Removing a business listing from Google requires a few steps to ensure accuracy and legitimacy. Keep in mind that the exact process might change over time due to updates in Google’s policies and interfaces. As of my last update in September 2021, here’s what you generally need to know:
Access Your Google My Business Account: To remove a business from Google, you should have access to the Google My Business (GMB) account associated with the listing. If you don’t have access, you might need to go through a verification process.
Log In and Locate the Business: Sign in to your Google My Business account and locate the business listing you want to remove.
Edit or Delete the Listing:
- Edit: If you want to make changes to the listing (e.g., update information, change operating hours), you can edit the existing listing without completely removing it.
- Delete: If you want to remove the listing entirely, you can follow these steps:
- Click on the business listing you want to delete.
- In the left-hand menu, click on “Info.”
- Scroll down and find the “Close or remove this listing” section.
- Click on “Remove Listing.”
- Follow the instructions provided to complete the removal process.
Verification: In some cases, Google may ask you to verify your decision through an email or a phone call. This is to prevent unauthorized removal of legitimate business listings.
Google’s Review Process: After submitting a request to remove a business listing, Google may review the request to ensure it meets their guidelines and policies. This review process can take some time.
Possible Issues and Considerations:
- Duplicate Listings: If there are duplicate listings for your business, it’s recommended to consolidate or merge them rather than deleting them outright.
- Ownership Disputes: If you’re not the owner of the business or if there are ownership disputes, the removal process could be more complex and require additional documentation.
- Google’s Policies: Google has specific guidelines regarding what can and cannot be listed on Google My Business. Make sure your request to remove the listing complies with these policies.
Patience: The removal process might not be instant. It could take some time for Google to process your request and reflect the changes.
It’s crucial to note that Google’s processes and interfaces can change, and the steps outlined above might not be exactly the same when you’re trying to remove a business listing. Always refer to the most up-to-date information from Google’s official resources or contact their support for assistance.
Additionally, keep in mind that Google My Business policies and procedures can vary based on location and jurisdiction, so there might be regional differences to consider as well.