Get Your Business Listed With Google Places

Ever searched google maps and seen a business listing pop up?

Those listings are a part of a free service called Google Places. Your places listing allows customer reviews, videos, and even a place for you to post updated special offers!

Start by going here to list your business. You will need to create a google account for this process if you don’t have one already.

Google will take you through some forms to fill out about your business. If you have an online business a lot of questions such as store hours won’t apply, but don’t worry you can just leave those blank.  Note, they don’t like you to use your PO Box as your address.  Here’s a quote directly from Google’s quality guidelines for creating a page:

“Do not create listings at locations where the business does not physically exist. P.O. Boxes are not considered accurate physical locations. Listings submitted with P.O. Box addresses will be removed”

In the end they’ll need to either call you or send you a postcard to verify your listing.

Here’s a google places listing that you can check out as an example. Post yours on our facebook page or in the comments below after you add your own business!

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.

Comments

  1. Google Local is very effective, and even more so when you fill in all the blanks that they’ll allow. Even though you are online, go ahead and put in hours. Also, upload lots of pictures, logos, etc. The more information you have in there the more Google likes it!

    And Laura, check the link to your listing, it’s bringing up a whole list for me.

  2. Also want to throw in the importance of having your clients write positive reviews on your listings. All the positive feedback helps boost your credibility and increases your chances of your service being selected by a new potential client or customer.

  3. pretty beneficial stuff, in general I imagine this is worthy of a book mark, cheers