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How to remove Google My Business (GMB) Listing

How to remove Google My Business (GMB) Listing

Are you trying to remove duplicate or unverified listing from your Google My Business Listing? You are the rightful owner of the business listings but still unable to delete it because it is throwing an error message

Couldn’t remove location. Check your permissions, or try removing locations individually.”

Followed all the tutorial step by step on official google my business page but still no luck? Don’t worry! We got your back. In this GMB course, I’ll show you

How you can remove your listing in 5 easy steps.

  1. Log in to Google My Business Account
  2. Click on Manage Location
  3. Select and GMB listing you want to remove
  4. Remove GMB listing.
  5. You are done!

Follow the steps carefully, and thank me later 😛


First, go to Google My Business and sign in to your GMB account.


Navigate to Manage Locations option from the left menu selected, you will see all the listed verified/unverified/duplicate and closed business listing under your account.



Choose the business listing you want to remove and head over to action scroll button located under top right area as shown in the image below:



Scroll to last option item and click REMOVE Location


You will be prompted with a warning message read it carefully before making the last move and proceed (refer image below)


Click on remove and wait for few seconds, it may take some time to delete all the listed data.


After successfully removing your unwanted business listing you will be redirected to your to Google My Business Page and you will notice that duplicate/unverified/unwanted listing has been successfully removed and disappeared from your GMB account.


Follow the video tutorial shared above If you stuck at any step by if you still face any difficulty in deleting or removing GMB business listing. Feel free to ask me by using the comment section below 🙂

Google Panda Algorithm Update Explained

Google Panda Algorithm Update Explained

What is Google Panda Algorithm?

Google’s Panda Update is basically works as a search filter to prevent sites with poor or low-quality content from ranking into SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) over sites with High-Quality & Unique Contents. It has given privilege near the top of the search results to numerous high-quality websites and became the worst nightmare for many website publishers with low quality spammy content.

As I mentioned earlier most of the Algorithm updates are unannounced and unconfirmed, unlike Panda, On 24, February Google released a blog post about this Major Algorithm update publically on their official Blog and announced that they have

“ launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries.”

This update was developed to impact the rankings for poor low-quality websites—sites which provide very less, low or absolutely no value add to its users, copied content from other sources that are just not very useful.

Danny Sullivan who was the retired Co-founder of Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land called this update as the Farmer Update

Later Google named it as “Panda” on the name of the Google Engineer from Odisha, India. Navneet Panda. who introduced this algorithm in its early days that helped Google to create and Implement it for Better Search result.

The picture below is an actual image of one of our client whom we helped in recovering this Google manual spam action from their site 🙂

Thin content penality message Webmaster tools copy

If you are also a victim of Panda Hit, Don’t Panic. Recovering from Panda penalty is not a piece of cake. It may sound good on the surface that tells you to improve quality of content but at ground reality, it is really a very complex task to achieve the desired result, but this is also true what exactly is needed to recover from manual spam action penalty.

Google Fellow Amit Singhal has posted a list of 23 bullet points on Google’s official webmaster blog explaining “guidance on building high-quality sites” Take a deep analysis of your site look up for thin content, duplicate content, low-quality content, High ad ratio with the content, low-quality user-generated content like blog commenting, guest blog posts that are short filled with grammar or spelling mistakes, irrelevant content mismatch with search queries, etc are a few important factors you should take care of while dealing with post Panda effects.

it is NOT actually penalty if Google spots your content is not unique and doesn’t rank your page above a competitor’s page.

The video below comes straight from Google’s official webmaster youtube channel in which Matt Cutt’s explains how does Google handle duplicate content?


Moreover, you can Hire an SEO expert who can help you to deal with these problems.

The Table below contains the list of all the Panda updates that have been confirmed by Google Officially. We did not see any confirmed panda updates since long but it is obvious, there could have been unannounced releases of Panda that Google did make public.

Initial Release Date: 23, February 2011  Google’s Panda rolled out several updates since the original release date but the effect went global in April 2011.

Google Panda Update Timeline

Panda Updates Release Date
Panda 1.0
Update 1 24-02-2011
Panda 2.0
Update 2 11-04-2011
Update 3 10-05-2011
Update 4 16-06-2011
Update 5  23-07-2011
Update 6 12-08-2011
Update 7 28-09-2011
Panda 3.0
Update 8 19-10-2011
Update 9  18-11-2011
Update 10 18-01-2012
Update 11  27-02-2012
Update 12 23-03-2012
Update 13 19-04-2012
Update 14 27-4-2012
Update 15 09-06-2012
Update 16 25-06-2012
Update 17 24-07-2012
Update 18 20-08-2012
Update 19 18-09-2012
Update 20 27-09-2012
Update 21 05-11-2012
Update 22 21-11-2012
Update 23 21-12-2013
Update 24 22-01-2013
Update 25 15-03-2013
Update 26 18-06-2013
Panda 4.0
Update 27 20-05-2014
Panda 4.1
Update 28 25-09-2014

(Google Panda Algorithm Historical Updates represented in a table)

P.S: As soon as if Google releases and confirm and any new panda update. I will update the list.
Top 10 Major Google Algorithm Updates

