You own a local business. You want as many local people to be aware of you as possible. An excellent first step and technology is to register your business on Google My Business.
By registering your business with Google, your potential customers will be able to see helpful details about you when they do a search.
Google Maps will show the location of your business. Search results will come with specific details like opening times and contact numbers. You’ll even be able to post updates and offers straight to Google to help customers come to you.
Registering only takes a few minutes and is well worth doing. Here’s how.
1. Sign In To Google
You need to sign in to Google to use this service. You likely already have a Google account; if you have a Gmail account, you have a Google account! If not, you can sign up by searching gmail signup on your browser.
2. Go To The Google My Business Page
Now that you’re signed in to Google, go to the Google My Business page at www.google.com/business. Click the “Start Now” button. It’ll take you to the sign up form where you’ll input some basic information about your business.
3. Register Your Business On Google My Business
You’ll see a screen like this one. Fill in the details it asks for to complete this step.
It will ask you for your:
Delivery area (if you deliver)
Business category (Gifts and Flowers, Pets, Vehicle Sales etc)
Website address (if you have one)*
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4. Get Verified
At the end of the registration, it’ll give you various options on how to verify your business. This is a way to avoid spam and to prevent someone pretending to be the owner of your business. The options are by:
Not all of these options will be visible to you but just pick the one most convenient to you. I used “Postcard” as verification for my buisness. When using this method, they send out a postcard which arrives in less than a week. The card has a unique code on it and a link. By going to the link and inputting the code, you register your business on Google. Simple as that!