If you’re a business owner who has decided to invest some time and effort into broadening your company’s online presence through local business directories, congratulations. You’ve taken an important step toward distinguishing yourself from the competition. Now, the next step is to determine which listings you want to be a part of. One that you should definitely be on is Google My Business. Here’s how to create a Google local business listing.
Three Easy Steps for Creating a Google+ Local Page
When people wonder how to create a Google local business listing, many of them simply assume it will be a complex, time-consuming undertaking. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. You can, in fact, have your listing up and running in as little as five minutes or even less. Follow these five steps and you’ll be ready to go.
- Go to this link if only managing a few locations. If you have more than 10 locations, use this link. For this example, we’ll create one location. Select “Get Your Page.” Then, choose your business type.
- Type in the name of your business or business address.
- If your listing comes up, it may already be created, so you can request to gain ownership of the page. If nothing comes up, select “None of these match” to create a new one. You can use this tool to check your business if it already exist.
- Put in your business’s name, address, and phone number. It’s extremely important to put in accurate information so that your business information is consistent across the web.
- Eventually, you’ll be asked to verify the existence of your business by mail or phone so that Google knows it is actually located in the place you say it is. Once you’ve received the pin and have entered it into your account, your business location will be verified.
- Congratulate yourself on being one step closer to optimal local search visibility!
In order to get the most out of your listing, however, you’ll want it optimized. This means adding high-quality photos to make your business stand out, using the right keywords throughout the listing, and putting your listing on your website as well as in your e-mail signature. That listing won’t deliver many benefits if it’s not optimized so that people can learn more about what you have to offer.
If you’re still not comfortable with creating a Google local business listing or you need help in optimization, get in touch with the experts at Advice Local. Give us a call at 855-714-7634 or contact us online.