Update Your G+ Icon on Your Website for Local Businesses


On the 2nd of April 2019 Google+ was officially switched off and anyone clicking on your websites G+ social Icon is greeted with a “Google+ is no longer available” message.

 

Google+ is no longer available - Online Ownership

 

What to Do With Your G+ Icon

You have two choices now:

  1. Have your developers remove from website
  2. Link the G+ icon to your Google My Business Listing

 

For local businesses I always recommend having a link sitewide to your Google My Business Page, its good for Google to understand the connection and great for customers who want to know where you are located.

So why not switch out your old G+ url direct to your Google My Business page using your CID link (ludocid).

 

Find your Google My Business CID Number

Easiest way is to log into your GMB Dashboard. Find the View on Maps link in either Home or Info Sections.

 

Find CID Number in View on Maps - Online Ownership

 

Get ready to capture the URL in search bar as soon as the page opens >> https://www.google.com/maps?cid=1008335387778298790

Failing this, you can open the business listing in Maps >> View Page Source

Ctrl + F and search for ludocid >> \\u0026ludocid\\u003d1008335387778298790#lrd\\

Then strip out after d and # >> then add to the maps url >> https://www.google.com/maps?cid=

 

Don’t Forget your Structured Data

Don’t forget to update your local business structured data if you have included your social media profiles within sameAs and hasMap.

 

<script type="application/ld+json">
   {
  	"@context": "http://schema.org",
  	"@type": "LocalBusiness",
    "image": "Image URL",
    "priceRange" : "Price Range",
  	"address": {
    "@type": "PostalAddress",
    "streetAddress": "First Line Address",
    "addressLocality": "Town",
    "addressRegion": "State ",
    "postalCode":"Post Code"
    
  	},
  	"description": "Brief Description of Business",
  	"name": "Name of Business",
    "openingHours": "Mo-Fr 09:00-17:00",
  	"telephone": "0800 000 000",
  	"email": "info@yourdomain",
    "url": "https://www.yourdomain.co.uk",
    "hasMap": "https://www.google.com/maps?cid=",
    "sameAs" : [
    "Social media channel url", 
   “Social media channel url”


   ]
     }
   }
</script>

 

Stuck with any of the above, our local seo service can help you get your site updated and working for your local business.

 

 

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