Ever done a google search for a service in your own area and seen listings for local providers show up on google maps BEFORE your normal google search results ?
Yes, you know what i’m talking about. You probably wondered how did they get there? I wish my Business was also listed on top of the local search results.
Well Now you can ! I’ll show you how in 3 Easy Steps.
I’ve seen firms have great Internet presence, however have weak local Internet presence. Its important to have a Strong Local Presence and this can be easily done using the 4 steps that i have listed below. It takes a few minutes to do it your self and is well worth it. This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Guide on How to Get Your Business Listed in Local Search Engine Listings. ( Google, Yahoo and Bing )
STEP 1 : Provide Your Business Details
Visit Google Local Business Center and log in using your Google/Gmail Username and Password. You’ll then be prompted to enter your Business Name, Address, Telephone, Email, Website URL, a Brief Description of your Business ( 200 words max ) and up to 5 Categories for your Business.
STEP 2: Choose Your Verification Method
Once you have entered your Business Listing Details then you’ll have 2 Choices for Verification
(i) Phone Verification : Where Google calls the telephone provided
(ii) Mail Verification : Where Google sends you a postcard with a verification code
I’d recommend taking the mail verification as its better then waiting for a call. And you could get lucky and get a $100 Adwords Coupon from Google. Here’s what the verification card looks like.
STEP 3: Confirm Verification Using Code
Verify your listing using the verification code either given to you on the phone or on the post card from Google and your listing will go live in about 6 weeks.
As you can see adding your site to be listed in Google Maps Local Listing is simple and easy. You dont need to hire a Professional SEO firm to do this for you. However for those who dont have the time and would rather hire someone to do this for them, feel free to contact me
What i showed you was how to get the basic listing in Google Local Ads. Well recently Google took it a step forward and now offers an upgrade where you get a unique phone number from Google for tracking calls that you get from visitors to your local listing ad, ability to add Coupons, Detailed report on the calls received, clicks to your ad, driving directions to your business.
This upgrade is available for a flat monthly fee which varies based on your location, categories and is only available in San Francisco and San Diego, California for the moment.
Next Steps To Get Your Business Listed in Yahoo Local Listings