Several clients have asked me recently how to get their business included in company listings that show up on Google search and Google maps. It’s a great question and an easy and free way to help promote your business.
Just about anyone with a company both small and large can sign up for a free Google My Business account. To register for an account just click here.
Once you’ve registered, all you have to do is provide information about your business. It’s important to use an accurate street address as this is what Google uses in part to verify the business.
Also just as important is selecting the industry for your business. The best part, in my opinion, of Google My Business is that your business will now appear under Google searches of that industry in your area. For example, if you are starting a law firm and search for an attorney, your name will appear in the business listing.
Don’t worry about what industry you initially select, you’ll have the option later on of adding addition industries that also describe your business. They allow up to five categories.
It will also link your website, your phone number and your hours of operation, among other information, along with your new Google business profile.