Why should I register with Google My Business?

It’s important for any new business to register with’Google My Business’ listings.

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Register your business with Google My Business and enhance your local SEO.

How do I add my business to Google Maps?

Google Maps is now part of the Google My Business dashboard. This is Google’s dashboard for managing and tracking your online presence. It includes Google Local (Google Maps), Google+, Google Analytics and also Google Adwords.

As you’re looking to set up your Google Business listing, do remember that although Google will, in some situations, display businesses from surrounding communities in the “Local” search results (Maps), you are only allowed to register your business in the town or city in which you have a physical address.

Adding your business on Google My Business

If you’re an established business, chances are your business already exists in the Google My Business directory, and you’ll just need to claim it. New businesses or new locations will probably have to be added.

1. Go to Google My Business.

  • Click “Start Now” or “Get on Google.”

2. Enter your business name and address in the search box.

Google my business listing

3. Select or Add Your Business.

Click on your business listing if it appears among the suggested matches. If not select “Add your Business”, and provide the necessary information.

As you answer questions, remember that the more precise and accurate the information Google has about your business, the better it will be able to classify and display your business listing correctly.

Your Google my business dashboard

Category Selection

Near the bottom of the form, you will be asked to choose a Category that describes your business. The category selection is crucial as it is how Google will classify your business and the type of search query it will display your listing for.

Google has preset Categories, or keywords, for each industry. Start typing your keyword in to see if Google produces a match, then select the best one. You will get a chance to add more categories later on (up to 5).

4. Verify your business

Google will want to verify that your business is located where you say that it is. This usually means waiting 1-2 weeks for a postcard with a verification PIN. Occasionally you’ll be given the option to receive your PIN by text message or automated phone call – take it – it’s much faster and easier!

5. Confirm your business. Set up a Google+ Page.

Google Plus Page Setup

Setting up your Google My Business page is the first step in Local Search Optimisation, and should be a high priority for all businesses hoping to be found online. If you are a new business, it’s an excellent idea to encourage clients to leave Google reviews on your business page. This will help boost your local search rankings. Make sure to complete your profile set-up for both your Google My Business page and your Google+ page. The more information you can include the better and don’t forget to add some nice images of your premises.

You may also find the posts about the advantages of Google Apps (G Suite) useful.

If you need help to register with Google My Business get in touch!

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