Google My Business guidelines are filled with things you should never do. These guidelines can be confusing since some issues are far more serious than others on the list.

We have prepared are some details regarding Google’s local listing suspensions.

Why you were suspended?

Google does not make it a habit of telling you why your account got suspended.

The main reason for this is Google wants to avoid helping people who break their rules.

Different Suspensions

One type of suspension is when you log onto your Google My Business and notice that dreaded “suspended” label, and can no longer manage your listing – but can still see your listing on Google or Google Maps.

Usually when the aforementioned happens it is because you broke their rules/guidelines and Google has removed your managing abilities. To correct this, simply create a new Google account and re-confirm the listing in question –  ensure you don’t break their rules anymore!

Another type of suspension is when an entire listing has been removed from Google. This suspension is far more serve than the first mentioned, and includes the removal of your photos and reviews as well. Google Map Maker will indicate that your listing has been removed.

The only solution to this severe suspension is to get Google to reinstate the listing. The probabilities of this are slim since Google has most likely decided that your listing has not qualified to be on Google Maps.

Here are some of the top reasons Google decides to suspend local listings:

You have keywords in your name field

Google’s guidelines clearly state:

Adding unnecessary information to your name (e.g., “Google Inc. – Mountain View Corporate Headquarters” instead of “Google”) by including marketing taglines, store codes, special characters, hours or closed/open status, phone numbers, website URLs, service/product information, location/address or directions, or containment information (e.g. “Chase ATM in Duane Reade”) is not permitted.

You included a forwarding URL

Never include URLs or phone numbers that forward or redirect a user to a landing page. Much like the keyword suspension, this will most likely not result in a serious suspension.

Numerous verified listings for one business

Google guidelines state: “Do not create more than one page for each location of your business, either in a single account or multiple accounts.”

If you have numerous listings for your business, Google will suspend all of them, but will only un-verify the actual business. All of your duplicate listings will be completely removed.

Your Business is not allowed on Google Plus

Google has apparently started suspending certain types of business from joining Google Plus. A solution if this occurs is to have an unverified listing up on Google Maps.