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What Business Types or Categories Don’t Have Access to Google My Business Posts?

Not all business types have the advantage of utilizing the Google My Business posts feature.   Usually, if a business type doesn’t have the ability to utilize Google Posts, it is because the industry is regulated.  The following Google My Business categories do not have the ability to utilize Google Posts:

  1. Adult Entertainment
  2. Camp
  3. Cannabis shop
  4. Casino
  5. Conference Center
  6. Gun Shop
  7. Hotel (all hotel categories)
  8. Vacation Rental
  9. Wine Store (and other alcohol-related categories)

There are also some categories that have a limited ability to utilize Google Posts.  These categories can use the “update” or “event” post type, but not offer posts.  Products are also missing for these categories inside Google My Business.   This also only happens if the listed categories are set as the primary category.  Their posts tab will look something like this:

instead of what normal businesses see which looks like this:

The categories that have this limited version of Google Posts are:

  1. Drug Store
  2. Medical Clinic
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Plastic Surgeon
  5. Skin Care Clinic

This list was compiled based on category names in the United States.  For other countries, these categories could vary.  Keep in mind, if you do have the full ability to do so, make sure you are tracking your Google Posts and their performance.

Have you found any others that don’t have full access to Google Posts that we didn’t mention?  Are you asking yourself, “why does google my business keep rejecting posts?” Tell us in the comments and I’ll keep the list updated.

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Joy Hawkins

Joy is the owner of the Local Search Forum, LocalU, and Sterling Sky, a Local SEO agency in Canada & the USA. She has been working in the industry since 2006, writes for publications such as Search Engine Land, and enjoys speaking regularly at marketing conferences such as MozCon, LocalU, Pubcon, SearchLove, and State of Search. You can find her on Twitter or volunteering as a Product Expert on the Google My Business Forum.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. That is interesting. I have a gun shop that has the ability to post. It is not the businesses primaty category.

  2. Monetisation and Google’s need to divert users to Google Travel in order to maximise their revenue. As a hospitality expert, Tim does a fantastic job explaining this. He is very active on Twitter, https://twitter.com/GuideTwit.

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