How to Setup Google My Business for Maximum Results?
Every online and offline local business must have a Google My Business listing. This is because people, specifically your potential customers, will be searching categories and looking you up. If you have a listing, you will show up prominently, making your business look more credible and professional.
Unsure how to set up a Google My Business listing? We’ve got you covered, along with some extra tips that will give your local business an upper hand for appearing more appealing to customers.
Step1: Make sure that your listing does not already exist
Google tends to rely on user-generated info. Customers leaving reviews or mentioning your business on online platforms might make it appear in Google search engines, even if you have not generated it yourself. If a side block appears when you search your business, then the listing exists, and you click on the link to claim the listing. But if a sideblock doesn’t appear, then the listing doesn’t exist.
Step 2: Generate the listing
Go to Google my Business through your google account and set up your listing. Fill in relevant details such as your business name, address, etc. Define the category of your business by making use of the multiple popup options available in the section. Add a phone number to finish up the listing.
Step 3: Verification process
Your listing will be verified by Google sending you a postcard through the mail. Follow the instructions given inside, such as typing in a verification code, etc., to finish up the process and make your listing official.
A few extra tips to make your listing appear more professional is to:
- Fill in the information, and make sure everything is exactly the same in as many places as possible, down to the spelling.
- Add opening and closing hours.
- Add as many relevant photos and videos if possible, and geotag your pictures as well.
- Go over to the messaging tab and enable the option to talk to you through the click of a button directly.