Google My Business is a free tool that allows you to manage how your online business looks on Google Maps and Search. Follow these steps to set up your Google My Business listing quickly and easily.
How to Setup a Google My Business Listing
The best way to get your Google My Business listing up and running is to follow the steps outlined below. The process is quick, easy, and completely free.
To begin the process, start with these two steps:
- Go to Google and click on Google My Business. You will see a link with "Start Your Application," which is located at the upper right corner of your screen.
- Enter your personal information as well as information about your company.
After you have completed these two main steps, you should see a verification page appear. If you have not yet created your company account, you should do so now.
The reason why you want to create a business account is to make it easier for Google to verify any information you have provided on your Google My Business listing. Once you have your company account, you can move on to the next step.
- Verify your business address with Google. To do this, you will need to find the section that says "Search by Address" or some variation thereof. To do this, simply click the option that says "Google Map,” or some variation thereof, and you should be able to find a blue link that leads back to your free tool, which will give you the address that people search for when they are performing a local search using Google.
- Add your business hours. For some reason, many people are not aware that they are actually supposed to list their business hours on their Google My Business listing. This helps bring in more local business and improves local search engine optimization (SEO).
- Add your physical address. The final step is to list any physical address you have associated with your company. Like your business hours, listing your physical location helps people find you and improves local SEO.
How to Verify Your Business With Google
Once you have set up your Google My Business listing, you will be ready to go. You can start verifying addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and your business details.
Verification is an essential part of your Google My Business listing. The more accurate information you provide, the more customers you will receive. Customers love applications such as Google Places and will perform local searches if they can trust the business.
Your Google Places account will also need to be verified, as it is the unique address for your customers where they can locate you in the search results. This ensures your accuracy in the area searches and gives customers the option of using your service instead of other local businesses nearby.
Check out our article on How to Optimize Google My Business.
Google My Business Listing FAQs
How to edit my Google Business listing?
It is easy to edit your Google My Business listing; just follow these steps:
- Log in to Google My Business
- Choose the page you want to manage.
- Open the location you’d like to edit
- Select “Info” from the menu tab
- Select “Sections” to change and update the information.
- Select “Done”
You can also use the Google My Business mobile app to make fast changes wherever you are.
What is a Google My Business listing?
Google My Business is a useful tool created by Google to help customers find local businesses on Google Maps and Google search engine results pages. The listing helps businesses tell their story and build their brand. It is a free small business marketing resource.
Do you have to pay for Google My Business listings?
No, listing your business on Google is free. You can even list multiple business locations under the same account. This free tool not only helps people find you but also helps you brand your business. We encourage every small business to create a Google My Business listing.
Can you sell products on your Google My Business listing?
Having a Google My Business account has many benefits. One of these benefits is creating posts on your Google My Business listing. With Google Posts, you can add pictures and links that take customers to sales pages and checkout pages. Be careful to avoid making Google Posts that come across too “salesy” or aggressive, as they may be offputting to your potential customers and cause them to shop with your competitors.