singlepage . com links are back in the places page.

    To further make us nervous about the situation with the places page is that someone who did not identify themself at all called the florist about an hour and a half ago, when the florist answered by stating her business name, the caller said "Where are you located?". The business owner replied, "Who is this?" The caller repeated "Where are you located?", business owner again said "Who is this?", and the caller hung up.

    Business owner called the number she saw on caller ID back, and it was Google.

    Now, we're in a state of worry again about the fate of the places page.

    I added an update to the thread that we started at the google forum, to say that the place page had reappeared on April 2, but then described the telephone call incident. We asked for advice from the person at the forum that had helped previously. He said it could be a problem, and to post the link to the florist's places page and he would contact google.

    Never ending nervousness caused by google places these last couple of weeks.



    I'm posting this particularly to give anyone with a places page a heads up, if someone calls and asks where you are located, or what is your address, quick give it to them, in case it's google. Seems they don't waste any time with those calls. Get your accurate info to them before they hang up on you.

    Karen
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by Karen View Post

      , if someone calls and asks where you are located, or what is your address, quick give it to them, in case it's google.

      well if you follow that advice, cross your fingers that the unknown caller is not
      a scammer , thief, or some other nefarious individual.
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      • Profile picture of the author Excel Fields
        Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

        well if you follow that advice, cross your fingers that the unknown caller is not
        a scammer , thief, or some other nefarious individual.

        I totally agree Ken, ANYONE can set up a fake caller ID.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Squid
    This is the start of a very long and cumbersome decent of google as the industry leader. They are too spread out, they've got their hands in everything now...even new eye-wear of recent!

    They just can't give what users really want: the most relevant search results without all the hyper bells and whistles. In addition, they are pissing of marketers, and leaving a very bad after-taste. They are not creating brand loyalty. Instead, they are setting up some very big and ominous walls of internet protocol, giving us the feeling of being trapped...USSR anybody?
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