How to Add your Business to Google Maps?

Adding your business to Google Maps means stepping up your game! While appearing on the first page of Google’s search result will gain you potential customers to visit your site, providing your business location on Google Maps will attract local customers to your physical store.

If you haven’t added your business to Google Maps yet, here are the steps to do so:

1. Have Business in Google My Business

This is essential especially if you have a site for your business. This will promote both your website and business location.

In some instances, having your business listed in Google My Business does not mean it already has listed your business location in Google Maps. Check if it already has; if not, do it by yourself. 

Listing my business in google
seo new york city

2. List Your Business

There are three ways to input your business:

First, click the search bar and search for your business. Look at the lowest result and if it is “Add your business” Click it.

Second, right-click anywhere on the map. Options will show up and one of them is “Add your business”.

Lastly, look at the top-left side of the map, you will see the Menu button. Options will show up and one of them is “Add your business”.

Whatever you chose from the three, all will ask you to provide your NAP which consists of your business’s whereabouts, contact no., and name. You will also need to put what category does your business belongs to. You can also add your schedule of operation, email address, and your website.

 

Adding your website is an advantage. It will help you promote your website. For example, someone wants to shop for dresses and uses Google Maps to look for the closest, at least just a few minutes away, clothing store around her, and it happens to be your business. Before going directly to your shop, she can visit your website first to have a heads up of what you are selling.

Providing the right and specific NAP and schedule of operations come in handy too. Given the right business name and address, your potential customers can easily find your store. For any inquiries, they can easily contact you through your business’s phone number or address.

Aside from all of these, Google also values those who provide their information precisely. The category that you’ll input will help Google to identify your business and will help them know when and where your business should be suggested. Make sure all the information that you will provide are true and exact.

3. NAP

Whatever you chose from the three, all will ask you to provide your NAP which consists of your business’s whereabouts, contact no., and name. You will also need to put what category does your business belongs to. You can also add your schedule of operation, email address, and your website.

Adding your website is an advantage. It will help you promote your website. For example, someone wants to shop for dresses and uses Google Maps to look for the closest, at least just a few minutes away, clothing store around her, and it happens to be your business. Before going directly to your shop, she can visit your website first to have a heads up of what you are selling.

Providing the right and specific NAP and schedule of operations come in handy too. Given the right business name and address, your potential customers can easily find your store. For any inquiries, they can easily contact you through your business’s phone number or address.

Aside from all of these, Google also values those who provide their information precisely. The category that you’ll input will help Google to identify your business and will help them know when and where your business should be suggested. Make sure all the information that you will provide are true and exact.

4. Create Google Business+

Familiarize yourself with all of its features. You will need this so you can move easily and upgrade your business on Google. If you wish to add some information in your business, look at the upper right of your dashboard. You will see a red “Edit” button. You can update your profile picture, upload photos, and provide a brief description and introduction of your business. Make sure to keep all of these professional, business-related, and pleasing to the customer’s eyes.

You can also update outdated information like contact numbers as time passes by. If you wish to publicize any events, you can do so by clicking the “Posts” button (still on the dashboard), and share what you want to share.

Keep all your writings professional and specific. If you don’t feel confident about your writing skills, you may consult professionals, colleagues, or friends. Or better yet, hire a writer.

Now that you are done with the steps, you can easily monitor your business. Keep it updated. Look for other features of Google My Business to make your business more advanced.

5. Verify your Business

To prove that your business exists at where you said it does, Google will send you a postcard that contains the verification PIN. It will take at least 1-3 weeks for you to receive it. Be patient and just wait. The verification process will only last for 30 days so confirm your business the moment you receive the postcard.

In some cases, Google will give you a choice aside from waiting for the postcard: receive a text or an automated phone call. Choose one of the two, it’s faster than waiting for a postcard.