“FYI the Mapmaker interface totally blows. What a confusing, ineffective, waste of my time. Maybe there is written instructions in a booklet somewhere on how to actually use this thing.”
Without a doubt, I agree with Jeffery. My first impression of the MapMaker was that I couldn’t believe that the team over at Google couldn’t do a better job than that on their MapMaker. What a shame! It’d take a complete blow Joe to figure out how to use the damn thing — what makes it a shame is that we regularly see Matt Cutts and all the other Googlers rampaging about how we need to focus on more quality and a more user friendly website. Google is regularly (daily) de-indexing websites and penalizing them either by Google penguins or Pandas or what ever.
There is a new, simplified MapMaker interface being rolled out in Canada that makes editing directly into MapMaker much easier.
After hearing about the “new”, more simplified MapMaker interface that rolled out in Canada — I couldn’t help but to rush over to see it, and give it a whirl. What a difference! To take a look at it for yourself — all you have to do is use Google+ and search for a Canadian business and click on the “Report a Problem” link. You will be taken to the simplified MapMaker front-end with this new user friendly interface. Try to overlook the URL — it’s full of ugly and unnecessary code.
To use this new awesome interface, to edit a US business — take a simplified version of the following url:
Once you have copied and pasted the URL where you need it — you want to substitue the CID of your local business for the CID above. You will then gain open access to an MapMaker interface that is 100% functional and yet simple enough, for people like you and I.
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