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Google+ Local Page Photo Guidelines

by Timothy Martell on August 9, 2012

Google PlusGoogle recently released guidelines for their Google+ Local Pages, outlining what you can and can’t do with the main picture on your Local page. It is important to stay on top of these announcements from Google, make sure you read over these guidelines to make sure you aren’t hurting your local page, it could have big implications on your SEO.

Photos that are uploaded to Google+ Local Pages should be relevant. Specifically they should:

-Not be graphical logos

-Not be merely text, unless it is relevant to the place, for example the menu of a restaurant.

-Not be copyrighted

-Not be screen shots

-Not have people as the main subject

-Be of respectable quality. Photos that are overly blurry, noisy, rotated, or too dark may be removed

Most of these guidelines make perfect sense to me but a couple struck me as a little odd and slightly too restrictive. Specifically the second to last one “not have people as the main subject.” If your business provides a service to people why would it be a bad thing to show your satisfied customers on your local page. Especially if the service you provide is, lets say, portrait photography. How are you supposed to showcase your skills if photos get taken down.

As always keeping up with Google is extremely important. Whenever they put out a statement like this you can be sure that it will change a few things and probably go against a few things you’re already doing on your page.

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Linda Buquet August 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

Those guidelines were for USER uploads not business owner images.

I made the same mistake and blogged about it back in July. But I work directly with Google and got them to add a label to the page finally indictating it’s CONSUMER guidelines, because it was not labeled and many business owners were confused.

Then just this week they changed those guidelines and removed the restrictive logo and people part. So the part you are referring to is no longer even there. (Silly Google.)

The whole long story over at the Local Search Forum:
http://localsearchforum.catalystemarketing.com/showthread.php?221-New-Google-Local-Photo-Guidelines-No-More-Logos-and-No-Ugly-Mugs!

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