Difference Between Google+, Google Places, and Google Business

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I did a post last week about Google My Business and how beneficial it can be for your business, regardless of your industry. If you have had a business name for some time, Google will automatically make a business page for you and then it's up to you to either claim the page or create a new one. But I also noticed that a lot of people didn't understand the difference between Google business, Google places, and Google+. Yes, it is confusing, but let me see if I can break this down a little bit better.


Google Places for Business – basically this is the prerequisite for what are now termed as just Google My Business or GMB. This is where you could look up a business by the Google maps or even Google+ and find phone numbers, a website, reviews, and directions. But now, places have moved into Google My Business, which allows for all of these features.

If are going to play in the Google sandbox we have to play by their rules, and unfortunately means adapting to changes, updates, algorithm shifts.google plus

Google+ was really Google's response to Facebook. They wanted to create their own social network to connect all Google users. If you have a Google+ account you could create a Google My Business page but now it's just another feature of the "dashboard". Your business, as well as your personal Google+ account, can share posts and pictures and interact with groups and communities of similar interests. Google+ works very similarly to most social networks and if you have a Google account, a Google my business account, or even a Gmail address, you're probably already a part of Google+. But, just because you have one of these accounts, doesn't mean you necessarily have a My Business page.


"As a first time home purchaser, I was initially overwhelmed by the process necessary to go through buying a home. Erika Phelan of the Buyers Broker of Florida helped each and every step of the way to ensure that I found a house that I loved and that the process was as easy as possible. " - Google Review About Orlando Buyers Broker Erika Phelan


As I mentioned in the previous post, you'll want to verify your location. Most businesses have a location, whether it's a home office or business setting. If you are unsure your business has a My Business page, Google the address or your business name, or you can search for the address on Google maps. If you find your address you can claim your listing. If someone else already has your listing, you can claim a new page through your own name (this works when there are multiple agents in the same office with the same address).

Once you have claimed and verified your listing either by phone, text, email, or snail mail, you'll want to add as much information as possible. Add images, phone numbers, hours, descriptions and virtual tours. You'll also want to collect reviews and Google does take this into account for your SEO. Customers are greatly influenced by those reviews. If you have some crazy person that you've never done business with give you a one star or perhaps review a different agent in your office, you'll want to quickly resolve this by responding to the reviewer. Either mentioned that you are not the agent that is getting the review or kindly asked them to remove. If you have a legitimate negative review, I urge you to quickly respond and resolve any issues before more potential buyers find a negative mark on your Google My Business page.


"What can I say!!!! I was looking for a last-minute buyer's agent to visit an open house the very next day. It was 8:30 pm the day before and I found him on Google with some really good reviews. " - About Bruce Simon West Bloomfield Michigan


Google my businessWhile both Google My Business/places and Google + are both for desktop, mobile is using these more than ever, specifically the GMB. Mobile is crucial and if you've been approved for mobile indexing, which is random, verify that your website is mobile compliant because the more mobile compliant see your website produces, the higher chances of it showing up on the first page of Google on mobile devices.

Now more than ever people are referring to Google for everything including how to contact a company, reviews, and directions. They'll find pretty much everything they need right from the search engine results page, so it only makes sense that what they find is accurate, impressive, and worthy of a call to action.


More Resources:

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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

As always love your posts Tammy Emineth  you are the BEsT

Sep 05, 2018 12:34 PM #22
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

I will have to save this Tammy and address it at a later date.  But thanks for the post, this is really useful.  Best wishes.

Sep 05, 2018 02:12 PM #23
Missy Banks
Allen Tate Real Estate | AgentBecky.com | MissyBanks.com - Charlotte, NC

Thank you!  Doesn't seem like google plus really took off.

Sep 05, 2018 02:58 PM #24
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Thank you for the information and clarification. It's helpful to have a quick summary. Have a great day.

Sep 06, 2018 04:19 AM #25
Annelle Morgan

Follow this blog

Sep 06, 2018 06:11 PM #26
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have bookmarked this post and will be going through it again.  You have really helped me get a better grasp on this google stuff!  I have a gmail email (one of a few), and Google+ and claimed my information ... this can be a bit confusing!  Thank you Tammy Emineth 

Sep 06, 2018 08:49 PM #27
Don Wede
Heartland Funding Inc. - Spring Valley, IL
A company that buys houses in Illinois

Google is still king of the hill.


Sep 07, 2018 04:43 AM #28
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Thanks for sharing this relative info about google. We're all just trying to keep up with these changes and you've been very helpful in offering a clear explanation.

Sep 07, 2018 05:25 AM #29
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

GMB has the potential to help you reach new customers who otherwise might not have heard of you—and make sure they’re getting the right information.

Sep 07, 2018 06:58 AM #30
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Very informative!  A lot of information to keep track of.  Thanks

Sep 07, 2018 08:30 AM #31
Youree Lundy
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty - Orlando, FL
Your Realtor For Life

Thank you so much Tammy Emineth for this information.  I saved your previous post, but I did not clearly understand what to do.  I am all set up now.

Sep 07, 2018 08:33 AM #32
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Very good information, thanks for  sharing.  I will also bookmark for later.

Sep 07, 2018 08:38 AM #33
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

The first thing we did when we got a new website was make sure that it was mobile friendly.  There are so many people who will stumble across your website on a phone or a tablet. 

Sep 07, 2018 03:11 PM #34
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I thought I was already following you, but apparently I was not.  I have seen a couple of great reblogs lately and I am now following you and look forward to reading your posts!

Sep 08, 2018 08:05 AM #35
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA


What a wealth of information.

Thank you for all of your informative posts.

Sep 08, 2018 09:01 AM #36
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Finally got my biz page corrected after much effort.  Snail mail did the trick with the verification.   Thank you for your tips and tricks.  It's very difficult to rank anywhere the top of a page in Scottsdale.  LOADS of competition, but at least I can try!

Sep 09, 2018 04:41 PM #37
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

How timely. I was just trying to figure the differences myself, to create a biz page. I'm sending myself this post.

Sep 11, 2018 12:12 AM #38
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

This explains a lot and I thank you for the info.

Sep 11, 2018 04:32 AM #39
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Once again another great blog that we can all learn from.  Thanks for getting this information out.


Sep 12, 2018 04:19 PM #40
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

They all look so similar but they all are very different in key ways that seem kind of undefinable.

Sep 12, 2018 11:33 PM #41
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