Deleting Duplicate Google+ Pages When You Have No Access

Are you working on a Google+ page for a business and stuck trying to figure out how to clean up duplicate pages you have no access to?

After talking to a rep at Google, this is what she had to say about the issue:

There are three types of pages in Google+:

1. Google+ Brand Pages:

These are Google+ pages for business.

2. Google+ Business Pages:

These are listings from Google Maps that were claimed and later merged with a Google+ pages.

3. Google+ Ghost Pages:

These are duplicate Google+ pages set to auto-delete at some point by the system due to lack of activity.

If you don't have access to a Google+ brand page, there is nothing Google can do to help you delete it from the back end, other than sending a notification to the current admin. For some reason they can do that, but can't give you their contact information.

Google can only remove duplicate business pages as long as you are the current admin of a verified business page.

What's the best thing you can do?

Claim your business listing on Google (if it already exists) and merge it with a Google+ brand page to get a "verified" Google+ page. This listing will display a check mark next to the name of your business.

Why is this good enough?

Yes, I understand the pain point here. Having duplicate listings for your business on Google+ search results doesn't look professional and it may be confusing by the end user. But reality is, only a few will discover your Google+ page by searching on it in Google+.

Most will actually find it by either clicking on a link in your website pointing to it, or search for your business on Google (not Google+). If that's the case, Google will feature the verified Google+ page.

Overall the most important thing you want to make sure is done, is that your business has a "verified" listing on Google+. After that, try to get access to the duplicate accounts if you can, but don't spend too much time on this.

If this is not a problem you're having, but you're still reading, then perhaps this is a good reminder to take the time to properly create a Google+ page the first time. The best way to do this, is by using Google's wizard to get your Business on Google and Google+.