I’m positive a lot of you have got acquired one or two (or extra) requests from Google Enterprise Profiles saying the proprietor is requested entry to take care of your small business. I simply delete them however I’m listening to from Native SEOs that that is turning into increasingly of a difficulty.
Ben Fisher mentioned within the Native Search Discussion board “I’m seeing a ton of proprietor requests are available from hijackers, are you all seeing the identical? Began this week.” Others are saying sure, however perhaps not simply this week. Scott Rawlins replied, “I noticed fairly a number of perhaps 3 weeks in the past (for a few weeks), however the requests have dramatically declined for me.” Sarah mentioned “Final week I bought 5 rip-off requests from the identical particular person! I’m used to getting perhaps 3 a month, however I too have seen a rise not too long ago.”
Right here is the Google assist doc on possession requests that claims “If a Enterprise Profile on Google has already been verified and also you’re approved to handle the profile, you may request possession from the present profile proprietor. If you cannot discover a “Declare this Enterprise” or “Personal this enterprise” hyperlink on the Enterprise Profile, you’re possible already an proprietor for the enterprise. In your profile, seek for a “You handle this enterprise profile” badge.”
Simply be on the outlook for these requests, they might appear official and if you don’t personal the enterprise and also you simply handle that enterprise for a shopper, be tremendous cautious earlier than granting somebody you do not know entry to that enterprise itemizing.
This isn’t a brand new problem, it has been occurring for a few years however there are reviews of an uptick on this fraudulent exercise.
You do not need a competitor getting access to your small business itemizing on Google after which requesting the enterprise to be faraway from Google Maps and Google Search.
Discussion board dialogue at Native Search Discussion board.