The free GMB Scanner now has a Pro edition that can give you even more data to help bust spam on Google Maps.  All of the original free functionality will remain free.  If you're happy with what the extension does today, then you don't have to do anything to keep that functionality.

In addition to virtual offices, the Pro edition will flag addresses that are residential, vacant, or have missing or incorrect information (such as non-existent suite numbers).

Getting Started with GMB Scanner Pro

To get started, simply download the free version of the Scanner if you haven't already.

The next step is to go to the App and log in (this is a 1 step process). Next, you should see the main menu button in the top right corner, as pictured below.

Top right main menu

After clicking on the main menu, you will see an Account option.  Your GMB Scanner Pro Key will be prominently displayed on this Account page.

Copy this key and click on the Scanner extension button.  A popup will open that displays a text box for entering the Scanner key.

Once a valid key has been entered, you should start seeing additional flags when searching on Google Maps.

Pay per usage

The Pro edition is billed on a "per usage" basis, instead of a subscription.  Each address scan is $0.01, and your account will start off with a trial credit.  If you would like to add additional credit, simply press the "Add Funds" button the Account page.  

You can toggle the checkbox seen above to turn off the GMB Scanner, if you'd like to save usage credit when not spam hunting on Maps.

If you should run out of usage credit, the extension will continue to work the same as the free edition.

Tips for using the Pro Scanner

There are a few tips that can make your spam scanning sessions more useful.

  • Clicking on an individual Map listing will pull up its detail page, where the Scanner will add additional info, such as the CID of the listing.  This is useful when reporting spammy locations via the Google My Business redressal form.
  • Google only displays street addresses on the main Map page, so has to use the lat/long to determine a city and state.  While this usually works, the likelihood of a mistake increases the further out the map is zoomed.  Some flags, such as the invalid address flag, are only shown if you are at zoom level 15 or higher.
  • When you see an "invalid address" flag, it's worth clicking into the detail page, where the extension will have access to the full address, and can re-verify it. You may see some addresses where they are only flagged as invalid on the main map page.  This is because the extension has to make an educated guess for the city and state.

Happy spam hunting!