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How To Merge Your Google + Business Page with Your Local Page

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Google announced this week that they now allow users to merge their Google + Business Page with their Google Local Page. This makes things easier for businesses so that the local page can be social and businesses don't have to monitor or maintain two pages. Here are the instructions on how to get this done:

[INDENT]Click on Verify now on the right side of the page. You'll need to verify that you're representing your business by having a postcard sent, even if you're a verified business owner on Google Places for Business. Also note that verification will only work for pages created in the "Local Business or Place" category in Google+.[/INDENT]Google posted [URL="https://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2609871"]instructions[/URL] on how to do this:
After you've created your page, you can verify it:
[LIST][*]Hover over Unverified at the top of your Google+ page. Click the Verify now button when it appears. Or, click Verify now in the Is this your business? section below the map.[*]Confirm your address and click Request postcard again. Your postcard should arrive within a week or so.[*]Once itís arrived, go to the website listed on the postcard, [url]www.google.com/local/verify[/url].[*]If you've requested a postcard for multiple Google+ pages, make sure to click on the name of the business that the postcard is for.[*]Enter the PIN listed on the postcard and click Submit.[/LIST]For more on Google + and Google local, see [URL="http://www.seroundtable.com/google-page-local-verification-15526.html"]SearchEngineRoundTable[/URL].

Is your business on Google +? It is just passing a year old and although one might think that no one is on it, Google reports otherwise. However, there are many other benefits to a business for being on Google +, from the new Google Local listing integration, to Hangouts, it also integrates with many other Google services. All for free. Mashable [URL="http://mashable.com/2012/08/08/small-business-google-plus/"]analyzes the benefits of Google +[/URL] for small businesses.

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