Google Places is Adding Categories on its Own

Early yesterday morning, we began noticing that clients who have the new dashboard were displaying a red error message beneath the category section.


When I looked into the category section, I noticed a variety of seemingly random categories have been added. Some of which custom categories that Google wouldn’t normally allow:


At first, i thought someone else had access to this listing and were making changes to their listing, once i started noticing this problem happening for several of my clients, I knew something must be up. I contacted Google Help today and they told me that Google has just rolled out an update and these weird categories are populated data from around the web.   Google is now seeking to assign categories themselves to your services.  As of now, they are really bad at it (surprise surprise)

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Brittany Filori
Brittany Filori

Brittany is an accomplished COO & current CEO of 51Blocks who has written 3 digital marketing books including White Label Digital Marketing: How to Effectively Scale Your Agency for Time & Financial Freedom. Brittany is an expert on how agency owners can remove themselves from the day-to-day operations and focus on selling to scale. She helped create The Just Sell Method™ which has helped 300+ partners grow their book of clients and become more profitable with their own digital marketing agency. Brittany is passionate about leadership, operations, and agency growth.

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