Did Google Just Change the Policy for Solo Practitioners?
Posted by Joy Hawkins
Update: Google re-added these guidelines a couple weeks later (April 1, 2016)
Local SEOs rejoiced the day Google came up with the rule for solo-practitioners that indicated locations with only one public-facing professional could combine the listing for the organization and the practitioner.
As of today, I noticed this section completely vanished from the Google My Business guidelines. It’s been completely removed. I’m trying to get a statement from Google on why.
Here is what it said before:
Currently the page has absolutely no mention of solo practitioners or the fact that they should not have a separate page.
I’m praying this is a fluke and Google didn’t actually mean to remove this. More listings is often never what any business owner wants or needs (not to mention it’s often a ranking killer).