Your July 2020 Search Engine Bytes Digest
 by Kristi Hagen

What's the best way to manage a Google My Business location that's no longer in use?

  • Our business has 2 Google My Business locations. The second listing is for a location we used 2 years ago as a temporary warehouse. Even though we don't use it now, I claimed the location in order to manage it.

    I'm wondering, should I just mark that business as closed? ...or is there something else you'd recommend?

    I want to avoid any negative impact on the primary business and location. Please advise.


First, be sure you have the correct primary and secondary phone numbers on your main Google My Business listing.

Then, mark the 2nd location as closed.

In regard to negative impact, your first location should be fine due to the fact that second locations (or wrong locations) pop up all the time with duplicate/incorrect info. So claiming them, and then removing them, is standard operating procedure — nothing here to worry about.SEN article end

How can I get Google to list my updated site and domain name and drop the old one?

  • I've recently redesigned my website and moved it to a new domain name.

    The old website and domain name existed since 2013 while the new domain and website went live this year in January. Currently the old website is still live and co-existing with the new site. As a result, there are portions of the old site sharing duplicate/similar content with the new.

    When I search Google, the old site comes up as the #1 listing in the organic search results, but the new site is nowhere to be found.

    However, the new site shows up as part of the local listing that comes up with the same search (the listing that displays directions, hours, address etc.). When you click the website tab of the local listing, it takes the visitor to the new site.

    What do you recommend as best SEO practice to stop the old website from showing...

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