Google Places – How Do I Get My Business Listed?

Every business should claim their Google Places listing. It's free, and it's how you appear on Google maps, with all your important business information – location, hours of business, etc.

So how does it work? Go the Google Places Support page to get started. Here's what to expect:

  • You should become familiar with the basic listing policies. 
  • Create a Google email account (it's free if you don't already have one) – read the guidelines on creating the account.
  • Find out if your business is already on file with Google Places. If not, you will create a new listing.
  • Add your basic business information (name, address, phone number, website); you will be contacted to verify this information.
  • Add supplementary information: business description, business category, hours of operation, payment options, photos, videos, and additional information.
  • Verify your listing: Google will contact you by phone, SMS, or mail (your choice).
  • That's it! The next step is to optimize your listing for search engines (more to follow …).
  • But don't forget your Bing Buisiness and Yahoo Places listings – they matter too [more to follow].

By the way, if you don't own a storefront, you can still claim a service area for your business (and hide your physical address).

Google Places

A checklist is here.

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