Get on the Radar with Google Maps | January 17th, 2011

Everyone wants to be found on Google. It’s one of the most widely used search engines out there. So why not do everything you can to get noticed?

Having an official map for your business on Google maps is one more way to get found. With more and more people using their phones to find business locations, it is almost a necessity. I can’t help but think that it will help you out in the search engine standings as well. It’s a bit like jumping up and down and saying “here I am!” to Google.

I’m happy to help you out with this if you get stuck, but if you’re the do-it-yourselfer type here’s the process in a nutshell:

1. If you don’t already have a Google account go to: https://www.google.com/accounts and click “create account”.

Google Maps Tutorial

2. Fill out the sign up form and click “submit”. You will be sent an email asking you to verify your new account. Click on the link in your email to complete the sign up process.

Google Maps Tutorial

3. Once you have a Google account, go to:  http://www.google.com/maps . Click on: “Put your business on Google Maps”.

Google Maps Tutorial

4. Sign in to your account (or if you are already signed in click “List Your Business”).

Google Maps Tutorial

5. Enter your business phone number and click “Find Business Information”. Google will pull up the business name and any information they have for this phone number on the next screen. If the business name is correct. Click “edit”. If it is not correct, click “Add New Listing”. If Google is unable to find information for your number, you will be automatically routed to the next step (step 6).

Google Maps Tutorial

6. Fill out all your business information on this screen. Keep an eye on the information to the right as it updates. You may notice that the marker on the map doesn’t not accurately reflect your location. If this is the case, click on “drag the marker to correct location”.

Google Maps Tutorial

7.Drag the marker to the correct location and click “Save Changes”.

Google Maps Tutorial

8. Once you have updated your markers and entered all relevant information, click “Submit”.

Google Maps Tutorial

9. Google will contact you to confirm that you are the owner of the business. You can choose to be contacted by mail or phone. Once you have made your selection and entered your contact name, click “Finish.

Google Maps Tutorial

Within a short time your business will have an official map on Google and, with any luck, customers will be beating a path to your door!

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