How to list your Business On Google My Business
Google my Business is basically a free marketing listing for any business. Once you have claimed your business listing, It will help to boost your business. here you can list your products & services to reach your customer. In this post we guide for how to list your business on google my business.
In this post:
- Why it’s so important for you to claim your business listing on Google
- How to claim your business on Google
- How to verify your Google my Business listing
- What to do if someone else has already claimed your business on Google
- How reputation management software can help you save time and money
As we’ve written before, the first step in getting control of your online business reputation and responding to reviews is to claim your Google business listing as well as your pages on all the social sites like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Flicker, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Foursquare, etc.
Listings on these sites are basically your “digital store” or the way most consumers discover you before they come to your business place.
Claim your Google business listing as one of your most important marketing tools
When it comes to finding and attracting new customers to your business, the right marketing plan make all the difference. & for many small & local businesses, tight budgets & tighter schedules can make a solid marketing plan feel constantly out of reach.
Every business, regardless of size, needs to have some sort of digital marketing strategy in order to succeed. While big companies can experiment with all the latest and greatest digital marketing tools and services, this isn’t an option for the limited budgets of small, local businesses. That’s why we strongly recommend every small & local business get set up with a Google my Business page.
Google my Business is basically a free marketing listing for any business. Once you have claimed your business listing, you can add photos, menus, products, hours of work, contact information. Everything you’d want a prospective customer to know about your business. All for free. And remember, it’s Google. It’s where your customers are searching for your product.
If your Google listing is unclaimed or uninteresting, you’ll face struggle to get people in the door.”
Unfortunately, far too many businesses aren’t following advice. In fact, 5% of local business haven’t claimed their listing on Google my Business listing. This is crazy.
The great news is that claiming your Google Business listing is quick & easy. Keep reading, & we’ll walk you through the simple process of how to claim & verify your listing on Google so you can take control of your online reputation & attract more customers.
How to claim your business on Google
Start by going to the Google page for business owners: business.google.com
Step 1: Identify your Google account
If you are already signed into a Google Email account, you will see the screen below.
If you aren’t signed into a Google Email account, proceed to next step i,e 2.
You can hover your mouse over the icon in the top right hand corner of this screen to view the account holder’s information.
Is this the gmail account you wish to use to manage your Google Business account?
- Yes? Skip to Step 4.
- No? Log out and proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: SIGN IN or START NOW
Click on the “Sign In” button in the top-right corner for sign in.
If you are not currently registered with a Google email account, click the “Start Now” link to create a Google account with any existing email address (ex: @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @businessname.com) or create a new “FirstNameLastName@gmail.com” email account that’s available.
Please note: The email address, recovery phone number & other profile information you provide when creating your account will not be visible to your business customers. List the best recovery email and phone number in the event you forget your login password.
Step 3: Log in to your Google account
Sign in with the Google email account you wish to use to claim & manage your business account.
Step 4: Search for your business
Type the name of your business the field provided. If your business name along with the last part of the business address auto-populates your business listing in the drop-down list below, select it & click on Next button. If not, you’ll need to add your business.
Step 5: Add Business address
If the address in the step above is inaccurate, now is your chance to update your business address to the current information and click Next
If the address is accurate with information, click on Next button.
Only select the check box next to the “truck” icon shown at the bottom of the page, if you don’t have a storefront for customers visit to get products/services.
Step 6: Add Business phone number & website link
Make sure your business phone number & website address are correct &up-to-date on this next page. Again, if any of this information is inaccurate, update as needed then click on Next button.
Congratulations! You have successfully claimed your Google MyBusiness listing!
How to verify your business on Google My Business Listing
Now that you’ve claimed your business, you will be asked, “Do I need to verify my business with Google?” The answer is yes & it’s the next important step in claiming your Google my business listing. This step proves to Google that you own the business & gives you the ability to manage the information on your page, respond to customer reviews, upload photos, get your business found in search results, and more.
Please note: If you are claiming an “Unclaimed” Google My Business listing, you will see the page shown above. Click the Continue button to choose verification options.
If you are claiming a Google My Business Listing that is currently Claimed & Managed by someone else, (for example; webmaster, marketing manager previous employee, etc.) please do business address, please click on the Mail button on the right hand side.scroll down to “What to do if someone has already claimed your Google my business listing.”
Option 1: Verify by postcard
If you wish to receive a postcard containing a verification code sent from Google to your accurate business address, please click Mail button on the right hand side.
Postcard: Look out for a Google-branded postcard to arrive via mail/post-office. This postcard will contain the verification code needed to verify your listing. Sign in to your Google Account (business.google.com), click on the Verify Now button next to your listing, & enter the verification code. Congratulations! Your business listing is now claimed & verified!
If you wish to verify another way, click on the shield icon next to “Try a different method.”
Option 2: Verify with a different method
A faster way to verify your business listing is to have Google call elseIf the current owner does not respond within 7 days, Google will usually grant your Ownership Request. text your business phone number. Please note: This option is not recommend by us, if you aren’t at the your business location at the time you request the verification phone call, if your business number cannot receive text messages.
Work-around: If you choose to have Google call your place of business, ask an employee in advance to receive the Google verification phone call once you send the request.
Verify later: This option will allow you to verify your google my business listing at a later time.
What to do if someone else claimed your Google Business listing
Has someone else claimed your business on Google My Business Listing? Click on Request Access to notify the current listing owner that you wish to claim & manage this business listing.
Step 1: Submit requester information
- Share your info with the current owner to continue: Check this box. This is a security measure to prevent any Google user from claiming a business that is not theirs.
- What level of access would you like?: If you are the owner and want to fully manage your business listing, select Ownership. You can add other authorized users to manage your account with limited features later on. Click on Learn More for more information.
- What’s your relationship to the business?: Select your role for the business, enter your name and phone number so the owner currently managing the listing has the option to contact you to inquire about the Ownership Request.
Step 2: Await confirmation by current owner
If the current owner doesn’t respond within seven working days, Google will usually grant your Ownership Request.
If the the Ownership Request is rejected by current owner, log into your account to appeal the rejection &/or contact Google at: 1-844-491-9665.
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