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How to Delete Duplicate Google Plus Pages

Apr 17, 2014, 17:07 PM | Published under Google

***UPDATE This blog post was written in 2014. The process of deleting Google+ pages has changed since then. Please visit the following page for the updated procedures on how to delete duplicate Google+ pages in 2015.

Recently, I took all day to work on cleaning up duplicate Google plus pages for our clients. Specifically, I was trying to gain access to all duplicate and unverified google plus pages to either delete them or to verify and optimize them.

Why, you ask? Several reasons. First, when you verify a Google plus page it gives you control of what Google users see when they look for businesses that are related to yours. Chances are your business is on Google already, so why not be the one who’s in control of listing the hours of operation, the contact information, and perhaps most importantly, the reviews?

Also, if the business has a blog that gets used at all, you will want to verify their Google Plus account because that is the first step in setting up Google authorship, which is a great way to give weight to each blog entry in search engines.

So there is an email you can write to, [email protected], to get help with Google plus problems. If you ask them for access to a Google plus page you did not create they will send a notification to the creator of the page, letting him/her know that you are trying to access it. The only trouble is if that person doesn’t use that email anymore, ignores the request, or simply decides to refuses to cooperate, you have failed.

So if you are serious about claiming a Google plus page and deleting duplicates, you have got to get the business involved.Google Verification

If the Google+ page is for a business, and the creator has not verified affiliation with that the business, you can request verification, which means that Google will send a PIN via phone call or postcard to the business address or business phone number. The recipient will then give you the 

PIN to enter into the verification slot, or enter it himself. Then you have authority to delete the page, optimize it, or do whatever you want with it.

So let’s go through that process. First, go to the Google Plus page you want to access. Chances are if your client didn’t create the page, the page isn’t verified, so you will see a “Is this your business?” section. Click on the link in that section that reads, “Manage this page”.

Business GoogleYou will then be taken to a page that allows you to request a verification code. Or if one has been requested already, you can request another one. It will then take you to Google’s maps page with a list of businesses on the side that it thinks could be yours. If one of them is click on it, if not click on the last option, “No, these are not my businesses”

You then click the option to have Google send verification to the business. If you are doing this on behalf of the business be sure to notify the people at that location to look out for the call or the card, and then have them give you the PIN when they receive it so that you can enter it.

To enter the PIN go back to that plus page, and click on “Edit Code”, and simply enter the code. This will grant you all the benefits of having a verified Google plus page, including the ability to delete it.

If you have a business with a few unverified Google+ accounts pointing to your business, or if you want any SEO service at all, give us a call and see how we can help you!

***UPDATE This blog post was written in 2014. The process of deleting Google+ pages has changed since then. Please visit the following page for the updated procedures on how to delete duplicate Google+ pages in 2015.

Recently, I took all day to work on cleaning up duplicate Google plus pages for our clients. Specifically, I was trying to gain access to all duplicate and unverified google plus pages to either delete them or to verify and optimize them.

Why, you ask? Several reasons. First, when you verify a Google plus page it gives you control of what Google users see when they look for businesses that are related to yours. Chances are your business is on Google already, so why not be the one who’s in control of listing the hours of operation, the contact information, and perhaps most importantly, the reviews?

Also, if the business has a blog that gets used at all, you will want to verify their Google Plus account because that is the first step in setting up Google authorship, which is a great way to give weight to each blog entry in search engines.

So there is an email you can write to, [email protected], to get help with Google plus problems. If you ask them for access to a Google plus page you did not create they will send a notification to the creator of the page, letting him/her know that you are trying to access it. The only trouble is if that person doesn’t use that email anymore, ignores the request, or simply decides to refuses to cooperate, you have failed.

So if you are serious about claiming a Google plus page and deleting duplicates, you have got to get the business involved.Google Verification

If the Google+ page is for a business, and the creator has not verified affiliation with that the business, you can request verification, which means that Google will send a PIN via phone call or postcard to the business address or business phone number. The recipient will then give you the 

PIN to enter into the verification slot, or enter it himself. Then you have authority to delete the page, optimize it, or do whatever you want with it.

So let’s go through that process. First, go to the Google Plus page you want to access. Chances are if your client didn’t create the page, the page isn’t verified, so you will see a “Is this your business?” section. Click on the link in that section that reads, “Manage this page”.

Google BusinessYou will then be taken to a page that allows you to request a verification code. Or if one has been requested already, you can request another one. It will then take you to Google’s maps page with a list of businesses on the side that it thinks could be yours. If one of them is click on it, if not click on the last option, “No, these are not my businesses”

You then click the option to have Google send verification to the business. If you are doing this on behalf of the business be sure to notify the people at that location to look out for the call or the card, and then have them give you the PIN when they receive it so that you can enter it.

To enter the PIN go back to that plus page, and click on “Edit Code”, and simply enter the code. This will grant you all the benefits of having a verified Google plus page, including the ability to delete it.

If you have a business with a few unverified Google+ accounts pointing to your business, or if you want any SEO service at all, give us a call and see how we can help you.

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