Google displays wrong information under your Google Places “At a glance”? Find out why and how to fix it
Google Places has been around for quite some time. Since my first post about how to use Google Places to your local business advantage, there have been questions regarding the accuracy of the information displayed under the “At a Glance” section on the Google Places page. For many people/websites, the descriptive terms are insufficient; for others, they are inaccurate and sometimes to the point of providing incorrect information that the owners have never provided while listing their businesses on Google Places.
How does that happen?
Google Places descriptive terms come from an automatic process (via programming algorithm) of gathering, processing and selecting information about your business from different online sources, then displaying the summary of one to five key terms. The sources can be your own website or any online directories, forums, blog posts, articles, reviews or comments (posted by yourself or by others about your business); they can be anything, from anyone online. Thus, it’s possible and quite common that the information displayed is not positive, not correct and doesn’t fully reflect what your business is really about.