How to Submit Your Business to Google Places and Get Found on the Web
For the past few weeks we’ve been posting tutorials about how to use some powerful and free SEO tools to help you improve your WordPress site’s rankings with search engines. Whether your site runs on WordPress or not, you don’t want to neglect the opportunity to promote your business and get some attention online using Google Places.
What is Google Places?
Formerly known as Google Local Business Center, the new Place Pages help people who are searching to make more informed decisions about where to go. Google lists everything from restaurants and hotels to dry cleaners and bike shops, as well as non-business places like museums, schools and parks.
Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners.
Step 1: Go to Google Places and click “List Your Business”
If you have more than 10 business listings you can add them quickly using the bulk upload feature. They make this as easy as possible for you.
Step 2: Check to see if your business has already been picked up by Google Places.
Simply type in your phone number on the first registration screen and see if it matches correctly with your business number and location. If it matches, then you can go ahead and edit your existing listing. If not, you’ll want to create a new listing and make sure you’re signed in with the Google account that you want to use.
Step 3: Follow the steps that Google guides you through.
Enter all of your basic information, add categories that apply to your business, hours operation, payment options, photos, videos, and any additional details you want potential customers to know about.
Step 4: Get your listing verified.
Google will call you to verify your listing, so have your phone handy. Otherwise you can verify via SMS or postcard. It shouldn’t take more than 12 hours for your listing to appear. Now you can track how your business listing is performing on Google with a personalized dashboard within Google Places. It includes data about how many times people have found your business on Google.
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