Google offers a great opportunity to be found through your Google profile, which is absolutely FREE to set up and manage! This is the profile that helps you to be found on Google Maps and can also help you to be found in Google searches.
If your business has been in business for quite some time, chances are there is already a profile set up for you, all you have to do is claim it. This is easy to do. All you need to do is follow these three simple steps:
Step 1 – Claim your listing.
You must have a Gmail email account to do this. Hey, it’s a Google Freebie, don’t expect them to let you use your AOL account. And, guess what, your Gmail account is FREE, too. Note, if you have a GSuite account for your business, you can also use this email to set up your Google Profile.
Step 2 – Complete ALL your information.
Must include a physical address even if you are a home based business. No Post Office Box and not the address of the Post Office, either. Sorry, they want to know that you are really a business.
Step 3 – Claim your listing
Once you claim the listing, Google will send you a postcard in the mail to validate your address. Yes, it will arrive in your mailbox. When it arrives, add the code provided to your GYBO account.
Your Listing Is Complete…Now What?
Go through your profile and add as much information as you can. Depending on your business type will depend on what sections they have available for you to complete. Below are ones you may find on your Google Profile:
- Hours of Operation (Note they also allow you to add hours for holidays. Keep these up-to-
date as well.)
- Service Area
- Phone Number
- Website Address
- Menu Link
- Menu (This is where you can input your menu right within your Google Profile.)
- Attributes: Accessibility and Amenities
- Business Description
Once you have all of your information completed, add photos to your profile. Again, what type of business you are will depend on what type of photos you want to add. Every business should add their logo. Restaurants, be sure to add photos of your menu items. If you’re a business with products, you can add photos of your products. If you’re a business with services, find ways to add photos showing your services at work.
The more information you add to your Google Profile, the more information that is delivered to potential customers! Should you find you need assistance with set up or editing your Google Profile, give us a call. We provide Google assistance to businesses throughout the United States!