Top 10 Major Google Algorithm Updates

Whether you are a working & experienced professional, SEO expert or just started your carrier in Digital Marketing world as a fresher/newbie and recently started exploring this field you must have heard, read or familiar with the term Google Algorithms Updates. In this post I am going to discuss  The Top 10 Major Google’s Algorithm updates you should be aware of :

  1. Panda
  2. Penguin
  3. Pirate
  4. Pigeon
  5. Possum
  6. Mobile Friendly Update (Mobilegedon update)
  7. RankBrain
  8. Hummingbird
  9. Google EMD (Exact Match Domain) Update
  10. Google Florida

According to John Muller who is a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google says “We Make Changes Almost Every Day”.

john Muller Tweet

So almost every single day, throughout the year Google introduces releases updates to its search ranking Algorithm. As per my research, It could be several thousand times a year including all the major and minor updates, out of which some changes are minor and unnoticeable but Google Occasionally rolls out some major algorithm updates which seriously revamp the Search Engine Results.

Google is constantly evolving its ranking algorithm, resulting thousands of websites move up, and down in the rankings every single time Google updates their algorithm.

Google wants to provide only the best relevant & quality search results to its user by doing this would increase chances to lift their market share and profit.

Google provides little, less and sometimes absolutely no information about Algorithm Updates. Most of them are unannounced and unconfirmed. Although the search engine giant Google does not announce the exact algorithm publically, if you want to track Algorithm updates or changes, you can either track it via graphical presentation through Algoroo or you can also stay updated with the latest trend, news, and history of all the Algorithm updates using RankRanger. and Cognitiveseo

Now let’s have a quick sneak peek at Top 10 Major Google’s Algorithm updates below:

1. Google Panda Update

Google Panda 1
  • Release date: 24, February 2011
  • Rollouts: ~Recorded Monthly throughout the year.
  • Target: Spammy Poor low value and copied content: plagiarized or thin content sites.
  • Goal: Build a healthy web ecosystem.
  • Misconception: Panda is a Penalty
  • Impact: Heavy

2. Google Penguin Update

Google Penguin
  • Release date: 24 April 2012
  • Rollouts: Total 5 update since release date, unlike Panda, it works in real time now.
  • Target:
    1. Spamdexing or irrelevant backlinks.
    2. Backlinks generated with over-optimized anchor text.
    3. Especially those sites who purchase backlinks from third-party sites.
  • Goal: Penalize and prevent link spamming
  • Misconception: Remove backlinks using google disavow tool
  • Impact: Heavy

3. Google Pirate Update

Google pirate
  • Release date: July 24, 2014
  • Rollouts: October 2012
  • Target: sites with pirated content that were violating copyright laws. (particularly torrent sites)
  • Goal:  Affect rankings of sites received a high volume of copyrights complaints filed under Google’s DMCA.
  • Impact: Moderate

4. Google Pigeon Update

Google Pigeon
  • Release date: 20 August 2013
  • Rollouts: October 2012
  • Target: Poor On-Page/Off-Page SEO
  • Goal: Improve ranking parameters based on distance and location.
  • Impact: Moderate

5. Google Possum Update

Google Possum
  • Release date: September 1, 2016
  • Rollouts: Unconfirmed
  • Target: Local businesses with multiple google my business listing (Fake listing) and having same NAP listing.
  • Goal: Diversification of local results depending on the searcher’s location.
  • Impact: Moderate

6. Mobile Friendly Update (Mobilegeddon)

  • Release date: April 21, 2015
  • Rollouts: Unconfirmed
  • Target: De-rank pages that aren’t mobile friendly or in simple words not optimized for mobile
  • Goal: Give mobile-friendly pages a ranking boost in mobile SERPs.
  • Impact: Heavy

7. Rank Brain

Google Rank Brain
  • Release date:26 October 2015
  • Rollouts: April 2015
  • Target: Lack of search query specific relevancy with the page/post
    Google’s own processes and search Algorithms
  • Goal: Rankbrain is a part of Google’s Hummingbird algorithm.It was Introduced as artificial intelligence (AI) program to refine queries (understand the meaning behind queries) that Google processes to enhance the efficacy of their search results
  • Impact: Moderate

8. Google Hummingbird

google humminbird
  • Release date:26 September 2013
  • Rollouts: August 22, 2013 (about a month prior than official announcement)
  • Target: Keyword stuffing
  • Goal: Better focus on the meaning behind the search query rather than finding matches for words and provide precise and fast search results using LSI.
  • Impact: High

9. EMD – Exact Match Domain

Google EMD
  • Release date: September 2012
  • Rollouts: Unconfirmed
  • Target: Spammy website stuffed with precisely matching keywords in their domain name.
  • Goal: De-value low-quality websites trying to trick Google’€™s SERPs just because such websites have the relevant keywords search term in their domain names.
  • Impact: Heavy

10. Google Florida Update

Google Florida Update
  • Release date:16 November 2003
  • Rollouts: Unconfirmed
  • Impact Level: Very High
  • Target: keyword stuffing, the use of multiple sites under the same brand, invisible text, and hidden links.
  • Goal: Battle against search engine optimizers, who are trying to influence Google’s rankings for profit.