Businesses are encouraged to use user-generated content (UGC) on their Google Business Profile listings – now called Google Business Profiles (GBP). This can be a great way to keep the listing fresh from an SEO perspective and also to add some authenticity to the business by showing the real day to day workings of your company.

Unfortunately, sometimes it can be tricky to get UGC approved by Google. This can be a result of a number of reasons ranging from technical parameters to aesthetic judgments and Safe Search compliance. In this article we’ll dive into why is google not approving my business photos and some tips on getting your new uploads approved faster.

The most common reason an image will be rejected is that it violates Google’s guidelines for GBP photos. This includes things like having too much text overlays, including phone numbers, using a logo as the primary photo, and more. The full list of criteria can be found in Google’s Maps User Contributed Content Policy on the Prohibited and Restricted Content page.

In addition, a photo may be rejected because it is too large or has poor quality. Ensure that the photos you are uploading meet the minimum 720px size and that your camera is set to take high-quality pictures. Blurry, dark, or low resolution images can be a surefire way to get your new photos rejected. If you have any questions on the guidelines for GBP photos, contact Google support for help.