If you own a business it is a good idea to know how to add a business to Google Maps and Google Places. Most business owners are aware of the importance of creating a search engine optimized business listing to get their business placed on the first page of search results. These business owners may not know, however, where they should begin when they are actually building that listing.
Google has made the process to add a businesses to Google Maps relatively simple. The basic steps of the process happen in three steps. First, you have to enter all of your business information, which should include updated contact information, pictures and videos. Then, you will verify that all of the information is correct. And last, you wait, sometimes up to two weeks before your business listing will display in Google Places and on Google Maps.
After going through the following steps to add a business to Google Maps, you will be on your way to increasing the online visibility of your business.
Before you add a business to Google Maps you should do your research. It will be helpful for you to read the quality guidelines and the local listing content policy so that you are sure that nothing you do will get your business in trouble with Google.
Begin the process to add a business to Google Maps by signing up for a Google account. You can give other users access to update your Google Places listing only by giving them your Google account information. Then, click “Add New Business” to add a business to Google Maps.
One of the worst mistakes business owners make when they are trying to add a business to Google Maps is entering incorrect information. Make sure you are entering the actual name of your business, and the correct mailing address, phone number, and web address of your business.
For the most effective Google Maps SEO, you have to enter information into every field that is available. You are able to enter up to five categories to describe your business and your hours of operation and payment options. You are also able to include photographs and videos, which will help you stand out and engage potential customers.
Click “Submit” only after you have reviewed your business listing information for any mistakes. Once you are done entering your information you will be prompted to pick how you want to verify your information, then you will click “Finish.”
Once you have optimized your business information in your Google business listing you are well on your way to appearing on Google Maps.
If you would like to learn more about how to add a business to Google Maps, call Local Map Fusion at 1-877-264-5798.