Google Encouraging Business Owners to Keep Knowledge Graph Info Up-to-Date

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Google Encouraging Business Owners to Keep Knowledge Graph Info Up-to-Date

When was the last time you checked if the Knowledge Graph information for your business up-to-date? Next time you conduct a Google search you may be reminded to give it a once over.

SEJ reader Dan Leveille sent in a tip today informing us that Google is proactively encouraging searchers to keep their business information current.

If you’re signed in with a Google account that’s associated with a Google My Business page, you may see an alert similar to the one below:

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Leveille adds:

“Other than asking developers to include social profile data, this seems like the first time Google is proactively asking business owners to directly suggest edits to their Knowledge Graph info.”

To the best of my knowledge that observation is accurate, which is a certainly a benefit to business owners who may be oblivious to such things.

In addition, Leveille discovered an updated help document, which describes Google’s criteria for being considered an “official representative of an entity in the Knowledge Graph.

In order to request a change to a Knowledge Graph card, you have to:

  • Own an online presence that represents the entity in the Knowledge Graph card.
  • Ensure that an online presence — such as a website, YouTube channel, or Google+ page — is included in the Knowledge Graph card.
  • Be signed in to the Google account which owns that online presence.

Once a change has been suggested it is subject to be reviewed by Google, which will then update the Knowledge Graph card after confirming the accuracy of the suggested change.

Featured Image Credit: Natee Meepian / Shutterstock.com
All screenshots taken by Dan Leveille on 08/02/16

Matt Southern
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