Edit listings and report problems in more countries!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | 4:35 PM

I'm excited to let you know that you can now edit listings and report problems in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Singapore.

How can you do this? It's simple! When you see incorrect information appearing for a business listing in your area, simply edit it directly on Maps by clicking the Edit Details or Edit this place links on the Place page or report a problem with it by clicking on the Report a problem link.

Learn more by visiting this help article. You can also check out our Hotpot Blog post on Keeping Google Places up to date.

- Keli

Scheduled downtime November 15, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010 | 12:08 PM

Please note the following scheduled downtime for Google Places, Tags, & Boost

  • Monday, November 15, 2010010 at 4p PDT, 7p EDT for approximately 1 hour
We appreciate your patience.

Scheduled downtime October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Please note the following scheduled downtime for Google Places, Tags, & Boost

  • Tuesday, October, 26, 2010 at 4pm PDT, 7pm EDT
We appreciate your patience!

How to Update Business Listings in Scandinavia

Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 7:46 AM

If you are a Nordic business owner, we want to let you know that we’re aware of the difficulties you're currently experiencing regarding inaccurate business information in your listing. Please bear with us - we’re looking into the matter and working to resolve it as quickly as possible. In the meantime, here are a few actions you can take to correct your free business listings.

Business owners in Sweden and Finland (and many other countries) should claim their existing listing or add a new listing for their business through Google Places. Verifying your free business listing allows you not only to ensure that accurate information appears on your business’ Place page, but also to enhance your online presence by adding photos, videos, and even real-time updates like weekly specials to your Place page.

Here’s how to claim your business through Google Places.

1) Claim your listing in Google Places. More information is available in our Finnish Help Center and Swedish Help Center.
2) Verify your listing by PIN (options are any of SMS/ Mail/ Phone) .
3) If you can verify by Phone or SMS, updates to your listing will go live within several hours. If you choose to receive your PIN by mail, you must wait for the postcard to arrive in standard mail so verification may take several weeks.

If you’re a business owner, use the Report a Problem to report any listing information that is incorrect:

If you’re not the business owner of a listing, but would still like to correct inaccurate data, please review some of the following options, such making direct edits to listings that have not been claimed or verified:
Once we review your submissions or edits, the update to the listing will go live in a few weeks.
We appreciate your patience!

Edits now require approval before going live

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 4:37 PM

We recently made a change to Google Maps to require all community edits to be reviewed before they are shown. In the past, some "pending" edits were shown immediately on Maps and only moderated (and sometimes denied) later on.

We're taking this step to ensure that changes to Google Maps pass the high quality bar our users expect, while preventing SPAM and other problems from showing up before being reviewed first.

We want to empower you to be a valuable local expert by making it easy to fix and report problems you find on Google Maps. We realize it is inconvenient to wait for edits to be reviewed, and we are working hard to streamline our review process to reduce this waiting period.

Thanks for your patience, and for sharing your local expertise with the world!

New! Bulk Upload Templates

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 1:18 PM

Did you know that you can now download Google Docs templates for your bulk uploads?

Visit this FAQ for more information!

Google's 'Football Fever

| 10:40 AM

People all over Europe already use Google Maps to search for pubs, bars and restaurants in their local area. And with football’s (soccer, to all you Americans) biggest event fast approaching, millions of fans will be looking for the perfect venue to enjoy the tournament. So this could be the perfect time to create your entry on Google Maps for free.

Join the Google ‘Football Fever’ campaign by putting your business on Google Maps today to make the most of national football fever. You can include information about your pub, restaurant or bar, opening hours and even the matches that you’ll be showing at your venue.

• Let potential customers know your address, a description of your business, photographs of your venue and the matches they can catch there.
• More customers and more revenue, but this amazing service won’t cost you a penny.
• Sign up to the Google Maps campaign now and let people find you right in time for the games.
• You don’t even need to have a website to be on Google Maps.

To really score this summer, simply sign on to Google Places

Make sure you join before June 11 to be certain your local football-loving customers can find you in time for their big match.

Have fun and all the best!