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How To Add Your Business To Google Maps
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Did you know that more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to find local businesses every single day? With more than 46% of all Google searches being used to look for local businesses, it’s no wonder that 72% of people who conduct a local search will visit a store nearby.
What does that mean for you, the local business owner? It means you’re sorely missing out on lots of local customers by not having your business on Google Maps!
Step 1: Sign into Your Google My Business Account
If you do not already have your business listed with Google, you will need to make an account with Google My Business.
The process is free and easy; create an account at google.com/business by clicking Sign In. If you already have an account, make sure you are signed in before proceeding to the next steps.
Step 2: Add New Location on Business Homepage
Once you’ve entered your dashboard or homepage, you will see the option to click the three horizontal bars on the upper-left-hand side. This is the menu. Scroll down a bit on the menu until you see the option to “Add a new location.”
Step 3: Add New Location on Business Homepage
You should now be prompted to enter your business name into a box. Type it in, and click Next. You’ll then be brought to another prompt asking for your business location. Enter your country, street address, city, state, etc., and click Next.
Step 4: Drop a Pin For Your Business
Now is the time for you to show potential customers where your business is located. Google should bring you to a screen with a map of the area you entered on the previous screen and a red pin. Zoom in to the exact location of your business, and click and drag the pin to that precise location. Any mistakes here could confuse potential customers, so make sure you get it exact.
Step 5: Confirm Business Details
The next couple prompts should ask you for your business’s category, phone number, and website. If you already have a Google My Business account, this information might already be pre-filled, but you still have the opportunity here to edit it. Continue clicking Next as you go.
Step 6: Verify Your Business To Google
You’re almost there! In order for Google to list your business on Maps, it needs to verify that you are the rightful owner of the business. This part will prompt a verification process that sends you a PIN to either your physical business address, your business phone number, or other methods. Choose the verification method you prefer, wait for your PIN to arrive, and enter it in your account to successfully verify your business listing.
After you’ve completed the verification process, your business listing will go live on Google Maps. That means users will be able to get directions to your business, leave reviews, and view photos and other helpful details. As the owner, you will be able to create promotional posts, respond to reviews, and track analytics such as search volume and the number of times directions to your business were requested.
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