How to claim an existing Google Places listing
Google Places accounts for somewhere in the region of 20% of searches made in Google since the integration of Places into the organic search engine results listings in late 2010. Places provides Australian businesses with a significant opportuntity to rank on the first page of Google for search terms they might not otherwise rank for. Strong competition from long-established competitors can make it very difficult to rank on the first page but a Google Places listing can allow smaller businesses to rank high on the first page – at least in their locality or for relevant location based search results.
Claiming a Places listing can work better than creating a new one
There are two options for businesses looking to get listed on Google Places – create a new listing or claim an existing listing. An existing listing for your businesses may have been established for quite some time, so claiming this listing is likely to be a more favourable option than creating a new one. You can also claim a listing as part of the creation process, if any of the details of the pre-existing Google Places listing are inconsistent with your business.
To claim your Google Places listing simply follow these few instructions:
- Navigate to your unclaimed place page and click on the button in the top right hand corner labelled “Business owner?”
- Log into your Google/Gmail account that you would like to claim the map into.
- Three options will be available, choose the option “Edit my business information” and continue.
- Fill out all your business information and click submit at the bottom of the page.
- Verify the map either by phone or by mail. By phone allows instant verification whereas mail verification can take up to a month.
Now that you have claimed your map you will be able to easily change any of the details and will be able to keep track of visitors to your website and Google Places listing through the Google Analytics interface. Changing details relating to you address or business name will result in a further verification from Google and on most occasions, subsequent verification tends to hapen via mail.
roi.com.au can assist in optimising your Google Places listing so you get the best local traffic flow to your website. Places works best as part of a comprehensive search engine marketing strategy – for more on getting a better return from your online presence, call roi.com.au today on 1300 650 274.
***Please Note that Google Places is a Free Google Product, and the you are under no obligation to have our helpful team setup your account with Google Places.