Google Business Directory Coming Soon
Originally published on April 2nd 2015
Google has had a mish mash type of business directory for years first using the Google Directory (a parallel DMOZ), Google Maps, Google Places, Google Local, Google My Business.
All have been a mess, and in my opinion the reason being was because they were trying to combine a Maps product with a commercial directory.
The Google Maps team are effectively a bunch of geeks trying to build a mapping system, the business team are a bunch of marketers trying to monetise it.
I would love to be a fly on the wall when the 2 groups get together.
Now the only true way of making both work is to completely split it, and what better way is there than leaving the Google Maps team to develop their mapping system and the Google Marketing team to go off and create a dedicated business directory
Google Business Directory
So why a new Google Business Directory now?
Business owners treat maps as though it was a business listings site
Local listings appear to be getting worse and worse.
Google+ Business Pages just hasn’t worked
Mobile is taking over
Business Owners just don’t understand how Google My Business works
The perfect solution would be a proper, commercial Google Business Directory and a Google Business Directory App
Will it happen soon? My best bet is within months rather than years.
Google My Business removed from Google+
Take Google My Business out of Google+, Remove all the Google Maps requirements and confusion and it becomes a business listings site that all small business owners will want to be a part of.
Google have 10 years+ of directory data, maps data and Google+ data to create a stand alone business directory which will then just spawn new entries.
Why has it taken this long?