INFOGRAPHIC: How to Get Your Business to Show Up on Google Maps

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As a business owner, it is extremely important that your business shows up in Google search results and on Google Maps. Statistics show that the majority of consumers utilize search engines to find information about local businesses, and Google Maps is the most widely used mapping tool. Imagine a situation where a potential customer in your area searches for portable toilet rentals. What if one or more of your competitors appear in the results and your business doesn’t? That’s a scenario you definitely want to avoid. Here’s how to get your business to appear on Google, including Google Maps.

How to Get Your Business to Show Up on Google Maps

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How to Get Your Business to Show Up on Google Maps

Sign Up

Step 1: Go to https://google.com/business and click “Start Now” in the upper right

Step 2: If you already have a Google account, sign in. Otherwise, create an account at https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?continue=https%3A%2F%2Faccounts.google.com%2FManageAccount

Step 3: Enter the name of your business. As you type, suggestions for possible matches will appear. If you see your business, select it from the suggestions

Step 4: Complete the rest of the fields with your business information, then click “Continue”

Step 5: You may see a potential matching business suggested to you. If this is your business, click it. If it’s not your business, click “Keep the information I entered”

Step 6: You’ll see the option to confirm that you’re authorized to manage the business. If you are, check the box, then click “Continue”

Verify

Step 1: If your business information is correct, click “Mail” in the top left corner of the page, over the map where your business is pinned. Make sure not to click “Verify later” below

Step 2: Enter the name of the person the verification postcard should be mailed to

Step 3: Click “Send postcard”

Step 4: Once you receive your verification postcard (it may take a few weeks to arrive), return to https://google.com/business

Step 5: Sign in and click “Verify location” from the menu (or click the “Verify now” button)

Step 6: Follow the instructions to enter the verification code from your postcard and complete verification

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