Add business to Google Maps by reading below. Back in the days, we used to receive big fat yellow books with a local business directory. I remember how tedious it was to search through these thin pages with microscopic text and aren’t we glad these days are over. Today we have these things called “search engines” and they provide your potential customers with a visual experience of your business listing. Google now provides a way for local storefronts to display their store in VR (virtual reality). To add business to Google Maps, you will need to do it here.
Adding Your Business To Google Maps
First you will need to register your business listing using Google My Business. This is Google’s platform for managing your business listing on Google. With this listing, you will appear on Google Maps.
Here is the link to Google My Business: google.com/business
Open this page and go through the prompts. It will ask you what business type you are. If you are a “storefront” you will select that. You will select storefront because you either own a restaurant, retail store or hotel. You also have the option to select “service area” and this option is ideal for local businesses proving a service like plumbers, dog-sitters or taxi services. Let’s say you own a product or music band. If this is the case, you have the option to choose brand. Carefully select this as you may not be able to go back and modify this later.
Adding Multiple Business Locations on Google Maps
You also have the option to add multiple locations on Google Maps. You will need to upload a spreadsheet or excel file with the multiple locations. When you are promoted to select which business type you want to be, underneath the three main options you will see small text with link to import your locations using an excel file. Make sure you save the file in the format it specifies.
Complete & Confirm Your Registration
Fill out in detail your business information including business name, address, service area, phone number, hours of operation, etc. Choose relevant information about your business. You will be prompted to confirm your information by receiving a postcard in the mail. This is Google’s way of making sure you are a physical legitimate business that merits a place in Google Maps. IMPORTANT: The postcard will contain a code that you will need to enter within your Google My Business account in order to confirm registration. You will not be able to obtain a listing of Google Maps without entering that code, so make sure you get it.
The Waiting Period
After you confirmed your registration, you will need to wait for Google to activate your listing. This all depends on Google and it can be either instantly or may take a while. If you haven’t seen your listing come up on organic searches, remember that Google Maps serve listing relevant to users including geographically relevant. This means that the closest business may have higher positioning in the results. This is why you need to make sure you have an optimized listing. If you need help with this, drop us an email.
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