If you hadn’t noticed, Google Places has become Google Plus Local. Local marketing is especially important to you as a small business owner. People use Google to search for businesses and services, and the last thing you need is to have that messed up.

The changes in Google Plus Local (GPL) will affect you, so here’s the low down on what’s going on.

One of the things that many small local businesses have found was that after Google switched to GPL, the new roll out has been quite buggy. This may have affected your listing and ranking.